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

The Walking Festival

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The Walking Festival will be back next year in 2023!

Whether you’re a fan of local history or getting out into nature, socialising or pushing yourself to get that awesome view, The Walking Festival offers something for all ages and abilities. With over 50 walks across Christchurch, Selwyn and Waimakariri, make sure you stay up to date by following our Walking Festival Facebook page(external link).

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:

If you would like to host a walk during the Walking Festival 2023, please get in touch with our team at or 03 941 5333.

 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 service centre to pick up a Christchurch Walking Groups booklet.

For more walking ideas, look at our Walk Waitaha guide(external link) for inspiration, 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.
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