WELCOME TO FEET FIRST HIKING AND OUTDOOR ADVENTURES.
We started in 2010 and hike most weekends.
What we do is different - We keep our numbers on our events mostly to under 30 members.
We also stop lots on the hills and encourage moments to pause to rest and take in the views...Or get your camera out and take a great outdoor picture...We also stop to talk about the things we are walking past, like names of trees and plants and birds we hear or see , or local history of the places we visit.
We share rides to get to the start of the track - which helps you with costs for the day and you arrange this yourself prior to coming on the days event.
We hike as a group, make sure members do not get left behind on our hikes. Please advise the group leader if you are a beginner or first timer.
The leaders or guides, Stephen F , Mike, Frank and others...know the area we hike in very well, and pre-plan and identify any potential outdoor hazard on the tracks you walk on to ensure you have a happy day with minimum personal risk involved.
Leaders are trained in First Aid and carry extra equipment .. However, it's assumed when you join , that you have a reasonable level of personal fitness and can cope with at least 5 hours hiking, over uneven ground sometimes , in all weather situations and you have read and understood the details on each event you rsvp too.
Where do we hike -
That skyline of blue-green hills to the north and west of Auckland is called the Waitakere Ranges and takes about an hour to drive to from Queen Street. Famous beaches nearby like Piha and Karekare , and others are visited often.
This area of West Auckland is where Feet First does most of its hiking . It is a wonderland of bush, stream and sea, with over 200km of tracks suitable for all levels of experience.
Whether you come to experience the raw power of the west coast beaches, the tranquillity of the inland forests , the swimming holes of the hill streams or enchancement of the wilderness areas we hike in , there will be something that will amaze you, if you're new to Auckland or New Zealand.
We do visit other places around Auckland, and sometimes we do out of town trips to the Coromandels or other places on special occasions.
Most members on Feet First are aged around 25 - 55 years old. Some though are younger, some older !
Why do we do it -
Hiking is fun but hiking with friends is one of life's greatest pleasures. We are passionate about showing people the areas we have explored and we'd like to share that passion with you. Whether you're new to hiking or a seasoned hiker we're confident you'll find our smaller grouped hiking trips fun, challenging and above all ...have an amazing social experience where you'll meet new friends.
We carpool to share costs, which is up to you to organise when you rsvp, giving $10 to the driver who arranges to pick you up from your home or location you choose. For this reason it's important for everyone, to have a clear photo of yourself on your profile.
Most hikes we do are about 5 hours long, depending on the overall fitness of the group, and we sometimes we do longer trips throughout the summer daylight saving hours.
It's free to join Feet First - though we ask for a donation to cover the cost of this website on the hiking event you attend.. A $2 gold coin is appreciated when you arrive , or after the hike.
During this meet up you will;
-explore the many tracks in the Waitakere Ranges, and other Regional Parks in Auckland within a few hours drive.
-get to the start of each hike by carpooling or sharing a ride with another member.
- hike with a group of less than 30 members with your outdoor safety in mind , while observing a few simple hiking guidelines.
- explore areas of bush that have been previously explored by the leader .
-learn something about what we are walking past like the trees and plants etc.
- see waterfalls, wildlife, breathtaking views and black sand beaches .
- stop to take some great photos.
- relax and listen to the sounds of nature.
- stop at a great café after the hike sometimes .
Each hike is guided and is graded easy, medium or hard...Or on a scale of 1-5 .
Easy ( 1-2 ) - suitable for beginners; gentle hills, alot of stops, wet feet a possibility.
Medium (2-3 ) - steeper hills to climb, a lot of stops, wet feet a possibility
Hard (4 -5) - longer hikes needing confidence and stamina, wet feet a definite.
Once you join us… and come out on a hike, you'll see from other members what you need to buy or purchase from an outdoor shop to make your next hike more enjoyable and fun.
Feed your hiking habit, or start it with us .
More information about hiking equipment for NZ conditions and what to bring is on the Events you choose to RSVP.