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11 Sep

What’s On: The Breeze Walking Festival byHertz NZ

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Educate yourself, experience stunning scenery and wildlife, and socialise with others. That’s what The Breeze Walking Festival 2013 is all about, with 25 free walks over 10 days, it covers Christchurch’s best locations, from beaches to forests to city streets. For the second year, it offers a chance to explore the Garden City, starting with an opening event at picturesque Halswell Quarry on September 28. These school holidays, why not take a Christchurch car rental and head out with the whole family? The opening ceremony includes celebrity guests and spot prizes (bring a picnic or pick up some food onsite), and wraps up with a gentle stroll. Here are a few other highlights:

Marae to Marae Hikoi

October 4, 10am–12noon, Nga Hau E Wha Marae, Pages Road

Whether you’re pushing a buggy, riding a bike or scooter, or powering along on your own two feet, this 6.5km stretch is a great opportunity to get the blood flowing.

Escape From the Zoo

October 6, 10am; 1pm, Band Rotunda, near Christchurch Hospital

Indulge your wild side! Get in touch with your inner animal on this comedy walking tour that’ll haveperformers re-enacting Hagley Park’s historic zoo.

The Loop in Times Past

October 3, 1pm–2pm, South Library entrance, Colombo Street

From the Heathcote River around Beckenham Loop via the Donkey Track, you’ll learn all about local historical places of interest along the way.

Our ever evolving City by Foot

October 2, 4, and 5, 1.30pm–3pm, Outside Central Library Tuam, 121 Tuam Street

Familiarise yourself with the new central city on this walk. From new hotspots to popup community projects and guerrilla art, it’s a chance to see life springing up in vibrant corners around the CBD, and get inspired by recovery stories, redevelopments, and relocations.

Tuhaitara/ Pegasus Coastal Track Walk

October 1, 10.30am–12.30pm, Te Tai Kohaka Trust Office at Woodend Beach Domain

This guided walk takes in Tutaepatu Lagoon, and various habitat restoration spots, starting with a jaunt to Pegasus Beach car park before returning along the beach and meeting up with the inland track. Pack a picnic lunch and bikes for the kids.

Explore the Rail Trail

October 1, 9.30am–11am, sign-posted car park on State Highway 75 (Christchurch to Akaroa Road)

This is not your typical nature walk. From Ataahua Point to Kaituna on the Little River Rail Trail, it’s all about exploration, fun and games, led by experienced ecologist Niall Mugan and suitable for children over six.

Gondola and Bridle Path

September 30, 10.30am–1.30pm, Bridle Path car park, Bridle Path Road

First point of order: catch a gondola to the top of the Bridle Path and soak up the views along the crater. Then it’s all downhill, with sweeping views of Canterbury, Christchurch and the ocean. Gondola cost is $10 per adult; school-aged children free (suitable for those over six)

Halswell Walk ’n’ Puff

September 30, 10am–11am, St Mary’s Church, 329 Halswell Road

Take advantage of a behind-the-scenes tour of the Halswell miniature trains before jumping on for a ride. One free ticket per person.


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