The Mangawhai Walking Weekend kicks off with a scene setting, atmosphere filled ramble around the estuary and streets in the heart of Mangawhai Heads.
The Troubadour Trail on Friday March 16 is a relaxed walk with stunning views, interspersed with performances designed to entertain and enthral, and a great way to get into the mood for the weekend of walking ahead.
With three start times 30 minutes apart (starting at 2.30pm), ramblers make their way along the estuary through some of the many snickets and walkways that make Mangawhai such a special place.
Just when you are ready for a break, the troubadours appear, showcasing their music, art and culture. Then, when you are rested, you follow the trail until you are yet again surprised and delighted by the next group of troubadours.
There are five gigs of 15 minutes each, 15 minutes walk apart. The trail takes about two-and-a-half hours to complete.
What is a troubadour you ask? Think medieval lyric entertainer, composer, singer in Provence and Northern Italy, but with a Kiwi twist. Their main purpose is to entertain and please. Who are they you ask? Well if we told you that it would spoil the surprise and anticipation!
So get ready to relax! For more information and to book, see details this page.
n March 15-18: The 19th Annual Mangawhai Walking Weekend, Mangawhai, Northland. Pre-booking essential at mangawhaiwalking.co.nz
n March 17: Annual Mangawhai Food & Wine Festival, The Olive Grove, Mangawhai. See advert inside back page. Pre-book at mangawhaiwalking.co.nz or tickets at the gate. No BYO. Must be over 18.