What we're about

Welcome to Feet First Auckland.

A Popular Meet Up Group for Bush, Coastal, City Walks & Easy to Medium Hiking and Tramping with the guides Stephen F and Mike K and others.

You'll also find a judgment-free zone and lots of love and encouragement no matter what you look like on the outside, or needing emotional and mental support as showing your vulnerability is strength on Feet First where there is no judgment, only support, love, encouragement, empathy, and respect.


Meanwhile our focus on Feet First is on having an enjoyable and energetic day in the hills or surrounding countryside or other places to walk and explore in Auckland's wilderness and urban areas.

We leave the high speed faster paced gut busting hiking events to other groups.

The companionship and conversations are an essential part of any event we do on Feet First - but at the end of the day we also know we have had great exercise as well.

We do most outdoor activities in Auckland, including guided hiking, urban walks, kayaking, caving and other things throughout the year ..with a strong focus on slowing down and looking around..and not just events for exercise..

Sometimes we'll travel to other places like the Waikato, Coromandel and Northland.

We also frequently stop at a Cafe or Restaurant after our walking and hiking events for those interested.

Meanwhile..Exercise is important however ...so is the strong social interaction between people and that's what's makes Feet First Events Interesting and fun...And different...Join us and find out ..we are a group that has been going for over ten years..and we are very active with an event on most weekends..Saturday and Sundays. and sometimes during the week. .

Our members ages vary from 20s and 30s, to 40s and late 50s and even active 70 plus tramping veterans join us as we explore a lot of tracks in the Waitakere Ranges they have walked for decades..like our Organizers and Event leaders.

Membership Rules.
Having a clear portrait photo showing your face is important...As is using your proper first name when you join ..like Robert or Mary and not an abbreviated format like JP or an Aliais isn't OK...particularly...if . you're interested in attending our Events for carpooling or to help us identify you clearly if there are RSVP questions on our events.

We also prefer you not to wear denim or heavy cotton shorts, as these make you cold when wet and add to hyperthermia.

Good grippy shoes or boots are recommended, and also carrying everything you need to enjoy hiking throughout the year in a small backpack.

Please note also ..No guests, dogs, teenage children, or smokers.

Please refrain from video-ing another member without their consent...Or using a drone or ipod, or go pro camera..No one wants their face all over the internet..Be considerate when you use your phone or camera please.


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. All are talked about on each Event where you can ask questions and receive answers.

Our Feet First Events are pre-walked and checked for your outdoor safety and risk management .They are graded in difficulty on a scale of 1-5 , and if you are an active regular Hiker., Tramper or Urban Walker, or new to Auckland's outdoor activities, there will be a local or out of town trip that may interest you and some other activities like Caving and even the occasional Petanque game.

We ask for a $2 Gold coin donation on the event you attend to go towards the Meet Up Website costs and organising event leaders do at their own expense providing pre-walked events for your benefits .


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 whether it be summer or winter, and a hiking pole is helpful .

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.


Organising many events , Mike K and Stephen F are the main Leaders and Organizers, assisted sometimes by Boyd and David and others occasionally.

So join us, come as often as possible and walk yourself happy in and around Auckland with Feet First on a day that suits you!

You are always welcome.

Thanks for stopping by ..

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

Feet First Leadership Team.
Stephen F, Mike K , Boyd P and David B



Upcoming events (2)

One Tree Hill - Cornwall Park- Night Walk and Mid Week Socializing

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Time for some mid week exercise again while it's not winter yet...and socialising and a few laughs at the well known One Tree Hill and Cornwall Park.

We will meet at 5.30pm..., so plan to leave work early to join us, as once we start it will be difficult to find us ..

Following a combination of official footpaths and some off the concrete sheep trails, this Event will take you out of comfort zone if you like....or you're craving something different from being at the desk all week..or watching TV on the couch..

Bring along strong shoes that are grippy, a rainjacket or umbrella..and a sense of humour and adventure..

Water and snacks..and perhaps a hiking pole or stick...

No guests, dogs or smokers or children please.

🛑Meet and Greet is 6.00pm .

With a finish hopefully by 8.30pm.

🛑Where Meeting -

Join us under the shelter at Parkgate Superette and Flowers Shop at 653 Manakau Road, Royal Oak.

Opposite the entrance to One Tree Hill on Manakau Road.

Bring a headlight or handheld torch..

🛑If you don't have a suitable torch ( other than your mobile phone) on the night, for the group safety and yours, you can't attend this night walk.

Sorry if this sounds harsh, however its dark and dangerous without a light off the concrete pathways

Get to the supermarkets or The Warehouse or Mitre 10 , or Kathmandu or an outdoor sports shop to buy a headlight torch...or borrow something similar from a friend..😊

Carpooling. Transportation.

Organise this amongst yourselves prior to this Event. Add your mobile number and area where you live and contact each other.

Give some money to your driver.

Park in nearby streets like Beckenham off Manakau Rd.

Toilets on the way..

Bring along your winter hiking clothes so you can enjoy the journey, or be warm if we stop.

If its really wet..we will postpone to another Wed night..

Spread the word..bring your friends and let's enjoy this mid week off the concrete farm walk and adventure.

No race, we will stop lots to rest and take in the views and talk about some things we walk past.

See you soon.

Cheers Stephen F.


Piha Beach Visit - Lion Rock - The Gap & Lookout - Kitekite Waterfalls & Bush

Yes it's time again
for another visit to the famous Piha Beach as we explore the natural beauty of this West Coast Beach by foot...at this hugely popular location.

This Event is
ideally suited for active new members, or other from Feet First wanting a slower paced walking experience , stopping lots to rest and take photographs.

Or mix and mingle and socialise , a popular feature of our walking group, as we leave all the fast paced walking groups to other people..

As a passenger or a driver...A fantastic drive out west awaits you. ...And its mostly an easy walking journey all day combining beach, coastal and bush walking of around 5 hours ...but it's no race and we stop lots.

🌼We will climb up Lion Rock to begin with ( well it's optional...someone has to look after the beach and backpacks..)

Then we stroll along the black sand Beach to the southern end of Piha where the impressive sea caves are , and Lookouts ..

Toilets along the way near the Campground... and after lunch.

Option afterwards or before to stop at the Piha Cafe for morning coffee, other refreshments, pizza and cold beers and socialising afterwards......or simply head home to Auckland..

Bring your camera for incredible results of stunning scenery and landscapes..and people experiences..

🔊When - Saturday May 28th ..2022

🔊Meet and Greet is at 10.30 am.

With a finish around 4pm.

🔊Where Meeting- Piha Beach Domain Carpark on Seaview Rd in front of Lion Rock just past the Camping Ground, Toilets and Piha Store and large Cafe. Entry on left past shops.

🔊GPS - 12 Seaview Rd. Piha Beach. - Entry on left past Cafe..

Opportunity after to visit Piha Cafe for refreshments or a cold beer and a shared pizza.

No Guests or Smokers or Dogs or Children please.

⚠️About 8km of easy going walking..

⚠️- On our scale of difficulty this is mostly a 2 out of 5 .

You need to have a good level of stamina for around 4 hours of Bush and Beach walking..

🔊Cost- $2 Gold coin or donation towards website is appreciated. .

🛑 Good grippy shoes are recommended or mountain sandals.

🛑Highlights- Waterfalls, Endless sea views north and south of Piha beach. Black sand beach.

Photograph opportunities..and Pizzas and Beers at Piha Beach Cafe afterwards.

🛑Carpooling . Sort this out amongst each other.

Suggest you give $ 20 to your driver. Allow at least an hours drive to get to Piha. More time than your GPS is needed in the weekends.

I look forward to showing you around this iconic beach and coastal location at Piha Beach...and fantastic Kitekite Falls..

Bring along warm clothing for winter weather conditions, and a rainjacket or small umbrella is helpful

Let's make this a Fabulous Feet First adventure walk

See you at Piha Beach..

Cheers Stephen F.

Feet First Walking Guide .



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