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Get out your dancing (and walking) shoes


walking weekend artYes, it’s less than one month to go to the 17th Annual Mangawhai Walking Weekend, April 1-3. Planning for this year’s event started in April last year. Over 150 local community volunteers (plus caterers, entertainers and merchants) are needed to put on the event.

The highlight for many participants is the annual Food & Wine Festival to be held on Saturday April 2.

After your walk, come and relax and unwind and in the Olive Grove, find your spot under the olive trees, and enjoy the late afternoon sun along with a delicious food and wine selection available from our local producers. With fabulous music and dancing it’s a fun way to spend your Saturday afternoon. Tickets are limited and the last two years events sold out so order tickets early.

This year’s highlight will be performers Daughter of Ally. The two dynamic sisters have a massive following right across New Zealand, and aside from their stunning vocal ability, their fans love their repertoire of songs which span the 1950s rock and roll era, right through to some of today’s top 40 hits. This will be their first time in Mangawhai.

The Food & Wine Festival is an R18 licenced event – sorry no children, no BYO and no dogs please. Tickets are available on the mangawhaiwalking.co.nz, at Bammas in the village, Mangawhai Books & Gifts at the Heads, $25 per person or gates sales on the day $30.

A Leabourn shuttle service will operate on the day between the Surf Club car park and the Insley St festival venue. Cost $5 per person each way. No bookings are required. Leabourn Passenger Service (09) 423 7416.

Booked your walk yet?

A number of the walks are already a sell-out with Blokes And Their Sheds the first to be full. Also sold out is the Garden Spectacular.

If you are looking for something not too strenuous the Thornleigh Farm Walk or the Mangawhai Highlights And Hidden Pathways may suit.

Another walk that gets tremendous feedback is the Geology Walk, a gentle stroll along Mangawhai Beach with geologist Gary Carr. This will provide you with a new perspective on

the forces that have made Mangawhai a magical place. And who knows, you might even be able to answer some of those difficult questions from your grandchildren when they next come to visit – like “where does the sand come from?”

n If you would like help selecting a walk or anything else about the weekend, don’t hesitate to call Dorothy (09) 431 5950. Check out facebook.com/mangawhaiwalkingweekend.

SELLOUT: Walkers look forward to letting their hair down at the popular Wine & Food Festival.

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