The establishment of Christianity in New Zealand involved a lot of travelling about the country, much of it on foot. Bishop Selwyn was a renowned walker. The Kiwi Camino pilgrimages are aimed at getting out there again and “engaging” with the country again.
Past issues like the nineteenth century land wars still need to be thought about. The changing demographic face of New Zealand has also to be thought about and what might be the place of the Christian Church in it. At present St George’s Anglican Church is making an active effort to have an outward focus with creative pathways into the community. These pilgrimages are a direct response to that challenge.
This year we are planning four autumn and two winter pilgrimages. All have an historical and spiritual focus of varying degree. However, in keeping with the concept of pilgrimage it is up to the individual to decide his/her purpose for the walk.
The walks are of different lengths and degree of difficulty. Options exist for doing just part of them or even joining in by motor vehicle. The main thing is to participate, enjoy the company of others and maybe come to some further realisations about life along the way.
In the way the pilgrimages are currently being planned you will be part of an organised group on a specific day. We hope that in future other groups and individuals may like to use our planning as a template for their own pilgrimages. Walking notes about the routes will be provided for those who sign up for the walks and these will later be available on the website.
There has been a lot of interest in the Te Araroa trail pilgrimage.
We have a group of people who responded promptly, at this stage the accommodation we offered has now been booked.
If you are still keen to join this group do let us know by emailing your
interest to Sarah at
and we will put you on a waiting list in case anyone drops out.
This will be a northern bound kiwi pilgrimage following the Te Araroa Trail, it will start from Pataua North (where we finished in Oct 2019) and head for Matapouri. The emphasis will be on acquainting ourselves with the seaside settlements and some of the community of Pataua North, Ngunguru, Tutukaka and Matapouri.
There will be opportunities for people to be drivers rather than walkers, as well as softer walking options.
For the nights of 23rd and 24th October we have reserved two wonderful guest houses on the beautiful eco-farm of Tahi Honey at Pataua North, click on this link https://tahinz.com/ for more information on this accommodation.