Walking Festival Promotes Head To Head Walkway For Whakaraupo/ Lyttelton Harbour

31 October 2013

Want to get intimate with the beautiful scenery of Whakaraupo/Lyttelton Harbour? See the crabs scuttling in and out of their holes, the vibrant bird-life, all the little hidden bays and the stunning reflections in the water of the harbour: Come on the Harbour Loop walk in the Banks Peninsula Walking Festival.

The walk serves to trial an uncompleted walkway from Godley Head to Adderley Head that the council has been working on in past years. Rowena MacGill and Nicole Wiedemann will lead the walk in two parts over the two weekends of the Walking Festival, 2nd - 3rd November and 9th - 10th November. MacGill says:

“Although at six hours each day it is a full day's walk, the track is mostly easy and we will have plenty of stops to rest and chat. The plan is to go from Lyttelton, around the harbour to Purau in two days, but it is of course possible just to do one day. The scenery is wonderful, with new perspectives - quite different to whizzing past in a car on the road ... There is huge potential for the Head to Head walk. We can share our beautiful harbour with visitors and have many local businesses blossoming alongside it. For example Nicole, who is guiding the walk on the 2nd and 3rd, is setting up a guided walk business on the Bridle Path.”

The Walking Festival also offers – for the first time – walks across the whole of Banks Peninsula, including an introduction to the GeoPark project with Dr. Sam Hampton, the popular overnight camp at Quail Island with Mark Brabyn, and a great variety from short walks in the townships to more challenging tramps.

Find the full programme of 39 walks at http://www.lyttelton.net.nz or pick up a brochure at your local library. For more information or to book for walks phone the Lyttelton Information Centre 03 328 9093

Lyttelton Harbour Festival Dates Set for 2014

Project Lyttelton introduces a new Lyttelton Harbour Summer Festival for 2014, including The “Lyttelton Tea Party,” a night of music and festivities around Lyttelton township on Friday 7th February, and “The Great Pirate Beach Picnic Party” in Corsair Bay on Saturday 8th February.

Like the Festival of Lights, the Summer Festival includes an open invitation for local businesses and community groups to hold an events or get involved.

The Harbour Harvest Festival is planned for 4th - 6th April 2014. The Harvest Festival offers a weekend of activities, workshops, stalls and performances celebrating the culmination of a year's work in the garden, a time of bounty and a traditional focus for community celebration.