Manawatu Walking Festival

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.

Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
From March 5 to
March 7, 2023
3 days


Manawatu Walking Festival

Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand


Manawatu Walking Festival

Conditions of entry and disclaimer

While every reasonable precaution has been made to make these activities safe, the organisers of Manawatu Walking Festival cannot be held responsible for any accidents or injuries that occur during the event.

All participants should ensure that their fitness level is appropriate for the walk that they have chosen.

Please note: no dogs are permitted on any of the walks.


The Manawatu Walking Festival management team reserve the right to cancel any event.  In the unlikely event of any activity being cancelled or amended the website will be updated.  All registered participants will be advised where possible by email or phone, but are advised to also check the website of any changes or cancellations.

Bookings are non refundable.

What to bring

We advise that you bring sunscreen, sunhat, rain or wind jacket, sturdy walking shoes, drink, snacks and insect repellent.

Walks start with transport from the Te Manawa Museum Carpark, 326 Main Street, Palmerston North.