Five Walks You Can Do With Friends

24 Nov 2015 3 Minute Read

What with work and family commitments crammed into your schedule, both meeting up with friends or getting in some form of exercise can feel like expendable luxuries some weeks.

However, you could try combining the two activities by heading out for a walk with your nearest and dearest. Getting a bit of fresh air and exercise while catching up with some of your favourite people? Now that’s multi-tasking we can get behind.

Try these five walks if and when you’re in the area.

Okura Bush Walkway, Auckland

Located on Auckland’s North Shore, the Okura Bush Walkway is much more than your average weekend stroll. Both body and soul will be rejuvenated walking alongside the Okura River amongst mature puriri trees, with their bright-coloured flowers blanketing the ground.

The walkway also leads to the wee gem that is the historic Dacre cottage, built in the 1850s, and a beach that is swimmable if you manage to stumble upon it at high tide. Bonus!

Lake Rotoroa, Hamilton

Found in the heart of Hamilton, Lake Rotoroa (or Hamilton Lake, as the locals call it), is a hugely popular spot for a walk.

At a little under 4km long, the mostly flat walkway takes in beautiful scenery, wildlife, picnic areas – and a café, if coffee is required.

It’s also great for walking dogs, should you want to get out and about with the four-legged friends in your life as well.

Rapaki Hillside Walk, Martinborough

Should you feel the need to take a little break from the wine tastings on your next girls’ weekend to Martinborough, this farmland track is just the ticket.

Although you will be walking uphill, it is still deemed suitable for all ages and fitness ranges. And the climb upwards will be worth it once you see the sweeping views of the Wairarapa Valley (and its myriad vineyards) on display.

Note: The track is closed to the public from July to August due to lambing on the farm.

St Annes Lagoon, North Canterbury

This small lake, less than 5km from Cheviot, makes for a particularly beautiful place to go for a walk in autumn, when the trees are changing colour.

Given its location near State Highway 1, this serene bird sanctuary is great for stretching the legs if passing through the area. Or make a morning or afternoon of it and take a picnic to enjoy after walking up an appetite.

Ross Creek Reservoir, Dunedin

It’s hard to believe this bush-lined track is just a 10-minute drive from Dunedin’s city centre.

As part of the longer Leith Valley walkway, you’ll find yourself on a gentle upwards slope towards the dam, where the track becomes flat and loops around the reservoir.

Any gaps in conversation during the walk will no doubt be filled with birdsong, making for a particularly enjoyable way to get in those requisite daily steps.

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