The Walking Festival provides a chance for Cantabrians to explore amazing walks in Christchurch, Selwyn and Waimakiriri.

The Walking Festival 2021

Nau Mai Haere Mai – The Walking Festival is back from 17 April to 2 May.

If this is your first time, welcome to the wonderful world of walking. If you’ve joined us before, welcome back. Whether you’re a fan of local history or getting out into nature, socialising or pushing yourself to get that awesome view, there’s something for all ages and abilities.

With over 50 walks across Christchurch, Selwyn and Waimakariri, make sure you get amongst it. This year we've based our 50-plus walks around three pillars of wellbeing: Explore: Hōpara, Learn: Ako and Connect: Hano. 

To check out the walks on offer, visit our What's On page(external link) or the festival booklet(external link).

Visit the Walking Festival Facebook page(external link) for updates and key information.


The three pillars of wellbeing

Last year’s COVID-19 restrictions didn’t just cancel our plans for a 2020 Walking Festival they also gave many of us an appreciation for exploring our backyards.

This is your opportunity to explore local and neighbouring areas all over Christchurch, Waimakariri and Selwyn and to experience environments you may never have seen up close.

Don’t take our word for it – hear what our experienced guides have to say.

Our walks will teach you all about our natural environment, and the historical and cultural places of interest in our city and district.

The mental health benefits of regular exercise are well known, and the Walking Festival brings you the benefits of connection.

Meet people from other districts, migrants and refugees and like-minded walkers, and build connections that last beyond our two weeks of events.

Love to walk?

Have you considered getting involved with a walking group or maybe even setting up your own? Meeting up with others can help you feel more motivated. If you're interested in starting your own group, visit Active Canterbury for tips and free resources(external link).

There are lots of walking groups in Canterbury. Check out some of the below groups in your area or pop into the local library or service centre to pick up a Christchurch Walking Groups booklet.

For more walking ideas, hold on to your festival programme for future inspiration, check our find-a-walk page or search for walking groups on Active Canterbury(external link).

To get in touch with us please email walkingfestival@ccc.govt.nz or call Jacqui Miller on 03 941 5333.


Walking Festival objectives

Exploration, Discovery/Learning and Connection

  • Hapori: Developing community well-being.
  • Whenua: People are connected and feel a sense of belonging to their local place, to Ōtautahi and surrounding districts.
  • Whānau: Our stakeholders and partners are supported to provide recreational opportunities.
  • Te Ara: Provide pathways for people to continue to walk regularly.
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