The Urban Walking Festival is an Auckland-wide festival of urban walking that revolves around local people celebrating their place, sharing what makes it special and advocating for what they love about it through walking and conversation.
At the heart of the festival each year are walks hosted by artists, local historians and community activators. Some of these walks have been commissioned by Panuku, Auckland Development other walks have been created by city enthusiasts for their local areas.
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.
The Urban Walking Festival is packed with walks all around Tāmaki Makaurau. City-loving guides and local hosts will share the stories, beloved experiences and hidden gems of their local neighbourhood.
The festival was established in 2019 and is directed by Melissa Laing.