Walking is fun, sociable, and free. We encourage you to consider making it part of your daily routine!

Most of us walk as part of our daily lives.

Our aim is simple – to encourage you to consider walking as a way to get to school, work, meetings, sports games, etc part of your daily routine.

Walking is safe, costs nothing, can be social, and can be done almost anywhere, at any time.

Not only is walking fun and sociable, but with the increase in traffic congestion and environmental concerns, walking is becoming an important, long-term sustainable transport option.

Two women walking on the coastal walkway

Why walk?

Walking can improve your health and wellbeing. 

  • Feel fitter, have more energy, and reduce your stress.
  • Relax and sleep better.
  • Reduce your blood pressure and the risk of a number of health issues including heart disease, cancer, diabetes and depression.

  • Save money on traffic costs, avoid traffic congestion and parking issues.
  • Walking can help you feel part of your community and help the environment too!

Where to walk

New Plymouth is spoilt for choice when it comes to walking whether it is from ‘A to B’ or just for recreation. 

Our walkways

What to wear

The length of your walk to school or work will help you decide what you should wear. We recommend comfortable shoes and bright clothing, so you're more visible to other road users. A stow away jacket can be handy in case of wind/rain (we do have that in Taranaki!).

Need to report something?

To keep our district ‘walker friendly’, we need to know of trip hazards and anything else that is putting you off your walk. Remember to include the address or a clear description of where the issue is. 

Report a problem