Walk festival scaled back

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Organisers of the Methven and Foothills Walking Festival are scaling events back due to covid, but are looking forward to a full programme in 2023.

The inaugural festival will run from April 16-24 and alongside the popular scarecrow trail.

Two fun walking competitions will be held and there will be a daily challenge set by Wellbeing Opuke. Sections of the Methven Walkway near the Opuke Thermal Pools & Spa have been “dressed” to explore and excite.

The enchanted forest walk includes 97 fairy doors and fairy scenes and the nearby Piwakawaka Walk features wooden fantails made by the community.

Other events, including a food and wine tour, historic walk and hikes along the Mt Somers Walkway and Scotts Saddle Track, will now feature on the 2023 programme.

The idea behind the festival is to encourage people to get out and about and to discover walks in the Methven and foothills area. Organising committee chairperson Liz McMillan said there was too much uncertainty to proceed with a full-blown festival this year.

What was on offer would give a taste of things to come and still provide some fun for locals and visitors during the school holidays, she said.

The 2023 festival would be held in April and would offer many more walk options, she said.

There is festival information on the methvenwalkingfestival.nz website and Facebook page.