- Walking in the Waitakere Ranges- Bush & Mystery Loop at Arataki - Easy- 4hr
Hi All .. Time for an easy going Sunday Feet First Guided Walking Adventure exploring the stunning scenery in Auckland's Waitakere Ranges starting and ending at the Arataki Visitor Centre on Scenic Drive. Hike is a loop track of around 4 hours, combining a few hills, stunning trees and some wide open tracks following an old pipeline..then back via the Beveridge Track to Arataki Information Centre..and maybe onwards to Elevation Cafe , ten minutes drive away.. We'll do a bit of tree and plant spotting, learning a few things along the way if you're interested.. This is an area I know really well, and so I hope you can join me and other Feet First members for a great Sunday walk. Tracks include the recently reopened Slip Track...which is the start of the Hillary Trail..Find out the rest, when you arrive..and some of the mystery aspects of this delightful location. ☘When - Sunday 18th August. ☘Meet and Greet is 10am with a finish around 2 and 3pm depending on weather and size of group. 🍀On our scale of difficulty, this is mostly a 2 out of 5. A good level of fitness is required..A few hills in some places, but the day starts off downhill.. 🍀🍀Where Meeting- Arataki Information Centre at 300 Scenic Drive. About 6km from Titirangi shops.. Lots of fun things to do.. 🍀🍀Carpooling- Transport. Organize this amongst yourselves prior to the event. List your mobile number and area where you live. Suggest you give your driver $10 . ☘🍀🌿 Afterwards, we can visit Elevation Cafe nearby for drinks, food and socializing.. Come prepared for winter walking. Good strong walking shoes will be ok. Nothing really difficult. Bring along your raincoat, grippy shoes and thermal clothes. Hiking poles do help some people.. Also, bring a torch for the mystery part of the day..or just use your mobile.. Easy graded tracks, so suitable for new members and others wanting a non difficult day of about 4 hours of walking, no stream crossings. Plus. .stopping lots to rest and take in the views, talk about a few trees and plants, and do a few minutes of mindfulness..more about this on the day.. Look forward to seeing you on Sunday.. Onwards and upwards..Spring is just around the corner .. Cheers Stephen French. Feet First Walking Group. Mob[masked]
- Karangahake Gorge Day Hike -6 hours- Medium Difficulty- Hot Pools After.
Update - RSVP are closed for this event. If you're a regular FF member and want to come along, please PM me. ☘🍀🌿🌳🌲🌵🍀 🛑🛑🛑Please answer the 2 RSVP Questions...If Not, your name will automatically be shifted to the Not Going list..This is for your safety and ours as this is a Not an Easy Bush Walk.. 😎This is also an all day Meet Up and you will not be home until 8pm. You must enjoy winter hiking conditions... 🛑🛑Preference will be given to Feet First Members attending both activities, the Hiking..and the Hot Pools. If your name is removed to the Not Going List that is why...This helps with carpooling and builds on the strong social interaction of our friendly group Feet First..Advance apologies for any misunderstandings.. 🌲🌳🌱🍀☘🌿🌾🌵 🛑Karangahake Gorge is at the end of Southern Coromandel and the start of the Kaimai Ranges. Thousands visit here over summer for the swimming opportunities and historic value. Two big rivers. All bridged. Tunnels to explore in the afternoon. Bring a torch. 🛑Our day hike starts half way between the rural towns of Paeroa and Waihi and is one of our all time favourite places for hiking and we walk several different routes here throughout the year. We'll be doing the longer loop route today, combining Scotmans Gully and Dubbo Tracks to begin with, which has a few challenges, so you need to enjoy winter hiking, and the afternoon is easier exploring the tunnels and walking beside the large Waitawheta River, which has lots of evidence of the old gold mining days in the late 1800's...then finally its back to cars via an old railroad tunnel that is 1km long... 🛑🛑Notes - You must have hiking experience. Carry winter clothes and have strong footwear... If you're not prepared on the day at the carpark we can't take you. There will be a gear check for new members I do not know. We will be stopping lots along the way to rest and take pictures, so not suitable for fast paced hikers or anyone in a hurry... this is what makes Feet First different from other groups... Please don't RSVP if you're not into slower walking adventures... 🛑When - Saturday 17th August 2019. 🛑Meet and Greet is now 10 am with a finish around 4pm. 🛑Driving time is about Two hours each way from the CBD.. Limited to about 35 Feet First Members. 🛑Hike will be followed by an optional visit to the nearby Miranda Hot Pools, an hour away... which are outside on the way home, and then dinner around 7pm... at the famous Kaiaua Fish and Chip Shop that has an indoor dining room. From there its about another hour's drive home. 🛑Carpark where we are meeting... is on River Road, over the first bridge on State Highway 2 to the right of the river. Next to the Karangahake Hall (not the main carpark further along road). 🛑No guests/smokers/kids/dogs/drones... 🛑How do I get there? CARPOOLING / SHARE A RIDE. Organise this amongst each other and leave your mobile number... put a note below when you RSVP and get on to this asap if you wish to go... Suggest you give $20 to your driver for the day away from Auckland which includes a visit to Hot pools and Kaiaua... is about a 5 hour return journey. 🛑What do I bring/wear - Bring your lunch, snacks and water for the day. Wear winter hiking clothes, wear a wool or thermal layer... strong hiking boots or running shoes... and a hiking pole does help some people. 🛑Carry everything in a small backpack... No shopping bags please... Bring a change of footwear and clothes for dinner and togs for hot pools. 🛑🛑Leave the denim jeans at home too, or to change into after the hike... As these make you cold when they get wet. 😁😁 Meanwhile, get yourself organised for a ride or put a note online for carpooling. This special event is a fantastic opportunity for photographers and overall is an incredible way to enjoy Feet First... a walking group that is about slowing down and looking around... and not just exercise... Happy Walking everyone... Any questions... contact me. Cheers Stephen F. Feet First Hiking Guide. Mob[masked]
- Karekare Beach - Bush and Coastal Mystery Hike
🛑RSVP are now closed for this popular event..If you're a regular FF member and want to come, please PM me... 🛑🌟🛑🌟🛑🌟🛑🌟 Please answer the RSVP question which determines your interest and participation. If you haven't hiked with us twice before, you cannot attend this special mystery walking event..🌳 Fancy a little bit of mystery and adventure guided winter hiking , for around 6 hours of mostly uphill and downhill walking, combining roads, tracks and some awesome viewing places along the coast between Karekare Beach and Piha? No wet feet, or walking through wetlands..Mostly hill country walking and exploring...and getting close to a few Kauri trees..and a Big waterfall.. 📣 Important Notice - You must have attended at least Two previous Feet First Events to be eligible for this special event. This restriction is not about your fitness or experience, more about building on the established friendships our regular members have created walking together this year...And that regular active members know about our differences on Feet First. Enjoy slowing down and looking around and learning about trees and plants and taking photos or mixing and socializing with your Feet First friends ? Then join us ...on this Feet First Mystery Hike led by Stephen coming up on Saturday 10th August. Meet and Greet is 9.30am at Karekare Beach Carpark on Karekare Road by the toilets. With a finish around 4pm. MOSTLY an easy medium difficulty hike, a few hills and some road bashing to begin with.... Limited to 40 Feet First Active and Regular Members who meet the RSVP requirements, And...who know what to wear, can follow directions etc, and know how to come along prepared for winter walking conditions and understand what makes this group unique..🌲🌳🌵🌴 Look forward to seeing you on the 10th at Karekare.. Cheers Stephen F. Mob[masked] Feet First Main Organizer.
- Tawharanui tree planting & free BBQ (last one this year)
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND... THE LAST PUBLIC TREE PLANTING AT TAWHARANUI FOR THE YEAR... This was a popular event last time - 5000 trees planted between 200 volunteers... 41 from Feet First, 150 general public incl families with children 😊😊 Join the large group of volunteers building our future forests by planting trees 🌱🌱🌱 Tawharanui RegionaI Park is a paradise of farmland, native forest rich in New Zealand birds, a long sandy beach popular with swimmers and surfers, plus walking trails with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and Kawau Island. https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/parks-recreation/Pages/park-details.aspx?Location=228 WHEN Sun 4th Aug, 9am-1pm LUNCH Morning only event 9-12pm then a free BBQ lunch 🍖🍞🍎 The afternoon is then yours to explore... OPTIONAL AFTERWARDS: 2.5hr group walk is planned (different from last time) exploring the wetlands, one uphill, scenic panoramas, beach & farmland 🐦 Or for those who are keen, Anchor Bay surf beach swim ❄ Or icecream at Charlie's in Matakana on the way home🍦 https://www.charliesgelato.co.nz/our-place GEAR Shoes suitable for muddy slopes (gumboots maybe?) 👟 Water bottle Raincoat-beanie-sunhat (depending on the weather 🌞) Garden gloves (if have them) however TOOLS ARE PROVIDED. Snack e.g. muesli bar? Bananas are usually provided. Camera (for scenic landscapes, pukekos, native birds and selfies)🌳🐦🐜🐚 👟 FOOTWEAR I recommend something for mud and dirt. A bag in the car to put these so car doesn't get muddy is a good idea. NO dogs, smokers, drones. CHILDREN are welcome to attend this public event - as Feet First prefers members only, please mssg me how many extra children you are bringing for BBQ numbers. CARPOOL Please organise this yourself by writing your phone No. in conversations below. Recommend $10 person / $40 carload. LOCATED 1 hour from Albany or 1 hr 15 mins from Auckland CBD. Driving on SH1 through Warkworth and Matakana 🚗 HEALTH & SAFETY Please take gear as suggested above. You are responsible for your own health & safety during this event. It's a little bit of hard work but very rewarding and hopefully the weather will be on our side 🌞 We look forward to seeing you. TanyaW[masked] and the Tawharanui volunteers🌳🐦🐍🐜
- Lake Wainamu- Easy Walk - Sand Dunes - Bush Walk & Photography Adventure
Come and join me and others from Feet First this Saturday ..the first weekend of August..for a nice and easy, laid back morning of walking about 5km on sand... and an official track around a big lake near Bethells Beach...and have some winter fun on some big sand dunes..see a waterfall and a small area of trees .. We loop around a big beautiful fresh water lake called Lake Wainamu, a few km from Bethells Beach out west of Auckland . 🛑PLEASE answer the RSVP question which determines your interest and participation. Thank you. 🛑On our scale of difficulty this is mostly a 2 out of 5 if you have a good level of fitness. We stop lots to rest.. About one hours drive west from Queen Street... Detailed Driving Directions are at the end of this description..Gps..224 Bethells Rd.. No guests, friends ( get them to join us so they know all the details of this event) No dogs, smokers, or anyone using a drone .😎 🛑When - Saturday 3rd August 🛑Meet and Greet - 9.30 am. Ready for Event . 🛑With a finish around 2pm. About 3 hours walking with extra for fun on the sand dunes.. 🛑🛑NOTE - This event isn't a hike , more of a Bush walk..or easy trek , So not suitable for fast paced members, or anyone who doesn't enjoy stopping often to rest, swim if you're keen or brave in the fresh water lake..or take photos.. 🛑🛑Where Meeting - Small Carpark on left just past one-laned wooden bridge, GPS is 224 Bethells Road. If this carpark is full, use the other one over the road, called the Te Henga Walkway Carpark . Look for green DOC sign . Bring along your usual winter weather clothing, as some rain is expected for the weekend.. Lots of FUN to be Had on this guided easy walk with Stephen. Carry everything like your lunch in a small backpack and wear shoes or sports sandals suitable for the sand or easy trail.. Please answer RSVP Question and update your intentions if they change. 🛑🛑 Transport - Sort this out with each other ..SOON..- Think about how you will get to Bethells Beach as there is no public transport , and if you need to carpool, organise a ride soon yourself ..., by asking for one on here ....,by putting a note on the message thread below or offering to take another member.., and listing your mobile number for others to contact you , or you, them ..etc asap. Suggest you give $10 to your driver. Check your driving directions and location before you leave. Don't rely on GPS. 🛑- Driving Directions : It takes about an hour to drive from Auckland City to Bethells Beach via the Western Motorway on Highway 16, turning off left at Lincoln Road then right at Pak n Save into Universal Drive...then keep straight. Follow road signs to Swanson then onto Scenic Drive. Turn right to Bethells Beach. Stop at Lake Wainamu one laned bridge..carpark is on left. Or overflow one is on your right... . Email or text me if you have questions or post a note on thread below for carpooling requirments. Cheers Stephen F. Mob[masked]
- North Shore . Shakespear Regional Park. Bird Sanctuary Visit
DUE TO POPULARITY RSVPS FOR THIS EVENT ARE NOW CLOSED. MORE EVENTS COMING UP SOON.. 🌴🌵🌳🌲🐀🍄🐹🐦 Hello Bird and Nature Lovers and Outdoor Photographers..and Mindfulness Enthusiasts.. Yes, this is a Special Feet First walking event..so be sure you read all the details..This is not your average hike... Join me and around 50 other Nature Lovers at Shakespear Regional Park on the North Shore at the end of Whangaparoa Peninsula on Saturday 27th July. Around 3 hours of walking with plenty of time to chat and take photos and practice some mindfulness.. Please answer the RSVP question which determines your interest and participation for this Special Walking in Nature Event..which is unsuitable for fast paced members.. or anyone not interested in slowing down and looking around.. 🌴🌲☘🌿🍁🌾🌻 Shakespeare Regional Park is a popular place in summer for thousands of Aucklanders to visit and enjoy its white sand beaches and stunning views across the sea in many directions... as well as walk the many trails over what was an old farm and includes a predator proof fenced off Bird Sanctuary. The sanctuary near the carpark has a small area of native bush including some of the oldest and largest trees of their type in the Auckland area particularly Puriri... And a small waterfall...If we're lucky, and quiet.. we'll be able to hear and see native birds such as tui, kereru and kakariki, bellbird and kaka, our native parrot that fly over from nearby Tiritiri Island occasionally .. IMPORTANT INFORMATION .. So we can see and hear these native birds inside the Sanctuary..THE FIRST HOUR AFTER INTRODUCTIONS WILL BE WITHOUT TALKING - You are welcome to take pictures..whilst being quiet..If not, please do not attend this special event..Or you will be asked to leave the group activities.. 🍁When: Saturday 27th July. 🍁 MEETING at 9.30am with a finish around 3pm.. 🍁Level of difficulty is mostly a 2 out of 5...Good solid tracks with a few hills up and over open farmland..and some beautiful beach walking..and maybe some rain or shine..and perhaps we will see a peacock or two.. 🍁Good for those Feet First members new to Auckland or who like outdoor photography and appreciate nature and walking at a slower pace... 🍁No children, drones or smokers or dogs please. Bring along your lunch, snacks raincoat and warm clothing for winter walking...Carry it all in a small backpack and wear strong shoes or boots..A hiking pole is useful for some people too . 🍁Swimming opportunities for the brave.. 🍁Lots of fun things to do and enjoy the spectacular coastal views , and the strong socializing aspects that this group Feet First attracts.. 🍁DRIVING DIRECTIONS: Shakespear Regional Park is approximately 50km or a 40 minutes' drive from downtown Auckland. Follow SH1 north to the Silverdale off ramp. Go through Silverdale, turn right on to Whangaparaoa Rd and follow the signs to the end of the peninsula. Meet in the Waterfall Gully car park which is opposite the Boat Ramp. Careful... it's hidden... DON'T go into the main entrance or drive to the beach car park or drive through the predator proof gate. Look for the entry to Waterfall Gully car park just before the Defence Area on the main road opposite the Boat Ramp on Whangaparoa ROAD. 🍁Cost: $2 Gold Coin or Donation to go toward Annual Website Fees . 🍁🌲🍀 Carpooling: Organise this amongst yourselves after you RSVP. List your request on the comment thread below with your mobile number. Give $15 to your driver. Be on time and check your pick up times allow you enough time to be at the car park. Regards, Stephen French Feet First Adventure Walking Guide. Mob[masked] .
- WESTMERE WALKWAY
Just a short walk today of a couple of hours or so following the stream that flows through the zoo to the sea. Includes bush reserves, boardwalks, mangroves and seaviews. Return walk will include Western Springs Lake and possible elephant sightings. Refreshments after for those that are interested. WHEN: 12.30 p.m. Sunday 21st July. MEETING PLACE: By Western Springs College Gates. GRADE: 1 out of 5 for regulars. PACE: Easy, no hurry as it's only a short walk. DISTANCE: About 6 km. WHAT TO BRING: Small pack if you wish to bring one, water if you think you need it. Footwear - trainers would be fine or light boots wet/muddy feet a possibility. WHO CAN COME: Members only, no guests, smoking, drones, children. See you there! Mike. [masked]
- Te Aroha- Wairongomai Valley- Butlers Incline - Hot Pools - Dinner at Austin's
Hi All . Updates - Dinner is confirmed at Austin's Cafe afterward at 6.30 pm onward...Thermal Hot Tubs are best pre-booked yourself in 30 minutes intervals see notes below. They close at 10pm and are close to dinner location. Read on for more hike details .. 🌱🌲🍁🍀☘🌿🌾🌵 Coming up on Saturday 13th July.. Feet First Visit to Te Aroha and Wairongomai Valley. Meet and Greet is 11am at the end of Wairongomai Rd.. with a finish around 4pm... Medium level of Hiking at the Wairongomai Valley and Butler's Incline just 15 minutes drive south of Te Aroha.....similar in gold mining history to K Gorge. You must enjoy short intervals of steep climbing in mostly good trails. ..and come prepared for winter weather walking..wearing thermal layers like wool or merino..plus strong grippy hiking shoes or boots... Plus optional visit afterwards to Te Aroha Private Mineral Spa Tubs or nearby public main hot pools.. Then join us for dinner from 6.30pm onwards in Te Aroha at AUSTIN'S CAFE- Best food in town, winter menu includes Roasts and Desserts, plus we get a private room out back and plenty of comfortable chairs ... ♦️Please answer the RSVP questions please which determines your interest and participation. We stop lots to take pictures and learn something about the history of the area, and social entertainment is a large part of the days activity... Wairongomai Valley and Butler's Incline Trail climbing up to around 500m approximately..offers some of the best views of the Southern Waikato area ...and the old gold mining area has left behind the old relics of the time 800 plus people lived in this valley, which included houses, a school, a few hotels, now it's all gone, .people from many countries used to live and work for the gold extraction company for 10 years..until it was abandoned..Now what's left behind are fantastic walking trails and lots of fun things to see and do.. About 5 hours of Medium Level of fitness walking ability.. Then afterwards..Visit the nearby hot pools or private hot tubs..then join us for dinner in Te Aroha at Austin's Cafe from 6.30 pm onwards ..a firm favourite for delicious hot food and drinks and we get well looked after.. Or simply..Go home happy to Auckland or stay overnight. Book a cabin at Te Aroha Holiday Park or a local Airbnb in the country.. https://www.hamiltonwaikato.com/experiences/walking-hiking-trails/waiorongomai-valley-te-aroha/ Te Aroha and Wairongomai Valley has been a popular place for us to walk in previous years..similar to Karangahake Gorge, ...it has something for everyone...plus a very nice drive there and back of around 2 hours each way from the CBD.. A mostly easy medium level of difficulty, it won't bother active people who walk most weekends..There are some hills throughout the day, however most are on well formed trails and lots of people visit this area mostly in summer...even active children. With lots of beautiful trees and Bush...old gold mines, tunnels, and great trails and a river nearby for swimming after the hike in summer when we return again... Absolutely enjoyable views and awesome landscape photography vistas all day. I've made an after hike group booking for us at Austin's Cafe in Te Aroha. http://www.austinsbarandbistro.co.nz/ When - Saturday 13th July. Where - Wairongomai Valley - Te Aroha.. Located in the Kaimai and Mamaku Ranges south of the Coromandel Ranges.. What - FEET FIRST Adventures in Nature. Timing - Meet and Greet time is 11am at Wairongomai Valley..just 15mins drive from Te Aroha. OPEN to all Feet First members..however it's a long day with a 2 hour drive each way and about 5 hours hiking.. Perhaps consider staying overnight and traveling home to Auckland on Sunday. Other local hikes in the area for Sunday late morning is a visit to Waiere Waterfalls. The largest in the North Island.. More about this for those members staying overnight on the weekend.. Limited to about 50 Members. No guests or Smokers..Drones or Dogs or children.. On a scale of difficulty it's a 3 out of 5..Won't bother regular active members that like walking up a few hills. Good strong legs are needed for this hike ...and a hiking pole is very helpful !! However we do stop lots to rest to take in the views and talk about some trees and plants etc. Bring along your winter clothes, thermal wool layers and grippy shoes or boots..lunch, snacks and water for the day. Carpooling - Transportation. Organise this amongst each other prior to the Event asap .Suggest $30 return for carpooling fee. Its realistic to ask for donations, but if you're carrying 2 or 3 people..divide up the costs of the petrol and divide it amongst your passengers...Or discuss with your driver..As your leader I'd prefer not to get involved. List your mobile number please and area where you live. Location GPS - Wairongomai Road. Te Aroha West. 3391 Te Aroha Mountain Gold Mining Walking Tracks Waiorongomai Rd, Te Aroha West 3391 https://goo.gl/maps/kpUHEzEjfQU2 More updates soon when members decide whether to go etc. Get active now and organize your carpooling..list your mobile number. More details coming up.. Happy Adventures Everyone.. Cheers Stephen F. Mob[masked]
- HUIA - TWO DAMS WALK.
For those not heading out of Auckland on Saturday....we will head out to Huia and walk from the lower Hiua Dam to the upper Huia Dam. A fairly easy walk with a few short hills, good for newbies. Great views of the bush, lakes and walk through the tunnel. Currently a good chance of sighting wild pigs in this area. Afterwards a visit to the world famous Huia Food Store. WHEN: Saturday 13 July 10 a.m. WHERE: Huia Dam Road (Turn right after you cross the one lane bridge). MEET & GREET: Car park on Huia Dam Rd by the gate. COST: Gold coin donation for site costs etc. WHO CAN COME: Members only, if you wish to bring a friend get them to join us. NO animals, children, smoking, music. DISTANCE: Approx. 12 km PACE: Our easy going pace enjoying & exploring our surroundings. If you are looking for a fast paced workout this is not for you. GRADE: 2 out of 5. WEATHER: Currently a few showers mainly in the morning. WHAT TO BRING: Usual gear, pack with food and water. Trainers should be ok mostly we are walking on an old metaled service road. Layers of merino or similar and a rain coat - it's winter! See you there :) Mike. [masked]
- Tawharanui tree planting & free BBQ (optional bush or beach walk after)
Join the large group of volunteers building our future forests with a morning of tree planting. They have 15,000 seedlings to plant over the whole winter season 🌱🌱🌱 Tawharanui RegionaI Park, once farmland, is a paradise of beautiful native forest, rich in New Zealand birds, a long sandy beach popular with swimmers and surfers, plus walking trails with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and Kawau Island. https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/parks-recreation/Pages/park-details.aspx?Location=228 WHEN Sunday 7 July LUNCH Morning only event 9-12:30pm then a delicious (free) BBQ lunch 🍖🍞🍎 The afternoon is then yours to explore... or go home. OPTIONAL AFTERWARDS 1-2hr bush walk through Ecology bush to see/hear native birds 🐦 Or for those who are keen, Anchor Bay surf beach swim ❄ And there's always icecream at Charlie's in Matakana on the way home🍦 https://www.charliesgelato.co.nz/our-place GEAR Shoes suitable for muddy slopes (gumboots if you have them) 👟 Raincoat/beanie/sunhat depending on the weather 🌞 Garden gloves (if have them, however you don't need tools) Water bottle Snack e.g. muesli bar Camera (for scenic landscapes, pukekos, native birds and selfies)🌳🐦🐜🐚 NO dogs, smokers, drones. CHILDREN are welcome to attend this event - due to Feet First members only rule, please text/PM me how many children you are bringing. CARPOOL Please organise this yourself by writing your phone No. in conversations below. Recommend $10 person / $40 carload. LOCATED 1 hour from Albany or 1 hr 15 mins from Auckland CBD. Driving on SH1 through Warkworth and Matakana 🚗 HEALTH & SAFETY Please take gear as suggested above. You are responsible for your own health & safety during this event. It's a little bit of hard work but very rewarding and hopefully the weather will be on our side 🌞 We look forward to seeing you. TanyaW[masked] and the TOSSI team (Tawharanui Open Sanctuary Society Inc) 🌳🐦🐍🐜