The Breeze Walking Festival

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Put some spring in your step and boost your wellbeing at The Breeze Walking Festival. The Festival is a chance to discover new places, learn more about old hangouts, try fun activities and above all to enjoy spring sunshine and good company.

This year's festival will be running from Saturday 29th September to Sunday 14th October 2018 to coincide with the school holidays.

There will over 50 free walks catering to people from all walks of life: from child-friendly jaunts to more challenging treks for the experienced walker.

There’s a walk for you whether you’re a fan of the outdoors, local history, art, wildlife, socialising, or keeping fit. Some walks require bookings and have limited numbers.

Exciting new additions to the 2018 event are opportunities to:

  • discover Quail Island;
  • try Walking Netball;
  • walk Malthouse to Cracroft in the Springtime;
  • view the Historic Glentunnel site and the stunning Hinewai to Look Out trek;
  • explore the East with the Rawhiti Roam; and
  • do the All Right? Amble at Waimakariri.

Visit The Breeze Walking Festival website for more information.

View the online programme for The Breeze Walking Festival. You can pick up a copy of the programme from your local Library, Service Centre or Recreation and Sports Centre.

Tune into The Breeze 94.5FM during the Festival for more details. You can also phone 941 8999 for more information.

Feature walks during the Breeze Walkiing Festival
Dogs' Day Out

Begin with a guided, scenic walk and then explore Ferrymead Heritage Park at your leisure. Lots of treats for dog lovers of all ages.

Date and Time: Sunday 30th September 2018, from 10.30am to 2.30pm.
Location: Tram Car park (first right off Ferrymead Park Drive).
Approx Distance: 3km.
Cost: $5 for adults, $2 for children (5 to 16 years). Under 5s and dogs free.

Gruffalo Explorers

Meet new friends on this self-guided walk including snake, fox, owl, a few special New Zealand species and the Gruffalo! Suitable for pre-schoolers.

Date: Wednesday 3rd October 2018.
Start Time: Anytime between 10am and 1pm.
Location: Bottle Lake Forest Information Centre (Waitikiri Drive).
Approx Distance: 2.3km.

All Right? Amble

This is a fun family walk with a difference - part treasure hunt, part orienteering. Pick up your map from the Botanic Garden Visitors Centre and scout our hidden delights.

Date and Time: Sunday 7th October 2018, from 10.30am to 2.30pm.
Start Location: Botanic Garden Visitors Centre.
Approx Distance: 2km.

Meet in the Middle

A fun-filled community day for the whole family to celebrate the transitional city-to-sea Avon River Trail. There will be food trucks, regattas, kids activities and live music including Tiki Taane at Kerrs Reach.

Date and Time: Sunday 7th October 2018, from 10.30am to 2.30pm.
Start Location: Richmond Park or Avondale Park.
Approx Distance: 4km from Richmond Park, and 2.5km from Avondale Park.

Pukeko Stomp

Shake your tail feathers as you skip, walk, hop and stomp your way around Halswell Quarry to find Perky the Pukeko and friends.

Date: Tuesday 9th October 2018.
Start Time: Anytime between 10 and 11.30am.
Start Location: Halswell Quarry (Kennedys Bush Road, Halswell).
Approx Distance: 1.5km.

Places for People

Catch up on the latest developments with Otakaro Ltd on this 1-hour guided walk featuring Crown-led anchor projects in the central city.

Date: Saturday 13th October 2018.
Start Time: 10.30am or 11am.
Start Location: Victoria Square (Colombo Street).
Approx Distance: 3km.

Waimakariri All Right? Amble

This is a fun family walk along the Kaiapoi River with a difference - part treasure hunt, part orienteering. Pick up your map from Trousselot Park in Kaiapoi.

Date and Time: Sunday 14th October 2018, from 10am to 2pm.
Start Location: Trousselot Park (Charles Street, Kaiapoi).
Approx Distance: 2km.


Active Canterbury gives helpful tips on starting out walking and other useful resources if you’re a beginner or new to walking.

Find out about more walking groups and paths (CINCH, Christchurch City Libraries)