From 17 April to 2 May 2021 the Walking Festival provides a chance for all Cantabrians to put some spring in their step and explore their region.

Be part of 2021 Walking Festival

We have decided to postpone the 2020 Walking Festival until to April 2021.

If you have a great idea for the 2021 festival, we want to hear from you. We recommend that you read the walk leaders information sheet first.

Applications close 5pm Wednesday 30 September 2020.

The Walking Festival 2021

Keep an eye out for updates here and on our Facebook page(external link) and feel free to provide feedback below on what you’d like to see at the next festival.

We hope you keep enjoying all the amazing walks in Ōtautahi Christchurch.


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(external link) for tips and free resources.

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 & 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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