Urban Walking Festival
Client: Panuku, Auckland Development

The Urban Walking Festival is Auckland’s celebration of local places. It was established in 2019.

The Urban Walking Festival centres local people celebrating their place, sharing what makes it special and advocating for what they love about it through walking and conversation.

The festival is a collection of walks spanning Auckland led by enthusiastic urbanists who uncover and share the stories, experiences and secret corners of their local area for us.

The festival was inspired by the annual international festival of free, citizen-led walking conversations Jane’s Walks. Jane’s Walks encourage people to share stories about their neighbourhoods, discover unseen aspects of their communities, and use walking as a way to connect with their neighbours.

In 2019 the festival began in the first weekend of May with a Jane’s Walks in Grey Lynn and Balmoral. Over the following weeks city-loving guides and local hosts in Avondale, Henderson, Panmure and Takapuna shared the stories, beloved experiences and hidden gems of their local neighbourhood.

Avondale based collective HOOP-LA guided walkers through the nooks and crannies of the Avondale town centre. North Shore artist Brydee Rood led lead a dusk procession along the rising tide of Takapuna Beach. In Panmure Prince Davis unfolded the continuum of Ngāti Whātua connections to Te Tauoma (Panmure) and Salome Tanuvasa guided families on a shared scavenger hunt for their favourite places. Out in Henderson Charlotte Graham hosted a hikoi along the Opanuku stream weaving oral history, ecology and art together.