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Regional Outdoors programme very popular

Wednesday 2 February 2005

Regional Outdoors programme very popular

This year’s Regional Outdoors summer programme is proving extremely popular with locals and visitors to the region.

Hundreds of people have so far taken part in events in parks and forests across the region, on foot, by bike, and in 4WD vehicles.

Deputy Chair of the Greater Wellington Landcare Committee Margaret Shields says, “We’re delighted with the response to Regional Outdoors. People are exploring places they haven’t been to before, or are seeing favourite haunts in a new light. Best of all there’s nearly 30 more events planned for February and March.”

“Greater Wellington has developed Regional Outdoors as a programme for everyone. It’s an opportunity to visit a regional park or forest for the first time with people who can show you around. You’re welcome on your own, or with family and friends. And the beauty of it is that it’s practically on our doorstep – all events are within an hour’s drive of Wellington City,” says Cr Shields.

Highlights for February and March include:

Butterfly Creek Heritage Trail, a fascinating bush walk through one of Wellington’s best-loved picnic retreats hosted by the Eastbourne Forest Rangers.

RIP RAP!, a river trash recycling extravaganza on the banks of the Hutt River, where you can create a stunning work or art

Return to Rivendell, a mid-summer journey into the forest backdrop for the Lord of the Rings to meet Gandalf’s double, Arwen’s riding double, Gandalf’s white stallion Florian, a scary Ringwraith and a host of stilt-walking Bush Ghosts lurking in the trees

Rimutaka Rail Trail, a scenic walk on an historic trail, exploring our unique railway history

Doggie Delight Walk on the Hutt River Trail to which all canine friends are warmly invited

Poetry at the Pickle Pot at Queen Elizabeth Park, well-known local poets read from their works

A full listing of events is online at www.gw.govt.nz or call 04 526 5330 for further information. Copies of the programme can also be obtained from any Greater Wellington office, your local council office or visitor information centre. Most events are free, although a few do have a small charge to cover transport when it is provided as part of the event. Amanda Cox, principal advisor marketing Parks and Forests, says that while many events with restricted numbers are fully booked, there are others with places available. “Even better, there are plenty of other events where you are welcome to just turn up on the day.”

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