Archie’s Big Day Out at the NRG + Great Dog Walk

 Saturday 4th October

I jumped out of bed, come on Mummy let’s go!

We were going to the NRG + Great Dog Walk at Roto Kohatu Lakes (part of The Breeze Walking Festival). I couldn’t wait to get there and meet all the other dogs and people taking part.

The NRG + Great Dog Walk

So I dragged Mummy to the car, in my car seat and off we go. I have never been to Roto Kohatu Lakes before, it was really beautiful, and there were heaps of other dogs and people to say hello to.

But Mummy said we had to put in our registration form first! Then I could meet the other dogs and people. I was so excited I didn’t know who to meet first. I met a Great Dane; he was so tall I couldn’t even reach his nose! There were Chihuahuas, they were even smaller than me. Tall greyhounds who thought I looked funny; they even got a little bit scared of tiny me! There were so many dogs! Old dogs, puppies, big dogs, little dogs, fluffy dogs, shiny dogs, tall dogs, short dogs, noisy dogs, hairy dogs! I have never met so many different dogs, it was great!

Mummy had a look around the information stalls, some had toys and food, I liked those ones best.

It was time to start the walk, we all lined up eagerly, Mummy said we would probably do the 3km walk, as I only have little legs. But I was enjoying myself so much, I kept pulling her, please, please let’s keep going. So we did the whole 5km walk.

It was the best walk ever, I got to walk in long grass, on tracks, by fields and streams, and drink out of a creek. I even saw horses for the first time; they are really big and fast. Lots of dogs walked past us with their long legs, but it was great saying hi to them all. When we finished we were given a bag FULL of goodies, including dog rolls and treats I couldn’t wait to try them. I can’t wait for Mummy to bring me back for another walk.

When I got back to the car I went straight to sleep, I was so tired.

But I can’t wait to go back next year; I hope more doggies will join me.

Tania Cook
Off-Site Delivery Team

The NRG + Great Dog Walk

Step on! The Breeze Walking Festival 27 September to 5 October

Springtime is perfect walking time. The Breeze Walking Festival begins on Saturday 27 September, and brings you a range of events to get you walking, talking, and enjoying the sights of Christchurch, the Waimakariri and Selwyn.

Here are a few of our picks, go to The Breeze Walking Festival website for lots more.

Tou Olo o Saele – Let’s walk let’s bounce

Saturday 27 September 9am to 2pm.
Meet at Linwood North School, 221 Woodham Road, Linwood North.

It’s Tuvalu language week. Let’s celebrate the diversity of Pacific communities with our Pacific youth, families, nanas and poppas by going on a fun, interactive walk. Information sharing, health checks, great entertainment, celebrity guests, food and music completes this big day out.

Bookings required – phone Pacific Trust 3663900, email or register on the day.

  • Search the library catalogue for Tuvalu

Pukeko Stomp

Wednesday 1 October 10.30am-noon.
Meet at Burwood Plunket Rooms, 149 Burwood Road, Burwood.

A perfect outing for babies in buggies, young walkers and their families. Experience Travis Wetland including surprise guests, story  telling and fruit kebabs along the way. Return to the Burwood Plunket rooms for more fun and information about preschool children programmes and services.

Walking Festival 2014 Angus  Giant Pukeko reading WF booklet IMG_3010

Harbour Rockhop

Thursday 2 October, 2 walks, 1pm and 3pm
Experienced guides from Adventure Specialities Trust are taking 80 lucky walkers free rock hopping coasteering adventure around the shoreline.  Limited to 40 per walk. Must be 8 years old+ Get in quick! Bookings with CCC 941 8999.

Child of the Transitional City

Saturday 4 October, 2 walks, 10am and 2pm
Sense the cityscape with a child’s eyes on a guided walk through the transitioning central city.  Finish with fluffies.
Limited to 15 per walk. Must be under 5 years old. Get in quick! Bookings with CCC 941 8999.

The NRG+ Great Dog Walk

Saturday 4 October 9.30am-12.30pm
Meet: Roto Kohatu Lakes Carpark, Sawyers Arms Road, Harewood
Whistle up your dog and head to Roto Kohatu Lakes to take part in a dedicated walk for our canine friends. Celebrity dogs, information and
demonstrations by dog clubs and services will inform and entertain you. Dogs must be on a lead and under control at all times. All entries go into a
draw to win great prizes. Registration on the day: 9.30am-10am.

All Right? Amble

Sunday 5 October 11am to 3pm.
Meet at Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre, Botanic Gardens, Central City.

Part treasure hunt, part orienteering this is a walk with a difference. Pick up your map from the Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre and find five hidden
delights. Collect a stamp at each one and return for a prize! Last map available at 2.30pm.

Cover of Walk AwayMore walking stuff

The Breeze Walking Festival will put spring in step

Nancy Sinatra’s  boots are made for walking, however my boots are not. My sneakers are, and I’ll need good sneakers for The Breeze Walking Festival. This ten day festival features 25 walks across the city. The walks are graded, so you can choose anything from easy walks on flat terrain to hard walks on hills. Some walks are suitable for buggies; some are dog-friendly; all of them look like fun and will make a pleasant change from my usual walk through Bottle Lake Plantation.

Now I like winning stuff, though most of the time I can’t manage to win an argument.  During the Walking Festival, for every walk you do, you can enter a draw to win one of two prize packs from Stirling Sports.

The walks will be very social, so if you see me say hello.  I’ll be the one wearing white sneakers. It is quite possible that you will see me at the Halswell Quarry, or at The Groynes, or at the beach, or in the city, or…

You can pick up a brochure from any Christchurch City Library or Service Centre or download one [2MB PDF].

If The Breeze Walking festival has inspired you to take up walking: