The Breeze Walking Festival 2015

It’s cool to be a cyclist, or a scooterer, or a Segway-er, but one of life’s simplest pleasures is walking. The Breeze Walking Festival goes from Saturday 26 September to Saturday 10 October. This year’s festival is in the school holidays, so there are plenty of walks suitable for the whole family.

  • 16 days
  • 37 free walks
  • all terrains, ages, and interests – many are suitable for people in wheelchairs and whanau with babies in buggies.

The NRG + Great Dog Walk
The Great Dog Walk, 2014. Flickr: 2014-10-04-Archie NRG Walk Oct 14

Here’s a few that you might like. You can see all walks in the programme, available to pick up from ibraries, service centres and recreation and sport centres, or download the programme [3.12MB PDF]

Greening the Rubble Walking Tour

  • Saturday 26 September 2pm to 4pm
  • Tues 29 September 10am to 12noon
  • Saturday 3 October 2pm to 4pm
  • Tues 6 October 10am to 12noon

Meet: Re:START, Pod Oasis. Corner of  Lichfield St & Oxford Tce, Central City
Approx distance: 4km
Explore transitional public gardens on demolished building sites across the city centre. Learn how the gardens contribute to the rejuvenation of our ever changing city with a guide from Greening the Rubble.
Booking required, limited to 20. Text only 022 071 6360 or email

Eastside Hikoi – Friday 2 October

Time: 10am–12noon
Meet: Cowles Stadium carpark, Pages Road to board bus to New Brighton Library.
Approx distance: 5km or 7km
Hikoi through the heart of the east with whanau and friends to celebrate the life and health of our wonderful community. Walk, talk and explore the new Aranui, Wainoni, Avondale trails. Free bus from Cowles Stadium or meet 10.30am at New Brighton Library.
Rain day: 9 October

All Right? Amble – Sunday 4 October

Time: 11am–3pm
Meet: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
Approx distance: 2-4km
Part treasure hunt, part orienteering, this is a fun family walk with a difference. Pick up your map from the Botanic Garden Visitors Centre by 2.30pm and scout out hidden delights. Collect a stamp at each point and return your map for a prize!
Rain date: Sunday 11 October.

SCAPE 8 Artworks – Monday 5 October

Time: 12:30pm–1:30pm
Meet: Corner Gloucester and Colombo Streets, Central City
Approx distance: 2km
Join us for a guided tour of the exciting temporary and permanent artworks which form SCAPE 8 ‘New Intimacies’ on the SCAPE Public Art Walkway.
Booking required, limited to 20.
Phone (03) 365 7994 or email

Spectacular Street Art – Tuesday 6 October

Time: 9:30am–12noon
Meet: YMCA Christchurch, 12 Hereford Street
Approx distance: 5km
Local and international street artists have transformed our cities blank walls into impressive works of art. On this walk check out some of the amazing walls that have been painted in Christchurch.
Rain date: Wednesday 7 October.
Booking required, limited to 30.
Phone YMCA (03) 304 8460 or email
Suitable all ages. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Art by Jacob Yikes, rear of 159 Manchester Street
Art by Jacob Yikes, Flickr: 2015-02-03-IMG_5728

There are lots more walks – see the full list  in the programme, available to pick up from libraries, service centres and recreation and sport centres, or download the programme [3.12MB PDF]

Cover of Walk AwayMore walking stuff

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