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Welcome to Feet First !

Guided Urban Walks and Hikes around Auckland ..with lots of fresh air..

We welcome all who like to walk and stop lots to rest and relax, take photos..and talk about what what we are seeing

Exercise is important however so is the strong social interaction between people and that's what's makes Feet First Events Interesting and fun..join us and find out ..we are a group that has been going for ten years..

Please note..No guests, dogs, children, or smokers, or those using a drone are welcome.

Please leave your responsibilities at home and come along and enjoy our amazing outdoor experiences...get some exercise...and make new friends .

Feet First is one of the longest running Meet Up Walking 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 K and Boyd and other Event Leaders , we believe, Feet First, offers an unique walking experience in nature 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 Urban Walks and Hikes of 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 few hours drive of the CBD and sometimes a little further some weekends.. It is assumed you like nature, and photography 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 sometimes.. 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 .

You will learn about the local history and environment and information on Auckland's history and wildlife and plants and trees .

We Carpool/ Share rides to get to our Events, and it's up to you to be proactive prior to an event you like, to arrange transportation or drive your own car, and its better to share your journey with another FF Member who contributes money towards petrol.

Our Events are graded in difficulty on a scale of 1-5 , and if you are an active regular Walker, or new to Auckland's outdoor activities, there will be a local or out of town trip that may interest you .

We ask for a $2 Gold coin donation on the event you attend to go towards the Meet Up Website.


Unlike most other Meet Up Hiking Groups , on Feet First we also 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.

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 ..


It's up to you to come prepared with grippy shoes and carry everything in a small backpack with your lunch, water and snacks for the days hike.

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 ( 2017 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 Event listed normally a week before our hikes or urban walks so you have time to arrange transportation amongst each other.


So join us, and walk yourself happy in and around Auckland with Feet First on a weekend that suits you!

Thanks for stopping by ..

Slow Down and Look Around next time you go walking outdoors..


Stephen F. ( And Mike , Boyd & Steve )

Feet First Organisers


Upcoming events (4)

Hunua Ranges- Rata Ridge Loop Track and Dam - Easy Going Paced Day Hike - 5hrs

. Hi Everyone...This Event is Full..And now closed for more RSVP . However if you're an active FF member and want to come, please PM me.... ☀️🌳🌞🌲🤗🏵🌳 Lets get together for a guided days hiking up and over some wonderful hills and valleys in the Hunua Ranges in South Auckland in late May. Combination of wide old service roads and Bush trails and a true wilderness adventure....One of my very special places to visit ..With a great local rural pub..to visit nearby for those interested on the way home ....Read on for more details. Limited spaces...No more Big groups. 🍃🍂🌲🌳💐 .Please update your RSVP if you cannot attend.... 🛑🛑🛑 Please answer the RSVP question which determines your interest and participation for Autumn Hiking with your group Feet First... 🛑🛑 If you do not answer RSVP question your name will be shifted to the Not Going List . This is for your safety and ours as a group, as walking in nature has its risks particularly for new people. So read on and come prepared for cooler weather conditions etc.. 😊Hike Features- Great views, amazing trees and some awesome trails, and photographic opportunities..including finding colourful fungi and other things.. 🛑Good leg strength is required..The Hunuas are known for their high hills and rough trails.. Come prepared please for muddy slippery tracks wearing grippy shoes or boots.. 🛑What - Hunua Ranges- Rata Ridge Loop Track- And Dam Visit . 🛑When - Saturday May 25th. 🛑Meet and Greet is 9.30am . With a finish around 4pm.. 🛑Rsvp Conditions- Open to all... Limited to about 35 Feet First Members. No guests or smokers please.. 🛑😎🛑Grade - About a 3 on our scale of difficulty of 1-5 .. Tracks could be slippery and muddy walking on a combination of rough roads and tracks . 😎🤠🛑Important Note - I will be leading this event at my easy going pace .. particularly on the uphill stretch in the morning to begin with.. 🛑It's no race and as usual we stop lots to take in the views and relax with each other, take photos and chat about the trees and plants etc..Not suitable for fast paced members or anyone in a hurry to knock off lots of steps or kilometers.. 🤠🛑Afterwards we can stop by at the Clevedon Tavern for hot food and drinks, and quite often there is a live band playing, so we could socialize and do some dancing.. 🛑Meet and Greet is 9.30am. 🛑HOW LONG ? About 12 km - Around 5 hours hiking plus extra for breaks. 🛑-About our Hike - This is a medium level hike with a one-hour walk to begin with up an old road going past the big reservoir.. We will take this part of the morning slower to enjoy the views and history of this area.. 🛑Then it's around 4 hours in thick bush on some overgrown muddy slippery tracks walking in a loop.. . Then we return to our cars down the same road we came up . 🛑A hiking pole is very helpful...And grippy footwear. 🛑- As mentioned..You do need to come prepared with strong footwear, good hiking clothing for colder weather, and preferably have a merino base layer or some wool clothing in your pack to keep you warm as the hike takes us high in the ranges. If you are cold, you haven't prepared enough. If you don't have suitable grippy shoes for the day's event, and a rain jacket etc to keep yourself comfortable..you can't come..This may sound harsh, however this is for your outdoor safety and ours too...as winter weather walking is upon us..Please do your best to come prepared. 🙏 🛑- Bring your lunch, plenty of snacks and water to keep your energy levels up. 🛑Make sure your footwear is clean and free of mud from previous hikes. There is a Kauri die back cleaning station in the carpark so when you arrive ..get your shoes and boots sprayed before you join us . - Be sure also...to read all the details , and understand the safety guidelines of our group and agree to come fully prepared for a long, and demanding, but a pleasant and fun autumn hike in a different part of south Auckland we visit several times a year.. There should be some great mushrooms around for those that enjoy photographing nature... 🛑🛑DRIVING - Getting to the Dam is easy if you follow the Driving Directions from Google above this Event. If you're unsure, then ride with someone that knows Auckland...and check your maps or GPS before you leave the city. 🛑 FOR GPS - Google Waterline Road or A.R.A Drive. 🛑Driving Directions to Drive to Dam - From Auckland City, you drive south along the motorway - towards Manurewa and Papakura...Then going left at Papakura exit ... It's about a 30min drive east towards the township of Hunua and then about 6km south on the Hunua Rd is the turnoff to the Upper Mangatawhiri Dam. 🛑Look for Moumoukai Road,turn LEFT here. then follow this as it becomes A R A Drive then up and down some hills onto Waterline Rd where it goes slightly to the right where little carpark is and toilets . 🛑Allow at least an hour OR MORE travelling from Auckland CBD, or longer if on the Northshore or out West if you're unfamiliar with south Auckland. 🛑🛑Transport - CARPOOLING - Let's carpool to save on costs, giving $15 to your driver. Arrange this amongst yourselves soon, and post comments when you rsvp on the list if you need or can offer a ride. Adding your mobile number is helpful. $2 Gold Coin or Donation is welcome on the day for website costs. 👍👍- Please answer the RSVP question , as it helps with planning and can only be seen by the Leadership Team. Kind Regards Stephen F. Hike Leader. Mob[masked] Email: [masked]

Special Event - Kauri Die Back Talk by scientist Dr Bruce Burns + Walk

Hi all. Auckland Council is running a series of talks on the Science and understanding around Kauri Die Back for members of the public and from tramping and hiking groups who are interested at the Arataki Visitor Centre 5km from Titirangi. Dr Bruce Burns is the last speaker, since they were started in January..and over an hour. .his scientist based talk will explain the background around the disease which affects the Kauri Trees ability to rehydrate and as a result the tree dies from the top down, eventually causing its once impressive bark to grow weak and die. Kauri die back affects young and older trees, and there are many Kauri in the Waitakeres over 500 years old..some 800 years old.. Dr Bruce Burns research seeks to determine which plants occur together in natural ecosystems, and how do these change over time. Bruce is particularly interested in what determines plant species coexistence in native forest ecosystems particularly by Kauri in Auckland and what are the ecological resources and responses of Kauri Die Back and the significance of Kauri mycorrhizae. Dr Bruce Burns research explains the background around the disease, which has its origins from hundreds of years ago linked to the Potato Famine in Ireland killing lots of people. Talk begins at 10.30am with Meet and Greet at 10am for those interested with Morning Tea provided free at the Arataki Visitor Centre . Event is Free. However parking is limited so come early . After Dr Bruce's talk which should finish by 12pm.. We'll also walk some of the nearby tracks for those interested for around 3 hours , Beveridge and Exhibition Drive. To keep it simple, you must attend talk, to take part in the Bush walk as parking is limited at Arataki for others attending Dr Bruce's talk. We could also have a catch up and food and drinks at the nearby Elevation Cafe after Talk, or after our Bush Walk depending upon group interest and weather. When - Sunday 26th May. Meet and Greet is 10.00am. Talk begins at 10.30am. Entry is Free and lots of members of the public etc will be attending at Arataki. Carpooling. Organise this amongst yourselves prior to this event . Bring along your raincoat and backpack if you're free to come along on the 3 hour walk afterward. More details coming up depending upon interest. Let's hope Dr Bruce has some awesome ideas and proven success and science about saving Kauri Trees.. Happy Walking everyone.. Cheers Stephen F.

Sunset Walk - Karekare Beach Explore and Night Finish - BYO Dinner - 5 hr

Hi all.. Staying in Auckland for the long weekend coming up in June ? Come for a spectacular Feet First Sunday afternoon and evening easy Beach Walk Adventure ...starting and ending at Karekare Beach south of Piha. ..No Hills. Mostly flat beach walking....Finishing with a Night Walk...BYO Wine or Cider and Dinner..to watch the sunset around 5.30pm . 👍Please answer the RSVP question which determines your interest and participation. 🌲🌳🌵This event is mostly flat, and not suitable for fast paced members or anyone in a hurry, the photography here is always amazing ..black sand, uninterrupted coastal views, seabirds, full of historic interest, old tunnel , sand dunes, something for everyone.. 🤗WARNING - You need to bring a torch or headlight for the walk back in the dark. You also need to come prepared for the exposed wind and occasional rain in this area..if it's really wet on the day, this event will be postponed..More on this later if you're keen.. 🌲🌳🌿 Description - Starting from Karekare Beach Carpark and Toilets..we will walk south via the Pohutukawa Track and then the beach to some sand dunes by the entrance to Pararaha Valley..and finishing with an hour and a half walk back to Karekare beach mostly the same way... 🌳When - Sunday 2nd June. Queens Birthday Weekend 🌲Meet and Greet is 2 PM with a finish around 7.30 pm. 🌳Come earlier to visit the nearby Karekare Waterfalls, a few minutes away from the carpark. 🌲🌳☘After a long extended dinner break with some wine or beers...or nothing.. we can also share sweet things to eat etc to watch the sunset over the majestic Tasman sea on the west coast of Auckland.. 🤗Another toilet after dinner is at Tunnel Point Campground we pass on way back.. 🌲Distance - About 8km. 🌲🌳 Taking around 5 hours of walking. 1 hour for dinner and sunset watching.. 🌳Highlights of Sunset Walk.. Stunning coastal views. Black sand beach. Surfers. Seagulls , Black Swans, Shags, and Ducks. Old tunnel to walk through. Wetlands and lots of history. 🌳How hard- On our scale of difficulty this is a 2 out of 5. Good walking fitness required on mostly black sand. Can be hard on the knees and legs if not active..Possibly wet shoes and feet if we visit the wetlands ... 🌲About an hours drive from Queen St. CBD. 🌳Where Meeting- Karekare Beach Carpark on Karekare Beach Rd. Off Piha Rd. 🌳Cost - $2 gold coin or donation towards the website is appreciated when you arrive. 📣📣Bring- Warm clothing for exposed coastal conditions. A thermal layer is important. Wear strong shoes or boots. Carry everything in a small backpack. Remember to bring your torch or headlight. ☎️🥁🎧Toilets are at the meeting carpark and half way on walk there and back. 🐸🌲☀️Carpooling- Sort that out before the event with one another. Put a note on the thread below with your mobile phone number and area where you live. Suggest you give your driver $15. Limited to 50 Members. No guests. Get them to join us . Remember to bring a good torch...or headlight...and warm clothing for the exposed winter walking conditions . Please update your RSVP if you choose another option closer to this event. Thanks. 🌲🌳🍀🌿 Cheers Stephen F. Feet First walking group guide.. Mob[masked]

Goldies Bush Revisted - Hike & Stream Bash - Waterfalls - Medium- 5hrs

Hallo All. Be sure to read all the details of this Feet First event as there are RSVP restrictions..See below.. 🌵☘🌿🌳🌲🌾 Join me for a pre winter hike at Goldies Bush and Mokoroa Waterfalls ...near Muriwai Beach for a combination day of Bush walking, stream and waterfalls visits, and photography . 👍Wet shoes and socks is a definite part of the days 5 hours hiking.. and come prepared for rain or shine, slippery tracks and lots of unbridged stream crossings.. 👍 Important Special RSVP conditions - This Event is Not for new members . You must have Attended at least 4 previous Feet First Events.. 👍Please answer the RSVP question which determines your interest and participation. Or your name will be dropped off the going list in the interest of outdoor risk management . 😊This is an easy going paced walking event with lots of things to do and enjoy ...not suitable for fast paced hikers or anyone in a hurry.. When - Saturday June 8th. Meet and Greet is 9.30am. With a finish around 3pm pm depending on weather conditions etc. Hopefully the weather will be fine enough and perfect for pre - winter walking and photography. Limited to 35 Feet First Members 😎The route includes an hours walk in the Bush at the start and end of the day. Plus a visit to a stunning big waterfall where we can shower under, if you are brave...have our lunch break..plus enjoy 3 hours of guided walking down the stream. 😎Medium Difficulty..On our scale, this is a 3 out of 5. Won't bother active members who hike most weekends. 😎Distance to hike is about 12 km.. 😎😎Meet and Greet is 9.30 am ready to walk.. 😎😎 Location..Carpark is at 6 Constable Rd, Muriwai. Finishing around 3pm..depending on overall level of difficulty and group focus this pre winter Stream and Bush Walk has.. 😎Be sure your footwear is clean and free of mud from previous hikes..A Kauri die back cleaning station is at carpark so come prepared for this.. 😎Bring everything in a small backpack,.. bring your lunch, snacks and warm thermal clothes and raincoat....and a Hiking Pole is recommended too.. Limited to 35 Feet First members..No guests or smokers or use of drones . Cost - $2 Gold coin or donation towards the website please.... Carpooling - Sort this out amongst each other asap.. list your mobile number and area where you live. Give $15 to your driver. See here for insight and inspiration.. http://tomhike.com/goldie-bush-loop-muriwai/ Happy Walking everyone.. Kind regards Stephen French. Mob[masked]

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