About the Festival

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.

The Urban Walking Festival and Covid19


The festival organisers are monitoring the Ministry of Health advice. We are currently proceeding with the festival, however, should the situation and advice change we will respond appropriately.

We encourage anyone feeling unwell to stay home.

We encourage all people to

  • Use non-contact forms of greeting and farewelling people
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or by covering your mouth and nose with tissues.
  • Put used tissues in the bin or a bag immediately.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often (for at least 20 seconds).
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.