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Our aim is simple – to encourage you to make walking to school, work, meetings, sports games, etc part of your daily routine. Walking helps keep you active. Chatting on a walk on the Mangaotuku Walkway.

It’s safe, costs nothing (depending if you stop for a coffee or not!), can be social and can be done almost anywhere at any time.

Not only is walking fun and sociable, with the growth of higher density communities, increase in traffic congestion and environmental concerns, walking is becoming an important long term sustainable transport option.

What do you need?

You don’t need anything specific for walking, but you may like to think about wearing:

  • Comfortable clothing. 
  • Sunscreen and a hat. 
  • Good footwear - comfortable shoes with good cushioning.

Things to think about

  • Warm-up your muscles by starting your activity slowly and gradually increase the pace, especially if you are new to walking. 
  • If you are walking on your own, stick to areas that you are familiar with - choose busy, more populated areas. 
  • Like any exercise, drink water before, during and after your activity.

Walking for 30 minutes a day can help you to Exercising on the Waiwhakahio Walkway.

  • Feel fitter, have more energy and reduce your stress as it clears your head.  
  • Relax and sleep better. 
  • Reduce your blood pressure and the risk of a number of health issues including heart disease, cancer diabetes and depression. 
  • Walking can help you feel part of your community as well as help the environment too!


We have a number of walkways in New Plymouth - the Coastal Walkway, Barrett Domain Walkway, Te Henui Walkway, Mangaotuku Walkway, Waiwhakaiho Walkway, Mangati Walkway and Huatoki Walkway, as well as tracks around lakes Rotomanu and Mangamahoe.

Children and walking

Children walking in a group.
  • Walking is a great way to keep healthy. As a nation our lifestyles are getting less active and our collective health statistics have a corresponding declining trend too.
  • While getting cars off the road has obvious environmental benefits, it can also help with the fight against childhood obesity.  The 2006/07 New Zealand Health Survey found that one in 12 children (aged two to 14 years) were obese (8.3%) and that one in five children were overweight (20.9%).             
  • The number of children travelling to schools by car dramatically increased over the last 20 years so it's essential to get kids moving.

More children walking to school means:

  • Better levels of fitness and health.
  • More social interaction for children, their families and whānau.
  • Less money spent on petrol.
  • Reduced energy use and fewer vehicle emissions.
  • Less congestion and likelihood of an accident at the school gate.
  • While walking, children are also learning sustainable transport habits for the future.

Find out more about school travel plans