The 8th Manawatu Walking Festival
1st – 3rd  March 2024, is NOW UNFORTUNATELY CANCELLED due to lack of numbers, as at 19 February.

People who entered on Eventfinder will receive a  full refund and we apologize for all those who have enetered.

Explore the walks

Friday 1 March

Saturday 2 March

Sunday 3 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 January 2024.

Book your ticket online from around mid January 2024

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.