For our Auckland-based teams, here’s a fantastic Oxfam Trailwalker training week right on Auckland's doorstep.
The 2014 Waiheke Walking Festival is a great training opportunity with 46 FREE guided walks on offer over nine days, November 15-23. Enjoy all that Waiheke Island is famous for - beautiful beaches, spectacular scenery, delicious food, divine wine and do it all on foot.
With a variety of terrain and stunning views, every walk is sure to be amazing. Here are our picks of the walks that will be fantastic to incorporate in to your Oxfam Trailwalker training programme:
Saturday November 15, 9am – Waiheke’s Gone Bunkers
3 hour walk from the Matiatia ferry building that includes a history lesson about the Owhanake area and you can easily extend it by walking back to the ferry.
Monday November 17, 10am – Cross Island Walk – Whakanewha to Onetangi
5 hour track walk (inclusive of stops) from one side of the Island to the other with an optional walking festival lunch offer at Peacock Sky Vineyard along the way.
Wednesday November 19, 9:30am – Te Matuku to Orapiu
4 hour walk including a bit of bush bashing along a gorgeous track that follows the coast alongside Te Matuku Marine Reserve.
Thursday November 20, 9:30am – Te Whau Wow
5 hour walk including everything from bush to sculpture, coastlines and clifftops. Plus there’s an optional special lunch at award winning Te Whau Vineyard on the way.
Saturday November 22, 8:30am – Madame Rouge
2.5 hour walk through private land at heart of Waiheke’s wine country. Easily extendable with Onetangi beach nearby.
Saturday November 22, 7pm – Rorohara by night
2 hour walk including a visit to Rorohara Estate’s gloworms. This is a great chance to crack out your head torch and practice your night walking. Be quick, this one books out fast!
Walks are free but you must register at www.waihekewalkingfestival.org.