Step into Wonderful Walks and Enjoy Autumn's Youth

27 February 2009

Wellington City Council libraries, service centres and swimming pools are now well-stocked with this year's Stepping Out! brochures - hot off the press.

If you're a walking enthusiast, or want to get to know new walking tracks; if you would like to meet new people or want to improve your exercising habits before the weather gets colder - the Southern Cross Building Society Stepping Out! walking promotion month is for you.

The City Council's recreation programmer, Ashley Burgess, says walks and events have been extended to the wider Wellington region this year, as Hutt City Council is also involved in the promotion. "That means there's an even greater diversity of scenery and more walks to try. Whether you want to try a social, educational or challenging walk, I encourage everyone to step out this March!"

Ashley says this year's highlights include an old favourite - a guided walk along the spectacular Skyline Track (Sunday 29 March).

"It's an amazing track," she says. "It's a 12km walk from Old Coach Road in Johnsonville to the summit of Makara Hill. The scenery is particularly stunning along the ridgeline, and the people running the walks have some great stories about the historical aspects of the track.

"But be sure to be reasonably fit for this one - the walk takes several hours to complete, and there are some challenging inclines on the track."

If you're into technological navigation systems - you might be interested in Geocoaching, the high-tech scavenger hunt on Wednesday 11 March. Gadget enthusiasts will be able to embark on a treasure hunt using their GPS (global positioning system) devices.

Ashley says there are all kinds of walks to cater for everyone. "We've got easy-going walks, as well as walks on tracks that are tougher on the calf muscles. There are also walking events, such as 'Round the Vines' in Martinborough on 15 March and 'Walk to Work Day' on 18 March. It's going to be a great month for people who love the outdoors."

Most walks are free or can be done for a small donation.

The Southern Cross Building Society Stepping Out! brochure is also available to download from the Feeling Great website.