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       Summer 10-11
     What’s                                                                Kia Ora and a warm
     inside                                                             welcome to our latest issue
        NZ Holiday Hotspots
        SUMMER 2010-2011
                                                                         of NZ Holiday Hostpots

PORIRUA                                          3
Totally Cool.
ON THE WAY TO TAUPO                           4-5
The biggest, brashest and best
medieval tournament.
EAST COAST                                      6
Spectacular horse and
western events.
ON THE WAY TO MT COOK                            7
South Island wonderland.
WHATS ON                                      8-9
MARLBOROUGH                               10-11                              New Zealand is a wonderful place over the summer months.                  with you as it will give you many options and choices for that
Classic fighters.                                                         Wonderfully vibrant with a diverse landscape to enjoy and of                  special time you are after.
                                                                         wonderful array of outdoor activites to enjoy in the sunny and                   Please also retain a copy of NZ Holiday Hotspots as a reference
TOP OF THE SOUTH                               12                        warm climes which will prevail over the next six months.                      guide for the future.
Golden Bay Cultural Food                                                     This issue brings to you a selection of our favourite                        Have a great summer
and Wine Festival 2011.                                                  destinations . Areas renowned as holiday hotspots where a
HAWKE’S BAY                                    13                        relaxing or action packed holiday – whichever you prefer - is a
Stunning entertainment.                                                  certainty.
                                                                             Whether you are a tourist in our country or a kiwi enjoying
KAPITI/HOROWHENUA                         14-15                          a holiday in this wonderful country of ours take this publication
Golden Bay Cultural Food
and Wine Festival 2011.
Front cover: main photo: Taupo Joust Tournament.

                                                                                                                                                                          Wrights Hill Fortress
Circles: Harvast Hawke’s Bay Festival, Foxton Fair,
Red Baron Triplane at the Omaka air show, photo by
Gavin Conroy.
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   The Elements
   Festival – Totally Cool!
       The power and life of water is the primary           of the attractions that they love and may also be
   element integral to celebrations at the 2011 Festival    surprised by several items new to the Festival.
   of the Elements this Waitangi Day, February 6, at Te        Margaret Armour, Festival Coordinator,
   Rauparaha Park, Porirua.                                 says that “we have such an exciting line up of
       The Festival is a fantasia of arts culminating to    talented artists and different shows – it will be
   celebrate the cultural diversity of Porirua, made        outstanding!”
   possible by the Treaty of Waitangi. Earth, wind,            The day begins with an opening ceremony
   fire and water are significant to all people and are     at 12 noon and continues through to 7:30
   elements of unity in celebration. Tangata Whenua         pm. It is the best FREE family day
   and Tangata Tiriti will rejoice together by way of the   out on Waitangi Day on offer
   arts on this special one day festival.                   anywhere.
       The Porirua Arts Council are proud to present yet       For more information about
   another unique collection of performers, from story      the Festival of the Elements
   tellers, dancers and musicians to wickedly talented      2011 check out the website
   ice sculptors. Regular festival goers will find many

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collection, and is the centre for genealogical research in Porirua.
More information about the Porirua Library collections can be found on the library online catalogue and via the
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                                                                                                                                                    On the way toTaupo                    5

                 This be the
                 biggest, the
                 brashest and the
                 best medieval
                 in New Zealand
                       Held this year for the last time at Spa Park,         the siege engine in action. On Friday 21st we
                  Taupo; the Taupo Joust is New Zealand’s premiere           open the tournament to the public with a day of
                  medieval event. Come and see armoured Knights              workshops, displays and activities guaranteed to
                  battle for supremacy in the Knight’s Challenge;            put you ‘hands-on with history’. There is indeed
                  and visit a medieval soldier’s camp and hear               something for everyone.
                  the clash of battle call you to the field. Witness             The Tournament is fun for the whole family,
                  pitched battles, knightly single combats, siege            with special entertainments for kids of all ages.
                  artillery, archery and so much more. This is indeed        It’s fun, it’s educational and it’s affordable. The
                  a weekend of Very Dangerous Entertainment.                 event is open to the public between 10am and
                      Be part of the spectacle. Step through the             5pm from Friday 21st January through Sunday
                  gates and enter a world like no other. Visit the           23rd January, 2011. We will also be open on Friday
                  historic encampment and see what medieval                  night for an evening Ceilidh and Fireshow.
                  life was like, or witness the awesome power of                 Come to Taupo and see History come to Life.

                                                                Daily year round, scenic flights:
                                                                Taupo, Tongariro and the Volcanic Plateau
                                                                    A range of Floatplane tours over New
                                                                 Zealand’s World Heritage Tongariro National
                                                                    Park, Volcanic Plateau, Lake Taupo and
                                                                    White Island. Enjoy spectacular scenic
                                                                 flights in our high wing Cessna Floatplanes.
                            Lake Front, Boat Harbour, Taupo. Ph: 07 378 7500
Email: Web:

   Easy parking and friendly personal service in an historic
            and scenic rural New Zealand setting.

                                                                         This vibrant district museum contains an array of exhibits
                                                                         with everything from Maori treasures to a ‘cute as’
                                                                         Kiwiana caravan celebrating Taupo holiday heritage.
                                                                         There’s a children activity area and also a special ‘living’
Men’s women’s and children’s clothing   Quality Giftware, NZ Cosmetics
                                                                         exhibit now on permanent display in Taupo - it’s the
                                                                         ‘100% Pure New Zealand Ora - Garden of Wellbeing’
   Quality Clothing and Giftware:                                        winner of a coveted gold medal at Chelsea Flower Show
   • NZ Made Merino and Possum Merino                                    in 2004.
   • Cashews •Black Pepper • Canterbury                                  View the changing exhibitions of contemporary
                                                                         New Zealand artwork in the art gallery or join a one-hour
  • Fabia Shoes • French Country Giftware                                guided walk of the historic park right
               and much more                                             outside the museum
All general clothing items and work wear including outdoor wear,         (Sundays at 2pm).
            thermal wear. Manchester and homewares.
                                                                         Ph. 07 376 0414
          Hunterville Trading Company                          
16 Bruce Street, Just off state Highway 1, Hunterville                    Open daily from 10am to 4.30pm
                 Ph/fax: 06 322 8205                                     Story Plade, Tongariro Domain, Taupo
                                                                                                                                                     Ph: 06-388 0118   Fax: 06-388 0148

                                                                                                                    112-114 Hautapu St, Taihape
    6       East Coast
                                                                                              Spectacular horse
                               hope BAY OF PLENTY                                            and western events
                                                                                              It’s the 28th of December and you and your family are                                                 It features spectacular
                             Absolute beachfront, set amongst 23 acres of mature trees.
                                                                                          twiddling their thumbs wondering what to do next. The                                                      horse and western
                             We are a family orientated holiday park that offers
                             accommodation options suitable for every budget, including   shops in town are closed and it looks deserted and like it                                                events and competitors
                             beachfront power & tent sites, luxury 5 star beachfront      has been overrun by cowboys. Everyone has flocked to the                                                label it as one of the
                             apartments, park motels, self-contained units, kitchen &     Opotiki Rodeo Grounds in St                                                                           best in New Zealand.
                             standard cabins.                                             John Street. A 700kg bull                                                                               Parents can sit back and
                               367 Harbour Road, Ohope Beach                              bred especially for bucking, a                                                                   enjoy, kids can get their very
                                     W H A K ATA N E                                      $1000 purse (prize money) and                                                                first taste of the Opotiki rodeo. A
                                                                                          John Key riding his own blue                                                                        day of wacky cowboys and
Ph 07 312 4460                
                                                                                          bull, what more could you want?
                                                                                          Okay maybe we are joking about that
                                                                                          last bit, but you haven’t visited a rodeo till
                                                                                          you’ve been to Opotiki. Giddy up boys and
                                                                                          girls and come on down.
                                                                                              There’s just something that you can’t
                                                                                          quite put your finger on about a                                                                                     cowgirls,
                                                                                          post Christmas rodeo. Count your                                                                                  adrenaline,
                                                                                          lucky stars you’re even invited as                                                                             treats, getting
                                                                                          this is one of the highest paying                                                                        down and dirty
                                                                                          events on the national circuit!                                                                       and much more. At a
The 2010 Opotiki Rodeo will be held on Tuesday                                            It attracts around 200                                                                            bargain $40, a family of
                                                                                          competitors                                                                                     four can sit back, relax in the
28th December 2010, with a start time of 10am.                                            from                                                                                          sun and be entertained. The
       Admission charges $20 per adult,                                                                                                                                               only thing we cannot guarantee
                                                                                                                                                                                    is fantastic weather – though we
       $5 per child and $40 per family.                                                                                                                                          do get high temperatures here all
                 for further information                                                                                                                                        summer round.
                                                                                                                                                                                  The annual Opotiki Rodeo, on the

 Ph: 07 315 6212 Cell: 027 523 1051                                                                                                                                                    28th December 2010, sponsored
                                                                                                                                                                                       by Whakatane Hunting &
                                                                                                                                                                                       Fishing is not to be missed.
                                                                                          throughout New Zealand and                                                         What kid (or grown up) has not at some
                                                                                          Australia and over 4,000 spectators.                                               time wanted to be a Cowboy or Cowgirl?

   Ashhurst Domain
   Camping Ground
                                                                                             Manawatu is not just
   Peaceful rural setting at the edge of
 Ashhurst Village, Windfarm and wetland
 viewing, Manawatu Gorge walks, River
             and Native Bush.
                                                                                            another dot on the map
       10 min to Palmerston North.                                                            As you enter the Manawatu region you will notice             restaurants, cafes and shopping. Pick up a book and browse
 Ideal base for exploring the Manawatu                                                    the flat plains spanning out to the horizon the windmills        the art and architecture of Palmerston North City Library or
          and Tararua Districts                                                           gently turning over at the Te Apiti wind farm. The region is     take the family through some gentle walking tracks to ease
                                                                                          friendly, the people are easy going and carefree and there       back into exercise after Christmas. Manawatu is also an ideas
• Low rates                             • Campers kitchenette (no cookers)
• Powered and unpowered sites           • BBQ                                             is a lot to see and do in Manawatu. It’s a place full to the     shop, home to some switched on entrepreneurs with nifty
• Shower and toilet facilities          • Café in Domain                                  brim of hard working, down to earth people, in touch with        ideas and inventions, and a grand University with students
                                                                                          its environment and surroundings. Manawatu is not just           who showcase the region’s groundbreaking academic
                                                                                          another dot on the map it is a place to stop at and allocate     discoveries. It strives to be the best and punches far above
                1461 Napier Rd, Ashhurst                                                  a generous amount of time to. It has its rural side with its     its weight. It’s a two hour drive from the country’s capital
                    Ph 0-6-326 8203                                                       farms, but also offers its city side with social bars, quality   and extremely handy to other towns and cities.

                                                                                                                                                                                       * Skills Active
                                                                                                                                                                                       New Zealand CLM
                Wave Rave ($5.50 every Fri night for 8-16 year olds)                                                                                                                   Facility of the Year
                                                                                                                 On the way to Aoraki Mount Cook                                            7

                                       South Island                                                                        right at home. Stay the night or week at Donegal House
                                                                                                                            in Kaikoura “the little Irish hotel in the country” and this

                                                                                                                             couldn’t be more accurate. The traditional Irish hospitality
                                                                                                                                includes a complimentary wholesome bite to eat in the
                                                                                                                                 morning and is just what you need to replenish and get
                                                                                                                                 out and do some more exploration.
                                                                                                                                   Down the road a few hours further, you will be
                                          Take the Ferry across the cook straight and take a chance to explore
                                                                                                                             amazed at your first sight of Aoraki Mount Cook. Aoraki
                                       the beautiful back yard of New Zealand that we call the South Island,
                                                                                                                            Mount Cook is an area known for its crisp air, skiing and the
                                       or Te Wai Pounamu. Pack the family into the sedan, hop aboard the
                                                                                                                        outdoors, but it is a serene, untouched location to visit during
                                       Ferry and drive leisurely through the towns full of character and life.
                                                                                                                       summer. Take an opportunity to get away from the beaten track
                                       Pounamu is the Te Reo Maori term for greenstone, a precious stone
                                                                                                                       and explore tricking waterfalls, luscious bush and be at one with
                                       found in the land of the South Island. Town’s within Te
                                                                                                                      nature. Aoraki Mount Cook is a private spot to get away from
                                       Wai Pounamu are equally as treasured.
                                                                                                                      the stress of life. In the day you’re adventuring amongst the
                                          Kaikoura is a must visit town. It is a lovely township
                                                                                                                      natural wonders of New Zealand but at night you want a touch
                                       and a tourist destination due to the presence of
                                                                                                                      of luxury – let’s be honest. The Hermitage Aoraki Mount Cook is
                                       whales and dolphins in their waters. It has a friendly
                                                                                                                        synonymous with Kiwi adventure since 1884 and understands
                                       vibe where you really feel like one of the locals. After
                                                                                                                             exactly where you’re coming from. It is the perfect base
                                       an exhausting day out whale watching, you’ll want to
                                                                                                                                   and retreat after a long but wonderful alpine time.
                                       find comfortable accommodation that make you feel like

                    Donegal House, Kaikoura
                      the little Irish hotel in the country
                   Reservations Freephone: 0800 346 873

* Bar - Rural Irish hospitality
* Restaurant - Extensive menu
* Accommodation - 30 quiet private
  ensuite rooms
  Tarriff: $120-$150 (1-2 persons)
  includes breakfast
* Tranquil gardens & lakes
* Campervans - Free overnight parking

     School House Road, (3km north of Kaikoura).
              Well signposted on SH1

 Clarence River Rafting, Kaikoura
    Experience New Zealand's superb alpine scenery while
rafting the historic Clarence River. Located 30 minutes North
 of Kaikoura - Ideal for all ages, no experience necessary . . .

  Specialising in multi-day
  wilderness river adventures, fully
  catered, all equipment supplied,        under Maritime NZ rules as an
  guided trips for group bookings.        approved rafting operator, a

   put-in.                                guides.
  Phone 03 319 6993 - Mobile 027 224 3345


             OUT APRIL
    Interested? phone Frances
                04 237 3203
                                                        What’s on
 8    NZ Holiday Hotspots

Bay of Plenty                      3 January 2011
                                   FMX Battle, Wharepai Domain,
                                                                      Hawke’s Bay                         Haka Festival 2011, Waiohika
                                                                                                          Estate Vineyard, Gisborne.
28 December 2010                   Tauranga.                          29 January 2011                     6 March 2011
Opotiki Rodeo, fun for all the     8 January 2011                     Hawke’s Bay Wine and Food           CJ Pask Winery Great Long
family, the complete show with     Whakatane Berry Town               Festival, held at the picturesque   Lunch, Marine Parade Gardens,
all the your cowboy and cowgirl    Festival, Main Street,             Roy’s Hill in the Grimblett         Napier.
favourites.                        Whakatane.                         Gravels winegrowing region near     26 Mar 2011
1 January 2011                     8 January 2011                     Hastings.                           Hunt & Fish Expo, Pettigrew
Waihi Beach Antique &              Natural Earth and Holistic Fair,   17 February 2011                    Green Arena, Napier.
Collectables Fair, Waihi Beach     Waihi Beach Community Centre,      Te Matatini National Kapa
Community Centre, Waihi Beach.     Waihi Beach.

                                                                      Manawatu                            Arena Manawatu, Palmerston North.
Taupo                              15 -16 January 2011
                                   Epic Swim Festival, Lake Taupo.    26 December 2010
                                                                                                          16 February
                                                                                                          MORE FM Winery Tour 2011,
29 December 2010                   21-23 January 2011                 80th Anniversary + Manawatu         Arena Manawatu, Palmerston
Taupo Rodeo, 10am,                 Taupo International Jousting       Sidecar Champs + Ramp Derby,        North.
Intersection of Centennial Drive   Tournament, Spa Park, Taupo.
and Broadlands Road.               New Zealand’s premiere
30 December 2010                   Medieval Tournament.               Kapiti /                            12 February 2011
                                                                                                          Manukau Medieval Market,
Interislander Summer Festival
Taupo Races, Gates open at
                                   29 January 2011                    Horowhenua                          Horowhenua Events Centre &
                                   Taupo Flying Proms, 3.00pm –
9:30am, races start at 12:30pm,                                       22 & 23 January 2011                Showgrounds, Levin.
                                   9.30pm, Centennial Park.
Taupo Racecourse.                                                     Oxford Finance Horowhenua           6 March 2011
                                                                      AP & I Show, being held at the      Kapiti Expo 2011, Southward
                                                                      Showgrounds Events Park in Levin.   Car Museum, Paraparaumu.
                                                                      29 & 30 January 2011                24 April 2011
                                                                      Waikanae Lions Super Garden         Foxton Easter Sunday Fair,
                                                                      Trail, Ticket Kiosk, Waikanae.      Easton Park, Foxton.
                                                        What’s on
                                                                                                                                                    NZ Holiday Hotspots                                                                 9

   Porirua                                          Porirua.
                                                    12 March 2011
                                                                                                                    Marlborough                                                     Valley Golf Club, Blenheim.
                                                                                                                                                                                    19 March 2011
   28 January 2011                                  Creekfest 2011, Cannons Creek,                                  11 January 2011                                                 The Havelock Mussel Festival
   Outdoor Movie at Te                              Porirua.                                                        The Topp Twins - Hoe Down,                                      2011, Havelock Domain,
   Rauparaha Arena, Porirua.                        20 March 2011                                                   Forrest Estate Winery, Blenheim.                                Marlborough Sounds.
   6 February 2011                                  Whitby Walkfest, St Marys                                       16 January 2011                                                 2 April 2011
   Festival of the Elements, Porirua                Church, Whitby, Porirua.                                        Interislander Summer Festival                                   Forrest Graperide, Forrest Estate
   Community Arts Council, Porirua.                 3 April 2011                                                    Marlborough Trots, Waterlea                                     Winery, Blenheim.
   6 March 2011                                     The Porirua Grand Traverse                                      Raceway, Blenheim.                                              22 April 2011
   Children’s day @ Aotea Lagoon,                   Multi Sport event, Porirua.                                     20 February 2011                                                Classic Fighters, Omaka Aviation
                                                                                                                    Nude Golf International, Wairau                                 Heritage Centre, Blenheim.

   Top of the South                                 at Kowhatu Estate Winery is a
                                                    celebration of all the food, wine                               Aoraki Mt Cook                                                  Rowing Championships,
                                                                                                                                                                                    Lake Ruataniwha Twizel. Show
   29 December 2010                                 and culture of Golden Bay.                                      12 February 2011                                                your support as the countries
   Woollaston Estates Music                         27 January 2011                                                 Country and Western Family                                      best rowers battle it out for
   on the Lawn - Money 4 Jam,                       Luminate Festival 2011, Canaan                                  Disco and BBQ, from 6pm, Fairlie                                the national titles at Lake
   Woollaston Estates, Waimea.                      Downs, Golden Bay.                                              Village Green. Get your western                                 Ruataniwha.
   30 December 2010                                 5 February 2011                                                 boots and cowboy hat out and                                    13 March 2011
   Fresh Choice Richmond Annual                     Family Concert - 11th Adam                                      join in the fun at the Country and                              High Country Fete, Mt John
   Market Day, Richmond Main                        Chamber Music Festival, Nelson
                                                                                                                    Western Family Disco and BBQ.                                   Homestead, Lake Tekapo.
   Street, Waimea.                                  School of Music, Nelson.
                                                                                                                    15-19 February 2011                                             Arts, crafts, wine, food, childrens’
   16 January 2011                                  26 March 2011
                                                                                                                    Banklink New Zealand                                            entertainment, music by Boru.
   The Nelson Mail Teddy Bears                      MarchFest, Founders Heritage
   Picnic, Isel Park, Nelson.                       Park, Nelson.
   23 January 2011                                  10 April 2011
   Golden Bay Cultural Food                         Women’s Triathlon, Branford
   and Wine Festival. The Festival                  Park, Nelson.

 Visit the Historic Garden at
   “Dursley Garden”(1916),
                                                                                                                                                                   WINE TOURS
in the Beautiful Bideford Valley, Wairarapa.                       Phone: (03) 782 6757
                                                              Karamea - Westport - Karamea
                                                              Bus Service, Monday - Saturday                                                           Personalised Wine Tours
                                                               (Mon-Fri, weekends on demand,
                                                                       outside summer)
                                                                Connects with buses to Nelson,
                                                               Picton Christchurch & Greymouth

                                                                Twice-daily Heaphy Track
 Wide ranging spring and summer flowering plants                  shuttle over summer
            Open Daily 9am - 6pm
                                                               PLUS ON DEMAND TAXI SERVICE
                                                                    Heaphy & Wangapeka Tracks,
        Ph: 06 372 4804                                         other destinations, car & minibus hire

                                        To stay in Department of                                          Tickets in the Wellington area are available from the DOC Visitor Centre in Manners Street, Bivouac, Mainly Hunting. Upper Hutt Dwights
                                                                                                          Canvas, Maidstone Sports Power. Lower Hutt Hunting & Fishing Hutt Valley, Hutt City i-Site, The Sports Den. Porirua Porirua i-Site.
                                       Conservation backcountry                                           Paraparaumu Stirling Sports Coastlands. Waikanae DOC Kapiti Area Office. Otaki Otaki i-Site, Caretakers Residence Otaki Forks, Otaki
                                                                                                          Hunting & Fishing. Levin Outback & Beyond, Horowhenua i-Site, Levin Sportsworld. Featherston Adamsons Service Station. Greytown
                                            huts you need to                                              R&B Motor Services Ltd, Adventure Centre. Carterton Smith Hare & Christensen, Wairarapa Plumbers. Masterton Destination Wairarapa
                                                                                                          i-Site,BK’s Chardonnay Motor Lodge, Ultimate Outdoors, Faulknors Service Station, DOC Wairarapa Area Office, Pukaha Mount Bruce.
                                        pre-purchase hut tickets.                                         Eketahuna Eketahuna Information Centre Pahiatua Pahiatua Information Centre.

                                       By purchasing hut tickets and backcountry hut passes you assist
                                       with keeping our huts alive. The money from ticket sales goes

                                       solely towards the servicing, maintenance and upgrading of huts.
                                       Backcountry Hut Passes can be purchased at your local DOC office.

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   Know the rules: see sect                                                  who is with you;                                     The best general purpose lifejacket
                            ion on Rules of the Road                                                             you plan to                                          for everyday use has a
  Guard against fire.                                  .                     your intended trip and the stops                     buoyant collar which will keep your
                                                                                                                 t to return;                                         head out of the water,
  Avoid consuming alcohol                                                    make, including when you expec                       even if you are unconscious.
                              when boating - don’t drink                     and a description of your    boat and the safety
  and drive.                                                                                                                      Small children’s lifejackets should be
                                                                                                                                                                             fitted with a crotch strap
  Carry spare fuel, anchor,                                                   gear you have on board.                             to prevent the wearer from slipping
                                                                                                                                                                          out the bottom.
                            bailer, torch and warm gear                                                station or person you
 Tell someone where you                                    .         Don’t forget to let the VHF radio                            There are approved lifejackets for all
                            are going,                                                                  when you arrive home                                               types of boating
 and when you’ll return.                                             left your voyage plan with know                              activities and it is essential that the
                                                                                                                                                                          correct type is used.
                                                                                                           your voyage plans,
 Take two means of com
                          munication:- VHF, flflares,                safely. Just by letting others know                          See your boating retailer for the most
                                                                                                                                                                            suitable option.
                                                                                                        es of help arriving
 EPIRB, cellphone (in a plast
                               ic bag).                              you greatly increase your chanc                              Only use lifejackets which are in good
                                                                                                                                                                             condition. Exposure
                                                                                                             . The information
 Brief passengers on the
                          location and use of                         quickly when something goes wrong                          to sunlight can cause the colour to fade,
                                                                                                                                                                                making it more
                                                                                                        the event of a search
all safety equipment.                                                 you leave behind will be vital in                          difficult to spot in the sea, and can cause
                                                                                                                                                                                 the material to
Respect other water user                                                                                                         weaken very quickly.
                           s.                                         and rescue emergency.
Do not anchor or fish in                                                                                                         The most important thing is to have
                         shipping routes, or near                                                                                                                        a lifejacket that fits
a marked power cable.                                                                                                            you
                                                                                                                                 y correctly and is suitable for your
                                                                                                                                                                          boating activity.
Give way to all commerc
                         ial vessels over 500 gros
                                                     s ton.

                  t                                                                                                                  Boating Education
Essential Equipmen                                                                                                                The Coastguard Boating
                                                                                                                                                             Education Service provides
                                    Spare fuel
                                           fuel                                                                                                                    t the country for all level
Lifejackets                                                                                                                       variety of courses throughou
                                    Warm clothing                                                                                 of know  ledge and ability.                              of
Anchor                                                                                                                                                         master courses are two
                                    Alternative power                                                                             The Day Skipper and Boat
First aid kit                                                                                                                      the core courses offered.
                                    Knife                       Keeping a Good Look-out
Navigation equipment                                                                                                                  The Day Skipper (15hrs)
                                                                                                                                                                  is an introductory course
                                     Boat hook                                                                                                                        ly and crew, including
 Bailing system                                                                                                                       for all members of the fami
                                     Communication                                                                                                                   provides essential
 (bucket/bilge pump)
                                                                 Every person in charge of any
                                                                                                type of vessel underway               those new to boating, and
                                     equipment/radio/            is required to keep a proper                                                                            y.
 Fire extinguisher                                                                            look-out at all times.                   boating knowledge and safet                             se
                                     distress flares            This really means that you must                                                                    is a comprehensive cour
  Rope                                                                                            concentrate on what is               The Boatmaster (30 hrs)                  ledge and
                                                                going on around you on all
                                                                                            sides, not just in front of you.           for boat ies with some existing know
  Torch                                                         Note: When travelling at 20                                            experience.
                                                                                              knots you are covering a
                                                                distance of about 10 metres                                                                    range of vessels including
                                                                                               per second!                           Both courses apply to a
                                                                                                                                                                    rboats. The Day Skipper
                                                                                                                                     yachts, launches and powe
                                                                                                                                                                     kayaks and waka.
                                                                                                                                     also applies to jet skis, sea
                                                                                                                                                                    ding venues and dates visit
                                                                                                                                     For more information inclu
                                                                                                                                                                 0800 40 80 90.
                                                                                                                            or call

                                                                                                                                    All accidents must be reported to
                  Ensure that you can communicate
                       with somebody ashore.
                                                                                                                                            HARBOUR MASTER
                    We recommend a VHF as the                                                                                               PH: (03) 520 7400
                             best option.                                                                                  
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Classic Fighters at Omaka air show
                       Held over Good Friday to Easter Sunday it is set to go off with a bang.

        The main show days are Saturday and Sunday, and the programme will                 the ground act out their roles using military vehicles, artillery and blank-firing
    run from approximately 10am-4pm. Classic Fighters is more than your average            weapons, all supported by pyrotechnics, which this year promises to be the best
    air show, it’s a sensational weekend of family entertainment with a unique             yet. Even this far out it is possible to say that if all the plans come to fruition,
    Marlborough flavour.                                                                   the line-up for the 2011 Classic Fighters event will be unlike anything we’ve
        Certainly the aviation theme dominates, but the flying is combined with            ever been privileged to host before.
    ground theatre, vehicles, pyrotechnics and set pieces to create a spectacle that all       The Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre currently houses a remarkable collection of
    will enjoy. Back from the action, visitors can take a break from the action and seek   aircraft and memorabilia from the Great War. These icons of early aviation have been
    out a bargain in the trade stalls or be tempted with a glass of Marlborough wine       brought to life in an exhibition that is amongst the best in the world.
    and sample the delicious food on offer, while the children explore the playground          Past air shows have included ‘locating’ the action in North Africa, France and Italy,
    attractions.                                                                           as well as one year’s ‘Aviation and the Movies’ theme which offered a broad spectrum
        Classic Fighters                                                                   of entertaining options. This always keeps the props team busy, as they have
    prides itself                                                                          cheerfully taken on such ambitious projects as a pyramid and sphinx, Eiffel Tower,
    on presenting                                                                           Arc de ‘Triumphe, a section of the Forum, gondolas and even the monastry at Monte
    the public with                                                                            Cassino on a nearby hilltop!
    attractions they have                                                                             What will they get up to next?
    never seen before.                                                                                  For more information about Classic Fighters, our wicked aircraft or to book
    2011 is no exception and                                                                         tickets please visit our website or check
    in fact this event is even                                                                        out our Facebook page.
    more keenly anticipated
    due to the stunning line-up of
              international aircraft

                         But it isn’t just
                  the individual aircraft that
             will hold spectators spell bound. Our
    theatrical scenarios are internationally famous for
    their creativity and spectacle and are designed to provide a
    context for the aircraft of both the Great War and WW2. The props team always
    meets the challenge of building something exceptional, while re-enactors on
      12              Top of the South

                  Golden Bay Cultural Food and Wine
                  Festival 2011
                       Golden Bay is located between two national parks of New Zealand, the Abel Tasman
                  National Park and the Kahurangi National Park. The area is renowned for stunning golden
                  sanded beaches, excess sunshine and an idyllic location for a family holiday. Only one and a
                  half hours out of Nelson, Golden Bay is the region’s hidden treasure. Over the summer period
                  the area is home to holiday makers looking to get away from the hustle and bustle. The natural
                  beauty of the area is astonishing.
                       You can’t visit Golden Bay this summer without going to the Golden Bay Cultural Food and Wine Festival
                  2011, A celebration of all the food, wine and culture of Golden Bay on a stunning site above Pohara Beach
                  for the festival on Sunday the 23rd January 2011 from 11am-6.30pm. The festival at Kowhatu Estate Winery,
                  Richmond Road, Pohara which overlooks a view of Golden Bay and out to the the Tasman Sea. The
                  festival will have some of the very best produce from around the region.
                       Terry Knight, Festival Organiser, says, “We’ll have everything from homemade local
                  treats to the gourmet, treats of all shapes and sizes to bring back to your little corner of
                  New Zealand. But it won’t all be strictly food and wine, there will more than 50 stalls
                  including hand-crafted jewellery, art from talented locals, designer clothing and tasty
                  local beer.”
                       Experience the vibe from local music artists, meet Te Radar and other attractions.
                  “Indulge in the food and wine of the region and we’ll show you what our region is
                  all about,” says Terry. “If you love food and you love wine you’ll love the Golden
                  Bay Cultural Food and Wine Festival 2011.”
                       Golden Bay Air has regular flights direct from Wellington to Takaka so come
                  and run your toes through the golden sand. The festival is only a fraction of
                  what Golden Bay has to offer. Festivities will be hosted
                  by Te Radar and the gorgeous Martine Boullair. Tickets
                  cost $16 are available from Everymans, Schnapp dragon
                  & Isite in Takaka or a phone call to (03) 525 9899. They
                  can also be purchased for $20 on the day.

                                                                                                                               C AV E S N G A R U A
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                           Sunday 23rd January 2011
          Kowhatu Estate Winery, Richmond Rd, above Pohara over                                                                                     Features
                looking Golden Bay. COME TO GOLDEN BAY.
This is the chance to share all the fabulous local food along with art clothing and all the vibrant colour that makes Golden
Bay special. Just a one and half hour drive from Nelson, to a festival sighted on a fabulous elevated position over looking
all of Golden Bay with wonderful music wine beer and special treats from the Kowhatu Estate Winery The Mussel Inn and
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  January 22 2011

     Stunning entertainment                                                                                                                                                                                                                       3pm - 10pm gates open at 2.30

       line-up announced                                                                                                                                                                                        Phil Edwards Band, Devils Elbow
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Afternoon Raj, Dukes, Naked Gun
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hitchcock Railway Band
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dodgeball Competition (Win tickets to NZI sevens)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Food stalls, brewery stalls & more!

            From NZ’s hottest DJ to Aussie jazz singer/songwriter to a Kiwi soul classic
     Top New Zealand DJ Dick (Magik) Johnson will mix it up with Australian                      fashion show by Degas of Napier.
 jazz singer/songwriter Vince Jones, and old school soul favourites Ardijah at the                    There will also be entertainment from the Ryan Edwards Band, the six
 Hawke’s Bay Wine and Food Festival on January 29, 2011.                                         piece Lindisfarne Reggae Band, “Rutsu” and the Soulers to provide all day
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tickets Available from Ticket Direct
     Festival organiser Carol-Ann Stubbs said she was thrilled with the range of artists         entertainment for the festival.                                                                                                                                For more information contact 027 297 0238

 secured for the region’s biggest celebration of local wines and food at the picturesque             This year’s Festival is set to be bigger than last year with 24 wineries
 Roy’s Hill in the Gimblett Gravels winegrowing region, near Hastings.                           confirmed for the event including: Askerne, Ash Ridge, Bilancia, Beach House
     “With a total of six bands, a fashion show, food and wine workshops                         Wines, CJ Pask, Clearview, Craggy Range, Esk Valley, Frizzell, Hawkes Ridge,
 and 24 wineries the Hawkes Bay Wine and Food Festival will be back to back                      Lime Rock, Lindauer, Matariki, Mission, Moana Park, Sacred Hill, Trinity Hill,
 entertainment,” Ms Stubbs said.                                                                 Tukipo River Estate, The Grail, Vidal, Unison and Wild Rock.
     Ms Stubbs welcomed the return of Ardijah to Hawke’s Bay where they have                         There will be an increased focus on seafood and wine with seafood
 been warmly welcomed by audiences in the past.                                                  workshops and a large marquee offering a wide range of seafood, including
     “Everyone knows Ardijah and they have a new look, a new album, (The Best                    crayfish, from Hawke’s Bay Seafoods.
 Polyfunk), and are really looking forward to coming to play in the Bay - their laid back             There will also be 4 fun and informative workshops including; a syrah
 soul sound will really suit the Festival feel,” Ms Stubbs said.                                 workshop with leading winemaker Tony Bish from Sacred Hill, a food and wine
     Ardijah are famously known for the song Gimme Time, but have also topped                    match showcasing the ‘essence of Clearview with winemaker Tim Turvey and
 charts over the decades with Time Makes the Wine , Your Love is Blind, Give me                  head chef Kerry McKay, and Jeremy Rameka of Pacifica will host a seafood
 Your Number, Love so Right, and others.                                                         workshop with wine matched by Gordon Russell from Esk Valley.
     Ms Stubbs said Vince Jones, who has headlined the majority of wine                              A workshop titled “The seed of life – Caviar, Quail, Chook and Ostrich”
 festivals across the Tasman, would be new to some Kiwis but he was sure to be                   promises a new look at eggs with the Omelette Guy - Ian Thomas, Lime Rock
 welcomed by all lovers of superb jazz.                                                          Wines and the Manurau Quail Egg farm.
     “There’s no doubt that Vince Jones is at the top of his genre and                               Local food producers will be showcased in a Festival Market and children
 contemporary jazz lovers are sure to be won over the Australian musician’s                      will be well catered for with a fully equipped play area, complete with merry
 sublime talent,” she said. Based in New South Wales, Vince Jones is well known                  go round, bouncy castle and giant sandpit. The event has attracted high profile
 as a leading vocalist, songwriter, trumpet player and composer however he has                   sponsors including Mercedes Benz and TSB Bank.
 rarely toured in New Zealand.                                                                       Mercedes Benz are opening a new sales showroom and a service centre in
     Hugely popular New Zealand DJ Dick Magik Johnson is renowned as being one of                Napier early next year and are tipped to showcase some of the new range of
 New Zealand’s most successful DJ’s and is also a radio host on Auckland’s George FM.            Mercedes Benz cars at the Festival.
     Johnson will set a faster pace for the Festival and a funky back beat for the                   Tickets are available through

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                                                                                                                                                                                         Motor Camp
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                                                                                                                                                                                                          lake and its surrounds, offer many different activities -
                                   ALL-DAY                                                                                                                                                                  tramping and fishing to hunting and waterskiing. The
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                                                                                                                                                                                      HOMEBAY WATER TAXI & CRUISES
                                                              Saturday 29 Jan 2011                                                                                                                         Skipper Jeff Adams
                                                                                                                                                                                      Let us take you out and watch the mist rise in the morning as you
                                                                                                                                                                                      experience the isolation, solitude, tranquillity & breathtaking views
                                                                                                                                                                                      of the largest tract of relatively untouched natural forest still
                                                                                                                                                                                      standing in the North Island.

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                       A celebration of our regions great wine & food                                                                                                                 The Great Walk – Taxi Service • Return Trip – Drop Off and Pick
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          Hawkes Bay                               HASTINGS
                                                   HEART OF HAWKE’S BAY
  14       Kapiti/Horowhenua
                                                                               A must do summer event…
                                                                               Sunny Foxton is the place to be this Easter Sunday with the
                                                                                            Foxton Fair. There’s plenty more to see and do in
                                                                                             this historic Horowhenua township.

                                                                                   Now in                                      No fair would be complete without plenty of yummy
                                                                               its 21 st year                               food and family entertainment and there’s plenty of
                                                                               the annual                                        both including performances by In like Flynn and
        HOROWHENUA COLLEGE                                                     F o x t o n                                          The Cattlestops so why not bring a chair
                                                                               Fair is eagerly                                        or rug and settle down in front of the stage
    Our Vision – “Success for all Students”                                    anticipated         by                                  for a great afternoon’s entertainment.
We believe that motivation is the key to success and that all students are     locals, visitors and                                         The Festival of Foxton Murals is another
capable of succeeding given the right stimulus and support. We strive to       artists. It is an event that                              draw card, now in its 5th year. All the murals
provide the opportunities to develop potential within a caring and             draws large crowds from all                                  are sold and prominently displayed in the
supportive environment.
                                                                               over the lower North Island.                                  Foxton community.
At ‘NUA’ we aim to Never Under Achieve                                             The fair has become a bit                                      There is still a great sense of
                                                                               of an institution and is always                                   community in Foxton and the
                                                                               held on Easter Sunday every year                                    residents all rally to help the
                                                                               going from strength to strength                                      Foxton Promotion Group make
                                                                               with larger numbers of stall                                            Easter Sunday a fun and
                                                                               holders signing up to sell their                                         memorable day out.
                                                                               wares.                                                                       All funds after expenses
                                                                                   Easton Park is where it’s                                            are given back to the local
                                 Our College’s motto is “Essayez’.             all happening which is just off                                           community.
                                     “Try, give of your best”.                 SH1 and with lots of parking                                                   10am-3pm Sunday April
                                                                               in the town and close to the                                               24, 2011 rain or shine!
                                            PO Box 544, Levin 5510             park.                                                                            Entry $2 a person
                                               Phone: 06 368 6159                  This year over 200                                                         with free entry for pre-
                                                                               stalls are expected                                                              schoolers. Inquiries
                                                  Fax: 06 367 9210             selling quality goods                                                            and stall bookings
                                             ranging from jewellery,                                                          to Val Hayes phone
                                                                               crafts, plants, pottery                                                          (06) 363 8897 or
                                                                               woodwork, herbal remedies to                                                    Christina on
                                                                               knitwear and clothing.                                                          (06) 363 6656.
EA    R

 FLYNN Cattle -
       C l                                         Fun for all
                                                                                 Open daily
                                                                               (except Christmas &
                                                                                   Boxing Days)

                                                                             Guided tours between
                                                                             10am and 3pm
                                                                             Main Road South (SH57), Shannon.
                                                                                                                                             MUSEUM CAFÉ
                                                                                                                                      Welcomes you to the
                                                                                                                                   Murrayfield Experience
                                                                                                                                         tourist & educational centre
                                                                                                                                               Just 5kms north of Levin
                                                                                                                                   HORSES, CAFE/RESTAURANT,
                                                                                                                                      MUSEUM and GARDENS
                                                                                                                                  Ph 06 367 8166 State Highway 57
                                                               !                                                                        ONLY CLOSED GOOD FRIDAY
                                                                                      Ph/Fax: 06 362 7872
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                                                                             MAIN STREET,                                                         recapture
                                   NZ                                        ÕTAKI
                                                                             Õtaki Museum
                                                                                                                                                  the romance
                                   FENCE                                     (06) 364 6886

   ENTRY                          FORCE                                            TE HORO
                                                                                   Hyde Park Museum
                                                                                                                                         the Kapiti Coast
                                                                                                                                          museum trail experience
   $2.00                          DISPLAY &
                                 RECRUITMENT                 OVER                  (04) 298 4515

    (per head)
   PRE- Schoolers
                                                              200            OTAIHANGA ROAD

       FREE                                                  Stalls          Southward Car Museum
                                                                             (04) 297 1221
                                                                                                                           ELIZABETH STREET

24th April 2011
                                                                                                                           Kãpiti Coast Museum
                                                                                KÃPITI ROAD,                     
                                                                                Museum of Aviation                                 N
                                                                                                                                                                             all ages
                                                                                (04) 905 2322

              10am - 3pm                                                            QE PARK,
                                                                                    MACKAYS CROSSING
                                                                                                                                                  A great tour for

              Easton Park
                                                                                    Tramway Museum

                                                                                Paekãkãriki Railway Museum
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       Contact: 06 363 8897 06 363 6656                                         Steam Incorporated                                                      Find out more at
                                                                                (04) 292 8662
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                Showtime comes to Levin again
         With the 2011 Oxford Finance Horowhenua AP & I Show being held at the
     Showgrounds Events Park in Levin on Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd January.
         The Sideshows provide the “fun of the fair” with carnival rides and games
     throughout the whole of the weekend. Don’t miss “Happy Hour” from 10am-
                                                                                            Woodchopping and Dog Trials will be a highlight on Saturday with the top
                                                                                        NZ shearers competing in the Shearing competitions on Sunday. Last years
                                                                                        final was as exciting as the Golden Shears, so don’t miss this event.
                                                                                            Entertainment on stage will include “Shamus & Son” with his juggling,
                                                                                                                                                                                    Jan Sparrow
     11am both days when you get double the fun – pay for the 1st ride and get the      fire-eating, magic show, and the “Robinson Sisters” will have you signing and                  “Two neighbours came                               REAA 2008

     2nd turn free. In this area is the chance to purchase the usual Showtime treats    dancing along to their music. Jim Banks with his performing ponies and dogs                 past on their four wheelers
     – hotdogs, candy floss, waffles, to name a few.                                    is back by popular demand, a must see for the children and don’t forget to look             - up goes the glass of wine -
         Indoor and Outdoor Trade Space will display a range of products which are      out for the “Stone Man” around the grounds.                                                      and they joined in.”
     sure to tempt and Eftpos is on site to assist with your purchases. The Sports          The 2011 Show will see the return of a Saturday night Show with entry
     Stadium will include a display from local Clubs highlighting their activities      being a gold coin donation and all proceeds going to the Levin Waitarere Surf
     together with local businesses promoting their products.                           Lifesaving Club.
         Also in the Stadium will be the “Cosmodome” – a portable igloo with gives          The “TopGlass Top Team” competition will commence at 5.30pm where teams
     a galactic experience – an astronomy experience not to be missed.                  perform a number of games. The NZ Army are on site and will judge this competition.
         Equestrian events will operate in the Oval from Friday through to Sunday,      At 7pm the highlight of the evening will be on stage with the “Oxford Finance Its in
     with the finale on Sunday being The Pony Grand Prix and the Cathay Pacific         the Showbag”. Local identity Bob Wood will compere this show, with 12 bags on offer,
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Jan sells lifestyle blocks in Horowhenua and
     Grand Prix around 2pm. Dairy cattle, beef cattle, pigs, sheep, alpacas and         some cash to tempt and fantastic prizes up for grabs. Entry is on the night by a process                   lives on one herself. “I’ve never put up a curtain
     miniature horse judging will take place throughout the weekend.                    of elimination. The Sideshows will operate throughout the evening so you can finish                            in my life - I can’t stand being inside and
         The Home Industries section will display cooking, jams and lots of             your night with a thrill and some yummy food.                                                                  shutting myself in. I’m really happy here
                                                                                                                                                                                                              with my work. I love talking
     handwork and the Levin Model Railway Club display is back in the Kilsby Hall.          The Grand Parade at 2pm on Saturday is a highlight, with the official                                            but my strength is I can listen.”
         The Horowhenua Vintage Farm Machinery Club’s theme is “Hay” and will           opening conducted by Steven Wyn-Harris from Waipukurau, rural reporter,
     include haymaking demonstrations from yesteryear throughout both days.             farmer and member of the Farmlands board.                                                          06 368 8449 / 027 2433 506

        Kapiti’s endless opportunities for
         walking in the Great Outdoors
         There are many wonderful walking                   drink and weather checks.                                      Further north why not try the Weka Park
     opportunities in Kapiti Coast – ranging from easy          Remember too, to consider your own fitness            to Kapiti Road walk in Paraparaumu via the
     strolls for the relaxed adventurer to genuinely        level in relation to your walk.                           Wharemauku Stream. With a travelling time of
     challenging hikes. The variety of walking                  For beginners, why not start with a nice              just under an hour each way the walk crosses the
     opportunities is not surprising given that Kapiti is   simple walk at the southern end of Kapiti – the           footbridge from the northern end of Weka Park and
     nestled between the Tasman Sea and the gorgeous        Fisherman’s Table to Paekakariki walk. The walk           upstream along the Wharemauku Stream track.
     Tararua Range.                                         begins just north of the iconic restaurant in State            This track turns right at the airport and follows
         But before hitting any of the tracks about to      Highway 1 and is a one hour round trip north              the Wharemauku stream to Rimu Road and the
     be mentioned, people should remember to be             through bush, out at Ames Street in Paekakariki           Paraparaumu Town Centre. By turning left you can
     prepared before they enjoy their chosen walk. This     then back along the beach – tide permitting of            skirt the airport and homes, crossing temporary
     means taking care with clothing, footwear, food,       course.                                                   stiles to exit at McGrath Avenue and Kapiti Road.
                                                                                                                                                                                               • CAR MUSEUM
                                                                                                                                                                                             • SOUVENIR SHOP
        CLOSES 23 JANUARY 2011
                                                                                                                   Oxford Finance Horowhenua
                                                                                                                          AP & I Show
                                                                                                                  Showgrounds Events Park, Levin
                                                                                                                                                                                        • PICNIC IN THE GROUNDS
ANNE NOBLE, by light, Photographs1982 - the present                                                                                                                                            • ONSITE CAFÉ
                                                                                                                                     GREAT FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT
                    CLOSES 23 JANUARY 2011                                                                                                                                              HOURS: 9 AM UNTIL 4.30 PM
                                                                                 Just some of the many attractions:
    the Art of the Garden                                                                                                                                                                 TEL: 04 2971221
              29 JANUARY - 6 MARCH 2011

        ADELE YOUNGHUSBAND                                                                                                                                                              EMAIL:
                  13 MARCH - 1 MAY 2011                                                           – Entry to Showgrounds from                                                           OTAIHANGA ROAD, PARAPARAUMU
Mahara Gallery
                                                                        5pm – gold coin donation - proceeds to Levin Waitarere
                                                                                         Surf Lifesaving Club                                                                           (APPROX 45 MINUTES NORTH OF WELLINGTON)
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   WALKING ON THE KÃPITI COAST                                                                                                                                                                            
             Connecting People to their Community and People to the Land
                 take your time to experience the Kāpiti Coast on foot, by bike or on horseback.
          Kāpiti history lies in the land and some                  Waikanae                                                    Paekakariki
          of the Kāpiti tracks are associated with                  Waikanae River North Bank (5.1km / round trip 2½            •Coastal dune track (Fishermans Table to Aimes
                                                                    hours). Waimeha and Waimanu Lagoons (2km / 1 hour).         Street 25 minutes return.) •Queen Elizabeth Park
          significant events or landmarks in                                                                                    (From Mackays crossing. Inland and coastal track
                                                                    • North Waikanae to Peka Peka along beach (3km / 1
          Maori and Pakeha history.                                 ¼ hour). • Hemi Matenga (5.4km loop / 3½ hours).            networks) •Campbell’s Mill Road (5.5km easy walk,
                                                                    Kohekohe Track (1.3km loop / 30 mins). • Mangaone           cycle & bridleway access up to Akatarawa Forest.
          Walkways on the Coast                                                                                                 Access via Maungakotukutuku Road) •Akatarawa
                                                                    walkway, off Mangaone South Road, Rekiorangi or
          Raumati, Paraparaumu & Waikanae                                                                                       Forest (Pedestrian and 4WD access from Maungako-
                                                                    Mangaone North Road, Otaki (4km / 3 hours one way).
          • Mataihuka Walkway on the Raumati Escarpment,                                                                        tukutuku Road)
          Waterfall Road to the June Rowland Lookout, 10 mins, or   Ōtaki
          Bill Moxon Cairn, (2kms / 1 - 1½ hours return).           •Ōtaki River walkway North Bank (3.9km SH1 to               Kāpiti Island
          • Wharemauku Stream (2km / 45 mins). • Kaitawa            beach). • Ōtaki River walkway South Bank (from SH1          Its Maori history and environmental significance
                                                                                                                                makes this Island one of Kāpiti’s greatest treasures.
          Reserve & Pathway Network (1½km various tracks).          west for 1½km). • Ōtaki Forks. (Access to tramping
                                                                                                                                Climb to the summit, on the refurbished McKenzie
          • Mazengarb Reserve (2km various tracks). • Waikanae      tracks including the Southern Crossing via Ōtaki Gorge      Track commune with the birds or explore the recently
          River Estuary - Scientific Reserve (2km loop / 1 hour).   Road) •Chrystalls Walkway and Lagoon (Ōtaki River           opened northern end. To visit the island you will
          • Nikau Reserve (0.7km / 45 mins) Waikanae River -        North Bank SH 1 to Chrystalls Lagoon 2km return.)           need a visitors permit from DOC.
          South Bank (4.6km / 1½ hours one way).                    Access restrictions apply during working hours.             Phone 04 472 5821 or

     Please contact the Kāpiti Coast District Council on 04 296 4700 or visit the website to obtain a brochure on walking and cycling in Kāpiti.
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