What we're about
Are you nature deprived ? Are you wanting more to do in your weekends ,other than trips to the shopping mall or watching rugby or the horses on TV ? Do you want to get some gentle exercise and meet some other like minded new friends …?
Then ...Welcome to Feet First - Auckland's Best Bush , Coast and City Walks ..
A Walking and Hiking Group dedicated to the enjoyment of the Outdoors....And we always have lots of events on most weekends..
Feet First is one of the longest running Meet Up Groups in Auckland establishing itself in 2010 by its Organiser and Main Walking Guide Stephen French, a long time resident of Auckland who has spent decades roaming and exploring the many parks, tracks and trails around Auckland and throughout New Zealand .
Along with Mike Knowles and other Event Leaders, we believe, Feet First, offers an unique walking experience in Auckland, with lots of enthusiasm and good times to be had, by all the different members from many countries that come out with us..Here's hoping you do too !
FEET FIRST is ideal for people wanting easy to medium graded guided walks around 4 to 6 hours on an event on a Saturday or a Sunday covering about 8 to 10km . Sometimes more ..sometimes less. We stop lots along the way to take in the views and relax..
We do a mixture of guided coast, bush and urban walks within a hours drive of the CBD and sometimes a little further some weekends.. It is assumed you like nature, and slowing down and looking around when walking on tracks or trails or at a local park or reserve in our urban areas... at a slower pace than a hiking group.. plus interacting socially with other members and enjoy taking photographs ...if not this group may not suit your needs as we are more than just walking quickly from A to B then C .
Learn about the local history and environment and information on Auckland's history and wildlife.
Feet First is ideal for those more seasoned hikers or visitors to NZ wanting to learn about native trees sometimes , see birds, and enjoy other highlights on tracks that include hidden waterfalls, as we regularly visit the same places more than once throughout the year to get a different perspective throughout the seasons.
When you slow your walk down and take time to look around, there is much more to appreciate being outdoors.
Unlike most other Meet Up Hiking Groups , on Feet First we take the time, to slow down and look around ..while we are out walking in nature, to learn other things such as the names of native trees, the birds we hear, and often see, and some of pioneering history that Stephen likes to share, that fast paced walkers, hikers and tramping groups often miss, as they often rush through the tracks and seldom stop to take in the views or take a photograph.
This is where this group is different. So come prepared to Slow Down and Look Around.
Sometimes we stop and listen to the sounds of nature too..for a few minutes, a special time to be still and practice mindfulness , to relax and not to use your camera, and just hear the wind in the trees, the drops of rain, or the many hundreds sounds that are often missed by lots of talking and rushing quickly through the forest ..
Please note: If you prefer to knock off lots of kilometres and hours out in the wilderness on your own or ahead of the leader or other members, this isn't the group for you! You'll be better off joining one of the 6 other Meet Up Hiking Groups in Auckland...
You must be at least 20 years old to join our group, and agree not to bring guests, animals, or smoke on any of our events .
Check out our previous photo's from our past Events to see the wide range of outdoor activities we do, camping, social night hikes, and recently ( March 18th ) we were filmed by a Japanese Film Crew making a documentary on What to Do when visiting Auckland, as part of a the Sky Network, Bravo TV, and they followed us through the bush, to spot some kauri trees ,and cross streams and we learned about other things nature has waiting for you too , to explore with us.
More things about what to wear, or bring along on our events, and carpooling, is listed on the Weekend Event listed normally a week before our hikes . You can also learn on the day from other Members .
So join us, and walk yourself happy with Feet First on a weekend that suits you!
Thanks for stopping by ..
Slow Down and Look Around next time you go walking..
Stephen F. ( And Mike and Steve )
Feet First Organisers since 2010.
Most members on Feet First are aged around 25 - 55 years old. Some though are younger, some older!
Why do we do it?
Bush Walking is fun but going out into the wild places 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 group walking trips fun and above all have an amazing social experience where you'll hopefully 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 their face on their profile.
Most wilderness bush walks or hikes or urban walks we do are half day or sometimes longer ...hours long, depending on the weather and event, and also the overall fitness of the group.
We also sometimes we do longer trips during the summer daylight saving hours and also camp overnight though our style is mostly glamping, with a car nearby your tent and a cafe.
It's free to join Feet First, though we ask you please to bring a gold coin donation to cover the cost of this website on the event you attend.
More about this on the day you come on a walk with us...
Each Walk is guided and is graded easy, medium or hard... or on a scale of 1-5.
Easy ( 1-2 ) - Walk suitable for beginners; gentle hills; a lot of stops, wet feet a possibility.
Medium (3 ) - Steeper hills; a lot of stops, wet feet a possibility. Stopping to talk about trees and take photos.
Hard (4 -5) - A longer Walk, stopping lots, however you need outdoor confidence and stamina; wet feet likely or a definite.
Once you join us and come out on a Feet First Event , you'll see from other members what you need to buy or purchase from an outdoor shop to make your next walk more enjoyable and fun.
So thanks for checking us out.
More information about Wilderness hiking equipment for NZ conditions and what to bring, is on the Events you choose to RSVP to.
We hope to see you on the tracks soon!
The Feet First Leadership Team