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

Family walking in Walking Festival

The Walking Festival

The Walking Festival will be back in 2024.

Whether you’re a fan of local history, getting out into nature, socialising or pushing yourself to get that awesome view, there’s something for all ages and abilities. With over 55 walks across Ōtautahi, Selwyn and Waimakariri, you'll be spoilt for choice.

While you wait, explore Ōtautahi, Selwyn and Waimakariri all year round via self-guided walks. To find a walk nearby or explore a new district, check out the local trails in the area:

Otherwise, check out the 2023 Walking Festival booklet [PDF, 9 MB] for some inspiration.

The Walking Festival is coordinated by the Christchurch City Council in partnership with over 30 walking host groups.

If you would like to host a walk during the Walking Festival 2024, please get in touch with our team at or 03 941 5333.

Recreation Aotearoa Awards 2021

The Walking Festival received a Merit Award for Best Event at the Recreation Aotearoa Awards in 2021.

The Recreation Awards recognise excellence, innovation, and effectiveness of outstanding activity within the recreation sector as well as the achievement and service of individuals whose commitment and contribution promote the ongoing development and enhancement of the industry. 

Thank you to all of our staff who continue to work hard to bring the Walking Festival to life each year as well as our partners who are with us every step of the way. 

(external link)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 heaps of walking groups in Canterbury. Pop into the local library or Customer Service Hub to pick up a Christchurch Walking Groups booklet.

For more walking ideas, check our find-a-walk page or search for walking groups on Active Canterbury(external link).

To get in touch, please email 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. 

(external link)Proudly supported by the Mountain Safety Council.