Check out our regional parks and events this summer
With summer finally getting under way it’s time to head for the great outdoors and perhaps take part in GWRC’s Great Outdoors Summer Events (GOSE) programme.
With plenty of regional parks and forests practically on our doorsteps there’s always somewhere new and dfferent to explore.
The events programme kicks off on 3 January with the ever-popular Tramways Kids Weekend in Queen Elizabeth park.
Nearly 60 events will be on offer, ranging from kids entertainment to endurance races such as the Karapoti Classic for mountain bikers.
“There will be loads of things to do through GOSE. Young kids will have fun laughing with Kev the Kiwi, walkers and cyclists will be spoilt for choice and there will be plenty of options for picnickers, and craft, history and culture buffs,” says GWRC Parks Manager Amanda Cox.
Most activities are free, and some have restricted numbers so book now. All the details are available at www.gw.govt.nz/summerevents, including a GOSE brochure detailing all the events.
If events aren’t your thing there’s plenty of other things to do.
Choose your experience, whether it’s tramping in the Akatarawa Forest, swimming off the beaches of Queen Elizabeth Park and Whitirieia Park or in the rivers of Kaitoke Regional Park, the Wainuiomata Recreation Area and Hutt River trail.
Mountain biking is available almost everywhere, there’s easy walking on tracks in Whitirieia Park, East Harbour Regional Park and the Hutt River Trail and overnight camping at Battle Hill or Kaitoke.
Many of our parks also offer culture and history tours.
From the summit of Belmont Trig to the sheltered intimate harbour- scape of Onepoto Bay; the green canopy of East Harbour’s northern forest to the windswept grassland of Baring Head our regional parks have it all.
Getting out and about is easy. Many of our parks are easily accessible, with park entrances and trails starting from neighbouring streets, often close to public transport or within a short drive. Tracks and trails are fully signposted and graded, so you know what you’re getting into and what to expect before you start out.
For more information on our network of parks go to www.gw.govt.nz/parks. Here you will find a series of short videos on the region’s wonderful parks to get an idea of what’s on offer before you head out.