• Evening Kayak Adventure - Glow Worms- Waikato River- Cambridge- RSVP closed..
    RSVPs are now closed for our group booking on 10th November..Limited spaces only available for us. Some aren't listed here. But are coming. Treat Me voucher open for other people on other days.. 馃槈馃槈馃槈 Are you interested in having an afternoon/evening Kayak adventure on the Waikato River near Cambridge with glow worms and being professionally guided by others..And having some awesome laid back fun. Note - Limited Spaces Only Available for 10th November for our group booking Please PM /text me your Treat Me voucher number asap... to confirm your place with this group. Note - You cannot use your own Kayak..This is not possible. Or allowed by The Boatshed. IMPORTANT - Please answer the RSVP question or your name will be removed. Read on and take action soon, as discounted bookings close soon on Treat Me in connection with The Boatshed in Cambridge. I did this two years ago and it's absolutely amazing..and cheap if you take advantage of the Treat Me deal, The Boatshed Kayaks in Cambridge has on offer now.. Check out this deal at TreatMe: Spring Glow Worm Kayak Experience https://treatme.co.nz/auckland/Activities/deal/spring-glow-worm-kayak-experience--0060I00000Y2sfBQAR?utm_source=treatme&utm_medium=android We can travel as a group or go individual if you want.. Details - Spend a still night in the Waikato on the river near Cambridge kayaking in a group in a double .. Meeting in Cambridge..at 6pm and finishing in the dark around 9pm...paddling amongst the beauty and tranquility of gorgeous waterways and glittering glow worms for around 3 hours. As the light fades away, we get all tied together and float up a hidden stream by an old dam. We stop briefly to enjoy supper around a firepit and they serve up tasty cheeses, sweets and we get a glass of wine or hot chocolate ..and sweets. Then get back into the kayak and the guides take us further down stream and then back over Lake to our cars. The return with all the glow worms in the hidden tributary stream off the Waikato River is so beautiful . It's very satisfying and very safe. They provide life jackets.. and paddling instructions and all kayaks are double with the person in the back steering. Yippee. Afterwarrds - We can either stay overnight in Cambridge at various accommodation like Airbnb or in the Top 10 Holiday Park in Leamington in Cambridge.. Camping as I intend doing.. or you drive back to Auckland . What - Spring Glow Worm Kayak Experience. Cambridge. When - Saturday November 10th.....or at a time that suits you before 21st Dec .if you just buy your voucher for future use . 馃憤馃憤馃憤How - Check out www.treatme.co.nz to see more details and to get your Discounts.. You will need to join and have a credit card to get your Adult discounted voucher.. Cost is $69 { normally $130) per Adult.. Limited spaces so if you are serious take action today as I have done. Only double kayaks are used. and no singles..or being able to use your own on this Boatshed Cambridge Adventure. Are you interested? Make a comment here below when you have booked. Depending on numbers going..we can travel to Cambridge by carpooling.. More details coming soon..if there is interest. Let's go night kayaking in Cambridge and see those glow worms..and have fun.. Check out Treatme now..Partner up or book now as a single.. I will contact The Boatshed to advise numbers keen next week.. Cheers Stephen F.

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    Epworth Retreat and Recreation Centre

    116 Findlay Road RD2Cambridge

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  • MANGEMANGEROA RESERVE HOWICK AND MORE.
    To start we will take a walk through the Point View Reserve with views of Auckland City on one side and Whitford countryside on the other. Highlights include some magnificent bush and a waterfall. Then we will go onto Mangemangeroa Reserve which follows the Mangemangeroa Estuary to Shelly Beach. This is a beautiful bush and farm coastal walk. If the tide is right we will walk onto Cockle Bay. Where: 14 Gracechurch Dr, Flatbush When: Saturday 10 November 10.30 a.m. Grade: 2/5, a few hills but not too bad. Pace: Easy going pace with time to take photo's - not a walk for those who wish to go fast. Lenght: a rough guess 10km. Time: 4 to 5 hours. Bring: Pack, food, water, rainproof jacket, sunhat, first aid kit, boots or trainers with good grip on the sole. Cost: Gold coin donation. Post hike refreshments: Maybe drinks in Howick for those that wish to. NO: Guests, animals, smoking. Weather: Looks okay. By the time we start any showers should have passed over. Mike [masked]

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  • Labour Weekend-Cambridge - Mt Pukeatua 753m- Maungatautari- Easy Med Hike- 5 hr
    Hi All. Update - Rsvps are Limited to 45 Members..Please answer the RSVP question which is mostly about health and safety.. 馃尡馃尣馃尦馃尶馃尵馃尩馃崄馃崁 Lets climb up Pukeatua Peak at a height of 753m on The Southern Side of Sanctuary Mountain. Maungatautari -in the Waikato just past Cambridge this Labour weekend. Meet and Greet is 11am on Saturday 20th October. The entrance to do the mountain hike at Maungatautari is free and separate from the main bird sanctuary area that public walk that costs money for entry.. This is a 5 hr return hike up a mountain with a significant amount of climbing hills up and then down mostly the same way. Optional overnight stay in nearby Cambridge. Sunday options include visiting the nearby Blue springs and the Walkway at Putaruru for a 3 hr walk.. Monday visiting Hamilton Gardens and Lake. The trail to Mt Pukeatua Peak is on s new metalled one..all weather track with a return down the old one .. more of an old fashioned hiking trail.. being used on our return. We start off from the carpark at Sanctuary Mountain to the right of main entrance. ( no entry fee for us ) . ..and is suitable for most active Feet First members...Combination of Wide benched tracks and some narrow ones. Last 20 minutes of walk to the Pukeatua Peak is optional. Not recommended for anyone that doesn't like a short steep climb or walking over rocks . So while others go to the top..you can relax and wait for us to return...Most of this 5 hour return hike is suitable for all weather conditions.. On our scale of difficulty this is a 3 out of 5. Steep hill climbing in some places..however not all day.. New track is used by people on quad bikes to set and check traps ..so by all accounts is not a hard day. Toilets at the Information Centre before or after, and ice cream or cold drinks. Note - Please answer the RSVP question. Maungatautari is a landlocked volcano, and the community has erected 47km of pest-proof around the triple peaks of Maungatautari. This atoll of rainforest dominates the skyline between Te Awamutu and Karapiro . You will enjoy the lush forest and wonderful views of the Waikato and hear and see lots of native birds.. This event is especially for Feet First active members wishing to test their fitness and outdoor skills ..and for anyone that likes bird spotting..plus time away from Auckland.. When - Labour Weekend - Saturday Oct 20th. Meet and Greet is 11am. This trail has rough parts mixed in with fairly good tracks.. but not for beginners not used to hill climbing.. A good level of hiking fitness is required and you need to come fully equipped for this 5 hr mixed terrain hike which has some steeper places which require use of hands and strong legs..to negotiate rocky outcrops .. to reach Pukeatua Peak at 753m and then come down . This hike is part of Over the Mountain Track within the Sanctuary Mountain Ecological Pest Free Zone at Maungatautari..Just past Cambridge. During our hike we will hear and see a wide range of native birds, including the stitchbird, keruru, north island Robin, saddleback, kaka and tui, as this area has been heavily influenced by being pest free for many years. Located near Cambridge. About 2 and a half hours drive from Queen St. When - Saturday 20th October. Meet and Greet is 11am with a finish around 5pm.. Daylight saving time will allow you time to get back to Auckland before nightfall, or join in for the after hike activities visiting the large swing bridge and nearby swimming in a river.. For those interested..How about staying overnight in and around Cambridge or Sanctuary Mountain.... I've booked my rural Airbnb accommodation already... . Get yourself organized too. Monday is a public holiday !! Sunday options include visiting the Blue Springs and Walkway in nearby Putaruru in the morning .. https://youtu.be/5VZRpImpdcg Then Sunday afternoon walking around the lower side of Sanctuary Mountain which we have done before .. ..or driving further away to explore other hiking trails. Rotorua is just over an hour drive away for a visit to the Redwood Forest..Or nearby Hamilton Gardens on Monday..and the..Lake offer good walking options.. We could also eat dinner in Cambridge or just hang out at your accommodation with a good book ... 馃審Meanwhile more about Hike on Saturday.. 馃審Distance to hike on Saturday..- About 10km. 馃寧Limited to 45 Members . No guests. Lets knock the bastard off ! 馃洃馃洃Suggested Carpooling cost is about $30. Work it out with your driver depending on where you live as petrol costs have increased... 馃対馃対馃対馃尀Overnight Options include staying at Top 10 Holiday Park in Leamington in Cambridge and various Airbnb places...Or Camping.. More details coming up soon when RSVP details are discussed regarding overnight interest.. Cheers Stephen F. Mob[masked]

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    Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari

    99 Tari RdCambridge

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  • WAIHEKE ISLAND COASTAL
    A trip to my favorite place following some stunning northern coast line taking in up to 12 bays if time allows. The plan is to end up at Oneroa for dinner (fish and chips etc, wine, beer etc) on the beach maybe under the pohutukawas and a swim for those that are keen. START TIME: Ferry leaves at 9 a.m. suggest you are there 8.30 a.m. PARKING: Have always found Downtown car-park pretty safe and approx. $10.00 for the day. COST: Return ferry tickets $38.00. GRADE: Medium - This is a hike not a wine tour. It will be hilly in places, a reasonable distance and we hope warm so you need to be reasonably fit. TIME: Unknown...as long as you want to socialise after on the beach eating, drinking and possible swimming. Not a hike if you wish to get back to Auckland early. BRING: Usual stuff, plenty of water, sun screen, sun hat, lunch. Plan is to have lunch at Little Oneroa. There is a dairy there and sometimes a mobile pizza caravan but I would'nt rely on them. Bathers if you want to swim. TOILETS: Matiatia, Little Oneroa, Sandy Bay, Surfdale (If we get that far) and our final destination Oneroa. IMPORTANT: THIS IS LIMITED TO 30 MEMBERS (NO GUESTS). PLANNED ROUTE: Our walk starts to the left of the end of Matiatia wharf where we will have introductions. We then follow a route round Matiatia Bay past Cable Bay to Owhanake Bay. From there we go past Island Bay, Fossil Bay through a vineyard and follow a country road down onto Oneroa Beach. We continue along the beach over to Little Oneroa for lunch. Possible route after lunch maybe a walk over to Sandy Bay then Enclosure Bay. Depending on time etc we could go over to Surfdale round to Blackpool then over a short distance to Oneroa. Whatever decieded for after lunch we will finish up at the end of the day at Oneroa for a well earned drink and something to eat. COST: $2 gold coin donation. Cheers Mike. Ph[masked] Email: [masked]

    Pier 2, Ferry Terminal

    99 Quay Street DowntownAuckland

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  • Sunset Walk - Karekare Beach Explore and Night Finish - BYO Dinner - 5 hr
    Come for a spectacular Saturday afternoon easy Beach Walk starting and ending at Karekare Beach south of Piha. ..No Hills..Finishing with a Night Walk...BYO Wine or Cider and Dinner..to watch the sunset... WARNING - LARGE NUMBERS- BEACH WALK SO PLENTY OF SPACE TO WALK.. .BRING A LITTLE TORCH OR HEAD LIGHT.. Description - Starting from Karekare Beach walking south to some sand dunes by the entrance to Pararaha Valley..and finishing with an hour and a half walk in the dark back to our cars...after watching the sunset at 7.30pm. When - Saturday 13th October. Meet and Greet is 3pm. With views up and down the coast and across the Tasman Sea this is a mainly flat walk on a black sand beach..and will be of interest to most members.. After a long extended dinner break with some wine and share sweet things to eat etc to watch the sunset.... We walk back same way...about one hour... finishing in the dark around 8.30pm..and then back to Auckland which takes another hour in a car.. Distance - About 8km and taking around 4 hours of walking. Come earlier to visit Big waterfall just past carpark on left. Walk down short track..Allow an extra hour..Swimming options. 馃惍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..Sandy tracks and old tramline.. Where - Waitakere Ranges- Karekare Beach ( Off Piha Rd). Route - Karekare Beach Walk south towards Whatipu to Big Sand dunes at the entrance to the Pararaha Valley to eat dinner.. And watch the Sunset... Then come back in the dark to carpark and cars at Karekare..via coastal track and Tunnel Point which has a toilet .. Two hours walking each way.. 馃崡馃エ馃馃巶馃嵎馃嵏FOOD - Bring along your own dinner ...and favourite dessert from your home country or a sweet dish or cake to share, add some wine and beers...a picnic blanket to sit on...and lets chat ..and watch the sun go down.. 馃崱馃崶馃崵How far - About an 8km walk. Same way return . 馃崳馃嵃馃崹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. 馃崘馃崗馃崍馃崕When - Saturday 13th October. 馃崬馃崚About an hours drive from Queen St. CBD. 馃馃崱馃崹馃崿Where Meeting- Karekare Beach Carpark on Karekare Beach Rd. Off Piha Rd. 馃崷馃ェ馃嵃馃崰馃崳When - 3pm Meet and Greet with a finish about 8.30pm. 馃崻馃崺馃嵓馃Cost - $2 gold coin towards the website is appreciated. No walking on Bush tracks as these are all closed.. 馃彄馃弿鈿撅笍馃幈馃ウ馃崗Daylight Savings..so lots of extra time for evening walks.. 馃彍馃寘馃寚Especially for the photographers in our group..and members wanting some great views ...plus exercise...and social good times... .easy going pace.. stopping lots to take in the views or photos . 馃寘馃寗馃寣After sunset - Headlight torch reccomended. Don't rely on your mobile phone. 馃摚馃摚Bring- Warm clothing for exposed coastal conditions. A thermal layer is important. Wear strong shoes or boots. Carry your everything in a small backpack. 鈽庯笍馃馃帶Toilets are at the meeting carpark and half way on walk there and back. 馃摲馃攷馃摻馃柋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... 馃尣馃尦馃崁馃尶 Cheers Stephen F. Mob[masked]

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    Kare kare Beach

    2 Karekare Rd, Huia, Karekare 0772Auckland

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  • Puhoi Valley Hike - Northshore - Easy Med- Followed by Dinner- Puhoi Rural Pub
    馃尡馃尣馃尦馃崁鈽橉煂筐煂攫煂 Come on a Sunday afternoon starting visit to Puhoi Valley at 2pm.. , to hike in Dunns Bush on the North Shore... to an area of bush with some big old trees ...and true wildernes that isn't walked much by members of the public ...and then lets have dinner at the Puhoi Pub near by at around 6.30pm. The delicious bistro pub meals..and quick service is amazing..so are the owners..and we have a group booking and place to eat under a covered area outside under the grapevine..grab s beer and order your dinner inside at the kitchen.. We will probably be a big group however the trails can cope with a large number...Read on for more details.. . When- Sunday October 7th. Meet and Greet is 1.45 PM at J.Tolhopf Rd ..Puhoi. Bohemian early settlers came here over 150 years ago and made farms in this very rough part of rural Auckland that took many years of hard labour to establish. Many families left , but many generations remain, and on this hike, and the drive there and back, you'll understand why this particular area is so peaceful and beautiful, yet so very close to Auckland city, thanks now to the new tunnels and motorway that takes you almost to the country town of Puhoi. Look for the turn off to the left off State Highway 1 as you come out of the tunnels to Puhoi.. 馃馃憤鈽楪etting to Meeting place..Drive past the Puhoi pub..then stop at Puhoi Cheese Cafe to lunch and use toilets there..then continue along Ahuroa Rd for 15 minutes. Look for side road on left at top of hill , called J. Tolhopf Rd..Turn left here. Drive past houses and look for cars parked on left ..This is where our Feet First Hike begins and ends... See you at 1.45 PM for Meet and Greet.. No toilets here..plenty of Bush.. 馃馃憤Note - This is an easy going social hike, walking in a loop..talking about the trees and enjoying the afternoon , and getting some exercise with the mix of walking in nature at a gentle pace.., with other feet first members interested in outdoor photography too. Hiking at a slower pace , so not suitable for those members in a rush to get back to Auckland . On our scale of fitness 1-5 - this is a 3 . There are some steep hills - up...and down...and some tracks are likely to be muddy so a hiking pole is very helpful ! Meeting at 1.45 pm on Sunday October 7th- The actual hike will start around 2.00pm till around 6pm - followed by dinner for those that wish at the famous nearby Puhoi Pub on the way home around 7pm. See Puhoi Pub for inspiration and pictures.. http://www.puhoipub.com/ Limited to about 50 Members... Our RSVP numbers often change on the day of the event depending on car pooling and other commitments.. This area of bush on the North Shore is really quite different to the Waitakere Ranges . This large bush reserve was donated by a family that farmed this area of Puhoi for many generations to help protect its big trees. The tracks are rough, so come with good grippy footwear, with a sense of adventure, as its easy to get lost and found again as we've done on two previous trips. The rewards are amazing - We'll be visiting three enormous kahikatea trees which is our tallest native forest tree, growing beyond 60m in some places, which isn't hard to believe when you see these monsters that have been spared from the axe man of 100 plus years ago. One is thought to be at least 900 years old as shown in first picture . Come early for lunch or relax in the garden area at the Puhoi Valley Cheese Cafe , as above picture shows....while enjoying an ice cream or hot drinks. Use there toilets.. Bring your camera, and take some time out to listen to the sounds of the bush as we explore the hinterland of Puhoi, which is about an hours drive north from Queen St. Carpooling - Arrange this amongst yourselves. List your request on line with your mobile number and area where you live. We suggest $15 be given to your driver to assist them with petrol costs. We may even see some lambs like last year ! Check out Puhoi Valley website for opening times and their lunch menu at http://www.puhoivalley.co.nz Come earlier if you want to park..Great toilets here too..None at our start.. About the area we walk in for those interested - Dunns Bush is a fantastic find, and quite challenging for hikers with some steepish hills ,and was donated by the family that owned this land in 1994. A small grove of Kauri are here also and lots of native nikau and taraire trees . The Dunn family ( Arthur and Val having farmed the area for 36 years ) were somewhat concerned about the amount of farmland and native bush in the local area becoming destroyed and going into pineland, and came to realize that this area of bush could be destroyed for pines. Hence their decision to find a way to legally protect the native bush , gifting over 96 hectares of land to QEII National Trust, in the belief that, in time, the native bush would become an important asset for the future of all NZ citizens . For more on former Puhoi.. Read on..... German settlers had drifted east from Bavaria over several centuries and by the middle of the 19th century Bohemia was inhabited by a mixed population of Czechs and Germans. Puhoi鈥檚 settlers were ethnic Germans who spoke a dialect which was similar to the Bavarian dialect in southern Germany. General unrest in Bohemia was one reason why the settlers were prepared to leave their homeland, and also, settlers were being offered 40 acres of free land per adult with an additional 20 acres for every child over eighteen, an irresistible incentive. These settlers had no idea of what old growth NZ rain forest looked like, nor how isolated they would be and that there were no other villages nearby. The main road was a bridle path and the river could not be navigated. One wonders how they coped and how they survived the first six months, 150 years ago. Contact me..if you have any questions. Come prepared for an easy medium bush walk...at an easy going pace...and expect heaps of fun. ..馃榿馃榿 Regards - Stephen F Mob[masked]. Feet First Guided Hiking Organizer..

    J. Tolhopf Road

    Dunns Bush Puhoi Auckland

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  • Anawhata Hinterland and Beach Explore- Hidden Waterfall - 5hrs
    Hi all.. Update - Have to limit numbers to 40 as trail is narrow and rough in some places after exploring the beach....See more below.. Please answer the RSVP question.. 馃尩馃尦馃崁馃崈 Lets stay in Auckland and head to the west coast to explore the beach and hinterland north of Anawhata . Not really a hike..more of a Beach and Bush lovers walk in and around Anawhata..which is north of Piha . There's also a hidden waterfall to see which is almost 50m.. Strictly limited to 40 Members as trail doesn't have the space for a large group. 馃尩馃尦馃崁 When- Saturday 29th September. Meet and Greet is 9.30am. Please answer the RSVP question which is mostly about health and safety. The 5 hour bush and beach walk is mainly a mystery ...so you have to like that aspect of the events I organize. For those that come you will get a real chance of getting off the beaten path and experience a true wilderness adventure as you will feel you are in the middle of nowhere... Wet feet is a definite possibility and old overgrown tracks have gorse and cutty grass in some places.. but it's not a hard day as we stop lots to take in the views and take photos so not suitable for fast paced members.. We visit this area numerous times and nows your opportunity as I have spent many years taking groups to this remarkable beach and back country and this will be a popular event. You must be confident and up for a few challenges you will do on the day. On our scale of difficulty this is a 2 and a half..out of 5. Wont bother anyone that is active outdoors with other groups..Steep hill climbing up and down to the beach from the carpark. Come prepared for the day. Swimming opportunities for those keen in fresh water stream.....although there are no changing rooms.. Carpooling. Sort this amongst yourselves prior to the event..Suggest $10-15 to your driver depending upon where you live . Meeting Location- Anawhata Beach . End of Anawhata Rd. Off Piha Rd. In the carpark overlooking the beach . Toilet available. Look forward to sharing this day with you.. Kind regards Stephen F.

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    Anawhata Carpark

    Anawhata Rd Anawhata Auckland

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  • Te Aroha Mountain Track - 952 m Climb + Hot Pools - Dinner at Austin's Cafe
    Hi all.. RSVP are closed. If you are an active FF member please PM me if you want to enjoy this special event. 馃尶鈽橉煂别煃侌煂拆煂吼煂 Lets climb up Mt. Te Aroha in the Waikato District on Saturday 22nd September.. which is nearly 1000 m. Spectacular views and a chance to test your stamina and fitness. Several easier options also.. I last climbed up to the summit 4 years ago, and if done slow and steady, can be a very rewarding experience for all levels of experience and fitness. As it's a two hour plus drive south from Auckland. Help your driver out...Stay overnight in a cabin with another member at the Te Aroha Holiday Park or an Airbnb. After Hike - Relax in the Hot pools after the hike then enjoy dinner at Austin's Cafe, local delicious food we visit often. Then drive home..An awesome day or weekend awaits you with Feet First. Yeah baby...馃槈馃憤 馃尶馃尨馃尵Now OPEN for RSVPS to active fit Feet First members ..as we have a great core group of very experienced Members attending. 馃尰PLEASE Answer the RSVP question which is mostly about health and safety. Thanks. Te Aroha is the highest Mountain at the southern end of the Coromandel Ranges. The view from the summit is spectacular at 952m. With 360 degree views over the Kaimai Mountain Range further south and the Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions. Mountains, Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe, and Taranaki are all visible on a clear day. If you don't want to go to the top, you could instead hike to the lookout called Whakapipi or Baldspur. Then farewell the fitter hikers as they continue climbing. Lots of local shops and a countdown supermarket is opposite the Visitor Centre. Plus nearby Waiere Waterfalls, the highest in the North Island, which we will visit on Sunday for those staying overnight and is about 4 hours hiking. Back at Te Aroha...The Lookout track zig zags up a well defined path behind the Mokoena Geyser..with plenty of resting spots and views. The lookout also known as Bald Spur has great views of Te Aroha and the surrounding districts and is still a worthy climb taking about an hour. This path was originally built in 1903 to encourage the health benefits of walking by the doctors at the turn of the century as Te Aroha was known as a Health Care provider and the soda springs were used for various purposes for healing. Doctors at the time considered the walk to the lookout a suitable slope for the Ortel treatment which suggested that graduated hill climbing was good for heart problems. From the Lookout the path becomes a steep track to the summit at 952m. As the track changes in altitude , the dense forest changes with rimu and miro trees, and silver beech becoming common. Both places of interest for start from the Te Aroha Visitor Centre and the Domain and Mokena Geyser. Where - Te Aroha - About two hours drive south from Auckland CBD. We will climb to both locations Feet First style..Slow and steady ..so not suitable for fast paced members . 馃憤Meet and Greet is 10 am in Te Aroha by Visitors Centre on Whitaker Street in the small township. Bring- Food and water and snacks for the day. Wear strong shoes or boots and a hiking pole is helpful. Thermal clothes should be carried as it can be quite cold at the summit. There is a shelter under the buildings at the top but bring something dry to sit on. Or on a fine day we can sit outside and take photos and talk about this amazing climb . Return down options from Summit will be discussed on the day. 馃憤Afterwards we can soak in the Thermal Hot Pools at the base of the mountain or use the hot tubs...Then eat dinner at Austin's Cafe which has a special area out back for our group and is fantastic as we dine here often...( We have a group booking at 7.30 PM) Then...Drive home after or stay overnight at the Te Aroha Holiday Park in a cabin or an Airbnb...More details Densely forested, Mt Te Aroha is also a bird lovers paradise, where Kaka, Kokako , and Tui can often be seen and heard. What - Feet First Climb to the Summit of Mt Te Aroha. When - Saturday 22nd September. Meet and Greet is 10 am in Te Aroha with a finish around 4pm.. 馃枑 RSVP Note - Be sure to Read all the Details for this Event. On our scale of difficulty ..this is a 4 out of 5 if going to the summit . About a 2 out of 5 if only going to Lookout. You need to have strong legs and knees, and use a hiking pole or have lots of outdoor confidence.....however we stop lots to rest and take in the views . You also need to come prepared for the weather conditions as it can be very cold at 1000m..on a cloudy day.. Afterward we can visit the hot pools or book a private hot tub, change clothes then lets eat at Austin's Cafe in Te Aroha . We have a group booking at 7.30pm in a private room out back. Place is licensed and the Lamb Shanks are massive. ! 馃尣馃尦馃憤Overnight accommodation is available at Te Aroha Holiday Park . Camping and cabins ....and other various places like Airbnb. 馃憤馃憤Check out Te Aroha Holiday Park for Bookings..Cabins start from $80 for two. Located 6km from the township we often stay here but eat in town... http://www.tearohaholidaypark.co.nz/ Or Contact the Owner - Anna - For Bookings and Enquiries. 027- 221- 2139 or[masked]. I've booked a big cabin for Saturday night..Other options include camping or staying in a Caravan..Team up with other people ..Get it sorted soon.. ..Make it a weekend trip for your driver and passengers..as this is a big day !! 馃尣馃尦馃尩馃尶馃尨馃尵Sunday options for anyone staying overnight are visiting nearby Waiere Waterfalls , a two hour return easy walk to Lookout or go ahead to the top and make it a weekend of big adventure .. 馃崁馃尩馃尣馃惍馃尣Where Meeting- Te Aroha Visitor Centre. 102 Whittaker St. Park in front of Te Aroha Domain next door. 馃崁馃尣馃尩馃尨Carpooling..Organise this amongst yourselves prior to this all day and weekend trip..Add your mobile number and area where you live. Suggest you give your driver $25 Cash to cover this 4 hour return trip .. 馃尶馃尨馃尵馃尩Note - Early Meet and Greet in Te Aroha is 10 am ready to hike..which is about 2 hours drive from Queen St.. Limited to 40 Feet First Members.. Safe travels everyone. See you in Te Aroha. The town of love... Cheers Stephen French. Mob[masked]

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    Te Aroha Visitor Centre

    102 Whittaker StTe Aroha

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  • Discover Motutapu Island- Home Bay to Billy Goat Point - Harbour Cruise
    Hi All. Update RSVP are Closed. Please do not ask to be included...Large Group Warning. We now are a big event..Most of the day is walking around open fields so plenty of people can still enjoy this wonderful event. Combining a 45 min Ferry Ride if you leave from the city at 9.15 am...and slightly less from Devonport at 9.25 am ....and then around 4 hours of walking on the Island ..Best option to confirm your participation is to pre-pay online your Ferry Ticket as we are competing with the general public. Take action now ... 馃憤馃憤馃憤馃憤馃憤 Lets get together for a visit to Motutapu Island- which involves a 35 minute Ferry Ride on the Auckland Harbour. A wonderful mostly open farm series of trails up and down rolling grasslands..Awesome coastal views all day .. When - Sunday September 16th. Motutapu is a predator-free island joined by an artificial causeway linking Rangitoto with Motutapu. There is a big striking difference between these two islands with rolling hills, versus black volcanic scoria, and grasslands, a wetland area and old world war two military sites on Motutapu now restored which make this island in the Hauraki Gulf one of the lesser known islands a great place for walking and exploring..and swimming for anyone keen. We will walk north following a series of open farm tracks after arriving at Home Bay with our lunch destination being Billy Goat Point which has scenic views across to Rakino Island and The Noises, smaller islands. Motutapu is a DOC- managed recreational reserve and the Ferry Service only runs fortnightly..If you are seriously interested in attending this easy going paced event. You are strongly advised to pre-book your Ferry Ticket at the earliest to get on the Ferry. Book online at www.fullers.co .nz . Or phone[masked]- 9111. Cost of Return Ferry Ride is $35 for Adults. When - Sunday 16th September . Departing Auckland at 9.15 am at Pier 4. Quay St. Or Devonport at 9.25 am.. Ferry goes to Home Bay and leaves from there at 3.15pm. We will have 5 hours on Motutapu . Please answer the RSVP question to ensure you have read the full details of this Island visit . We will have about 5 hours of walking on the Island. Walking to Billy Goat Point via the Wetland Track then loop back to Home Bay via the Pohutukawa Track to Sandy Bay for a swim for anyone keen. On our scale of 1-5 for difficulty...this is a 2. You need to enjoy hill climbing and have good overall fitness for winter weather walking.. What do I need- Plenty of water, at least two litres. Snacks and food for lunch . Good strong walking shoes, hiking pole (optional). Light rain jacket. Warm clothing for exposed coastal areas. And Ferry Ride. This is a full day Sunday activity due to the Ferry timetable and getting there early is highly recommended as we are competing with the tourists and general public that book this Ferry for the very scenic inner harbour Cruise.. See you on the boat or at Quay Street. Kind regards Stephen F. Mob[masked]

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    Ferry Building

    99 Quay StreetAuckland

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  • Waitakere Ranges- Upper Nihotupu Reservoir Walk - Easy - 3 hr
    Hi there.. Here's an opportunity to do a really great...easy morning Bush walk in the top of the Waitakere Ranges which is ideally suited for new members without a lot of outdoor experience , or you just want a slow easy going morning in nature.. This is definitely not a Hike .. go with another group please..and we return mostly the same way.. From the carpark there is short bush trail of 15 minutes..then a gravel road walk down to a big old reservoir/dam overlooking the Manakau Harbour for an hour.. Total is about 3 hours of walking plus extra time to stop and take in the views or a photograph .. and maybe time to learn about some trees and plants and birds along the way or simply take photographs.. This area was closed off to the general public for decades but its now a very special place for walking and a quick running place for locals to enjoy. This is a hidden gem tho for the Nature Lover who likes the idea of a surprise trip to see some waterfalls and an old dam.. Note - Please answer the RSVP question which is mostly about health and safety if you want to attend.. Thanks. 馃憤馃憤 Join us this Saturday for this Easy going Bush and Photographers Guided Walk with Stephen. Limited to 40 Feet First Members . Priority given to new members...No guests or smokers..please.. When - Saturday 15th September with a ready to walk time at 9am with a finish around 1pm and then we can have late lunch or a dessert treat at the nearby Elevation Cafe 5 minutes drive away. Note - Early Meet and Greet is 9 am.. as the Small popular carpark with locals is used for early morning runners.. so be sure you are on time or you cannot park your car on main road..Fills up fast in the weekends . - Starting through some beautiful native bush before joining a gravel road, this Event is especially for people who are new to Auckland or walking in nature..or anyone who likes a slower pace or to take pictures.. It's an easy 90 minute stroll down this old road. .. now the track.. to a big old reservoir/dam called Upper Nihotupu. On the way there are two epic waterfalls to stop by and marvel at ..and in summer this is a popular place for local children to see , and get wet... The historical old dam itself is very much worth the walk, standing at over 100ft tall, and storing over 530 million gallons of water, it used to supply Auckland with its local water..it makes for an impressive structure to photograph or just look at. We will walk to the base of the dam via an old tramline and then steeply climb the face of the dam up some old steps if they are open. For us later there are some great views overlooking the Manakau Harbour and out towards South Auckland. We then return the same way back to our cars via the old road.. which has some short uphill sections..so you do need to have strong legs and enjoy walking outdoors.. On our scale of difficulty this 3 hour mostly easy walk is a 2 out of 5. Come prepared for winter weather walking, strong shoes and a rain jacket...and bring your sense of adventure..some water and snacks for the day..and carry it all in a small backpack... Carpooling- Sort that out between each other and list your mobile number here. Suggest $10 to your driver or buy lunch after at Elevation Cafe nearby which has wonderfully awesome views ...and toilets after our walk.. Location - From Titirangi or Henderson..Follow Scenic Drive down from intersection with Piha road..Carpark is 5 mins from Elevation Cafe. Small carpark is bottom of hill on left . Slow down...There is a sign saying Upper Nihotupu Reservoir Carpark just before.... Please be on time ready to walk at 9am.. Catch us up along the track if Hope you enjoy this special beginners walking in nature event...So not suitable for fast paced members or anyone in a hurry.. Cheers Stephen F.

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    Upper Nihotupu Dam Car Park

    Piha RoadAuckland

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