Welcome to the 7th Manawatu Walking Festival!

The Starpath River walk on Sunday March 7 is still on and will go ahead.

Sculpture and Mural Walk scheduled for 5pm Saturday has been postponed to a later date. Those who booked through Eventfinda will be advised when the date will be.

Unfortunately due to Covid-19 restrictions and with people coming from throughout New Zealand, we have had to cancel all walks that require transport to the event in this year’s Manawatu Walking Festival except the two below that do not require transport.

The Sculpture Walk on Saturday March 6 and the Night Walk by the River on Sunday March 7  will still go aheadive

The 7th annual Manawatu Walking Festival will be held from 5-7 March 2021 in Palmerston North and the wider Manawatu region, from the Ruahine and Tararua Ranges, to the sea. Details of the walks can be seen  from  November 5th 2020 and we will be able to take bookings from November 14.

Explore the walks

Friday 5 March

Saturday 6 March

Sunday 7 March

The festival brings together locals and visitors from around New Zealand to experience the stunning and scenic walks in the region, while learning from local experts who run the guided walks.

Hosting next year’s festival is a range of experts from experienced tramping guides, historians, conservationists, story-tellers and photographers. There are walks for all ages and fitness levels, with plenty of options to choose from including the iconic Te Apiti – Manawatu Gorge Track through native bush, a twilight beach walk that ends with a feast of fish n’ chips and an urban art and sculpture walk, if you’re after a dose of city culture.

Bookings are essential.

For tickets and information on walk durations, start times, transport and space available, please visit each walk’s page that will be available around early November 2020.

Book your ticket online from around 9 November 2020

The weather

This festival is centered around the outdoors, but unfortunately, the weather isn’t always on our side. If any event is cancelled due to weather, the information will appear on this page.