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Take a look below at the awesome events taking place during Get Outdoors Week 2020!
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PT in the Park
Pt in the Park is a FREE group training session that takes place every Saturday from 9-10am in North Hagley Park.
Run by qualified trainers, there's a range of exercises to suit everyone, of every ability.
There's no need to book, just come along. Or for more info check out ptinthepark.nz
See you on Saturday
Shift Wairarapa Get Outdoors Week
Three of our Just Shift It and Shift Your Mind groups have co-designed spots around the Wairarapa where the young women want to go explore. We have Rewanui Forest, Kaituna, and Mt. Holdsworth.
HIKE: Wellington Get Outdoors Week at Polhill Reserve
Spaces are limited to 30.
In celebration of Get Outdoors Week (#GOWeek), Pinoy Adventurers NZ is coming back to Wellington. Get Outdoors Week is about safely and easily exploring New Zealand's great outdoors. If you've always wanted to give it a go but didn't know where to start, then this hike is for you!
The plan is to meet outside Aro Café, maybe grab coffee whilst waiting for the rest to arrive. We will then walk for about 8 minutes to the track start and do a loop walk at Polhill Reserve. The loop will take us about 2 hours and is suitable to beginners with no experience but with average fitness.
Description & direction:
This loop walk starts at the small grassed area on Aro Street just before Holloway Road. Look for the Polhill Reserve sign. Towards the rear of the grassed area, we will see a sign pointing to the Transient track. We will take this track uphill through the regenerating native bush. We will come to an open grassed area near a power pylon. We then carry on uphill and will see another sign pointing us further up the hill.
We are now walking through an open area. We will come to a junction with a sign that says Transient; we will go straight ahead into the bush following directions to Brooklyn Wind Turbine.
We will walk over a bridge and two boardwalks and come out of the bush to a view of the harbour.
We then continue uphill. We will walk past along flight of steps and then past one more intersection before we come to the intersection with the Highbury Fling Track. We follow the Highbury Fling to the sanctuary fence line. We will walk through the bush, with a few openings to see the city and harbour.
Keep an eye out for the native birds, including tīeke, toutouwai, hihi and kākā. When we come to the Zealandia / Karori Sanctuary fence line, we will turn right and head down the dirt road to George Denton Park Play Area. Walk across the park to where a track will take you downhill through the bush and out to Holloway Road. Turn left and walk back to Aro Street and to Aro Café where we started. We can grab some lunch at the café before heading home.
Distance: about 7.3km loop
Duration: about 2 hours including photo stops + short break
Difficulty: Easy walking track, suitable for people with good fitness and abilities. We'll walk at a moderate pace that is comfortable for the middle of the group, with stops at points of interest along the way.
Weather: will be updated closer to the time
- Meet outside Aro Cafe, 90 Aro Street, Aro Valley, Wellington 6021
- Google map: https://goo.gl/maps/a8ubqADiubvcrwhZA
- Carpooling: Carpooling is encouraged + good for the environment
- If you need a ride or can offer ride, please post a comment on this invite and arrange with each other directly. Please offer $15 to their driver for fuel share.
- Please avoid dirtying your carpool’s car by changing into clean footwear and clothes before getting in the car
10:00 – Good time to arrive outside Aro Cafe, 90 Aro Street
10:15 – Latest time to arrive, introductions
10: 30 – Walk to the track start
13:00 – Approx end of hike/lunch
Note – 10:15 am is the latest time to arrive outside Aro Cafe. We will start the hike on time and are unlikely to wait for late people. Arriving early is good.
Map and description from Wellington.govt.nz: https://wellington.govt.nz/recreation/enjoy-the-outdoors/walks-and-walkways/across-the-city/polhill-reserve-loop
- personal First Aid Kit and medication
- drink (at least 2L) & snacks
- clothing suitable for Wellington Spring– NO COTTON, NO JEANS please
- footwear suitable for walking tracks, trainers are fine if it hasn't been raining
- sunnies, hat, sunblock
- rain protection (even on a sunny day)
- plastic bags for dirty footwear
- extra clothing and footwear for after hike especially if carpooling
- map of hike route: https://wellington.govt.nz/~/media/have-your-say/public-input/files/consultations/2016/12-polhill/polhill-reserve-map.pdf
- cash ($15 if carpool passenger)
- heaps of positivity and fun!
• Safety is your responsibility and be a tidy Kiwi-Pinoy!
• Pinoy Adventurers NZ and/or the organisers work voluntarily and hold NO responsibility or liability for any injury or loss suffered during the events organised. By RSVP'ing to events, you are acknowledging that you are a legal adult and have read event details thoroughly and are comfortable acknowledging that being outdoors involves inherent risk and the organisers are not liable for the same.
Annual Dog Walk at the Sculpture Park
Once a year we open the park to dogs and their companions for a chance to enjoy the 2km art-in-nature walk www.sculpturepark.co.nz
Outdoors Treasure Hunt
Go on a treasure hunt with Whenua Iti Outdoors and you could win a Whenua Iti Macpac pack for your next adventure.
We have hidden 3 caches around some of our favourite outdoors spots in the Motueka area that can be accessed by families so you can go on and explore the outdoors on a treasure hunt. We will give you the location, clues & grid coordinates to help you find them.
How to enter:
1. Find one of the caches
2. Copy the code you find in the cache.
3. Email us with the codes you find to go in the draw.
Each code gets you one entry, so find all 3 and you get 3 entries in the draw!
The clues will be posted on our website for the duration of Go Week, starting Saturday morning.
Have fun treasure hunting!
OUSA: Tunnel Beach
Friday 10:30am - 1:30pm
1 session starting 20th November 2020
Ending 20th November 2020
Bring A warm jacket, water bottle, and snacks.
Tunnel Beach at Blackhead. Meet at OUSA Clubs & Socs, 84 Albany Street, for van transport to St Clair Golf Club.
OUSA: Moeraki Boulders
Thursday 10:00am - 3:30pm
1 session starting 19th November 2020
Ending 19th November 2020
Bring A warm jacket, water bottle, and lunch. Snacks provided.
Approx 1 hour van trip each way. Meet at OUSA Clubs & Socs, 84 Albany Street, for van transport to Moeraki.
OUSA: Golf 101
Tuesday 1:15pm - 4pm
1 session starting 17th November 2020
Ending 17th November 2020
Bring Warm clothing, water bottle, snacks. All golf equipment provided. Session includes driving range, lesson with Patrick Moore 'AAA' NZPGA Professional, and 2 holes of golf.
Meet at OUSA Clubs & Socs, 84 Albany Street, for van transport to St Clair Golf Club.
OUSA: Pineapple Track and Flagstaff Adventure
Monday 10:00am - 2:30pm
1 session starting 16th November 2020
Ending 16th November 2020
Bring A warm jacket, water bottle, and lunch. Snacks provided.
Approx 7km return walk, allowing 3.5 hours. Meet at OUSA Clubs & Socs at start time, OUSA van will transport you.
Win a picnic for your trail building group
Get Outdoors Week is a national campaign that encourages Kiwis to get out and explore the great outdoors.
To celebrate we want to reward some of the people who give Kiwis the chance to enjoy the outdoors. Send us an email about the great work you are doing creating outdoor access for people. Building trails, maintaining tracks, designing walkways or bike tracks. Whether you’re battling tree roots with a spade or battling for easements in a lawyer’s office your hard work allows New Zealanders to experience the outdoors.
To enter simply write a few sentences, take a photo or two, or send us a short 60-second video from your phone. We’ll publish some of the best entries on our website and social media. Our favourite entry will win the prize – we'll shout you and your group a morning tea or lunch to thank you for your great work.
Enter at email@example.com
Pukeiti Garden and Bush Walk
Connect with nature and join us on a guided garden and bush walk! We will explore the flora and fauna of Pukeiti and discover new rainforest tracks. Moderate fitness and suitable shoes are required and this is not recommended for small children.
Northland Waste Kerikeri Half Marathon
This Half Marathon is an iconic feature on the Northland events calendar. Starting in Okaihau the 21.1km course makes its way through a rolling country side to finish in the centre of town at the Kerikeri Domain.
The race is largely downhill, so good for a PB, and perfect if you're new to running and ready to step up from a 5k or 10k to your first half.
Have a go at dragon boating
Open Day - for all whanau, friends and potential new team members.
All safety equipment and paddles supplied. Wear warm layers of sports clothes (you may get wet).
Warm-up and prep at 9am to go on the water at 9.30am.
Please register if you want to come along - email or message us please.
Love to have you onboard. Everyone welcome.
We have two great teams in our Club - CanSurvive (competitive breast cancer survivors) & Can 2 (supporters and survivors who love paddling)
Come and join us on the water and experience for yourself why we love this sport.
Mountain Dog Challenge
Hey there! Have you heard about the Further Faster Mountain Dog Challenge? It is self paced and you can start and finish ant time you like.
You get to climb to the summit of 10 different peaks in Canterbury with your very best friend (We even have a Greater Wellington version… and more to come soon!).
There is nothing more we love than seeing adventure folks like you having great adventures, and are stoked that you want to join us on this one!
Once you have finished all 10 peaks you get a FREE dog bandana to show off to all your dog buddies. There are other great things too, but I dont want to give it all away now...
Sign up now on our website and get the deets straight to your inbox! Badger and I have done it, and so have a bunch of our mates.
You can sign up on our website to learn all about it.
See you on the summit soon,
Julz, Badger and the Further Faster Crew xx
Further Faster Womens Run/Jog/Hike Group
COME JOIN US! EACH FORTNIGHT, A BUNCH OF INCREDIBLE WOMEN GET TOGETHER FOR A SOCIAL RUN/JOG IN THE PORT HILLS OF CHRISTCHURCH. SENKA FROM ADVENTURE GIRLS IS ONE OF THIS MOTLEY CREW ASWELL!
NO ONE IS LEFT BEHIND, YOU CAN GO AS FAST OR AS CRUISEY AS YOU LIKE.
IT IS A GREAT WAY TO MEET OTHER LOCAL GIRLS WHO LOVE ADVENTURE AND A SAFE WAY TO GET YOUR TRAIL FIX IN THE DARK.
SIGN UP ON OUR WEBSITE TO LEARN MORE!
Get Outdoors Week Hike at Waitawa Regional Park by Pinoy Adventurers NZ
In celebration of the Get Outdoors (GO) Week #GOWeekNZ, Pinoy Adventurers NZ is going back to the scenic Waitawa Regional Park at Kawakawa Bay, Auckland. Our aim is to get as many kabayan or Filipinos out there on this day.
Location: 1168 Clevedon-Kawakawa Road, Kawakawa Bay, Auckland 2585
Duration: about 4 hours (including breaks/lunch)
Distance: about 10km
Speed: Moderate pace
We will do a loop track, Pūweto, that follows Waitawa Bay Track onto Pāwhetau Pā Track crossing the park road at the main entrance and joining Farm Track to go up the open ridge-line, with views across neighbouring farmland and down between tall eucalyptus trees to a picnic area with toilets. It then joins Valley Track to take in the wetland area before rejoining the Farm Track up and along the ridgeline to join back onto Waitawa Bay Track for the final descent to Mātaitai Bay.
There are flush toilets at Mataitai Bay and 2 or 3 long drop toilets on hike route.
Difficulty: 2 on our 1-5 scale (average)
• Inland sections are mostly easier than average, mainly on farm tracks
• There is a fair amount of up and down hill climbing but max elevation is less than 100m
• Some farm tracks can be wet and muddy if it has been raining.
Meeting Places & Carpooling:
• Mataitai Bay carpark, north end of unnamed road inside Waitawa Regional Park is where we meet for start of hike. We will gather on grassy area between toilet block and beach, between the 2 car parks. See exact location on satellite map: https://goo.gl/maps/LqEnKcQKEPr (you can zoom out for wider satellite view of park).
09:30 – Good time to arrive at Mataitai Bay carpark, get ready
09:45 – Introductions & briefing
10:00 – Start hike (4 hours)
14:00 – Approx end hike
Track Map: https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/parkmaps/map-waitawa-regional-park.pdf
• Packed lunch, snacks and drink
• Footwear suitable for hiking, trainers are fine if it had not been raining
• Clothing suitable for Auckland spring
• Rain & wind protection
• Sun protection – we will be fully exposed so bring a hat, sunblock, sunnies
• Bag for wet and dirty footwear & clothing
• Additional clean clothing & footwear to change into after hike esp if carpooling
• First-aid items (at least for cuts, scratches & blisters)
Note: Bring antihistamines if allergic to grass and/or epipens if allergic to bee stings
• Cash if carpool passenger – suggest giving your driver $15
• Optional: walking poles (very useful for walking uphill)
• Optional: copy of hike route map (on paper or mobile device)
Weather Forecast: To early to say
• Safety is your responsibility
• Be a tidy kiwi
CK JUNK PLAY - LOOSE PARTS FUN
The Conscious Kids Social Enterprise is inviting tamariki to a 100% play-in-nature programme. Nature play free has proven physical, emotional and social health benefits. Our supervised programme allows kids to lead their own activities - mudslides, tree climbing, puddle splashing, hammock and hut building etc. Apart from the obvious safety restrictions and respect framework, there are few instructions for kids. Our number 1 'rule' is to have fun! Such child-led play enhances creativity, problem-solving, communication (including listening!), collaboration and many other 21st century skills.
Within our outdoor philosophy, we have our fantastic Junk Play Loose parts Programme, which aims to children aged 3-12 in partnership with local Recycling Centres in the Auckland region, and has the main goal to educate and engage the children and their families around the use of ‘large loose parts’, e-waste and building materials for learning. Junk Play exists to counter the ‘throw-away’ trends, repurposing junk (a.k.a. Loose parts) into resources for creative play and promoting a cultural shift towards reducing, reuse, recycle.
Lights out: Dark Skies Down Under
Join Greater Wellington at the Wainuiomata Recreation Area for this FREE event to get a close-up look at the galaxy. It's a unique chance to explore our Southern Skies, looking for Jupiter, Saturn and the Moon through powerful optical telescopes with Wellington Astronomical Society guiding you through the journey.
Light pollution in the city washes out our view of the space, and only the brightest stars pierce the glow. Wainuiomata Recreational Area might be one of the most peaceful spots in the region, yet it has one of the busiest dark skies in the universe, making it a perfect location for stargazing.
Start the night off by checking out the moon. There will be a half moon in the sky, this is the best time to do a visual observing of the moon! After 9pm it will be dark enough to observe the planets.
Meet us at the carpark and the bus will take you to the ranger’s office for the welcoming hot drinks & biscuits. A bus will continuously loop between the carpark and the ranger’s hut so show up anytime between 8.30 – 10.00pm to take advantage of this.
Please bring sturdy walking shoes/boots and waterproof jacket in case of wet weather.
You can also bring you camera and tripod if you want to learn some basics of the dark sky shooting.
Getting there: https://goo.gl/maps/R3Mr3xXaiVf3PcdF8
This is a bookable event, please register by clicking here - https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2020/lights-out-dark-skies-down-under/lower-hutt?fbclid=IwAR3lJHQCIASaLMgjlsKzd492niWWDf99NnKZNNfQw1sNMfz5T9tZkEFkfMs
To ensure we can keep you inform on any updates on this event including cancelation due weather, we encourage that a mobile number is provided upon ticketing. We will also keep Facebook updated with any changes.
In this unique Wānanga participants will experience the incredible potential of Atua Matua as a framework to enhance the recreation and outdoor education opportunities for their communities.
Discover how the health of our people and places can begin with connections to the environment. Join us for a life-changing journey into Te Ao Māori and te reo - the world will never look the same to you again.
The 2020 Atua Matua experience is taking place at 3 locations over a 5-month period in different realms of the natural world, each location encompasses a two-day programme with overnight accommodation including all meals and activity costs.
Next event: Tāhuna/Queenstown, 16-19 November 2020, voyaging on waka through Piopiotahi/Milford Sound and running the Routeburn Track
5km free walk or run
Ride the Wilderness
Ride the Wilderness is a mountain bike event on Saturday 14 November, taking place on the West Coast Wilderness Trail, giving riders the chance to experience the beauty of the Coast. This Grade 2 (easy) Great Ride and has everything from pristine lakes, rivers, creeks, boardwalk, singletrack, historic bridges, forestry, wetlands, reservoirs, water races, all backdropped by the majestic Southern Alps. You name it, it’s got it all!
This is a wonderful opportunity to race this world-class cycle trail.
Ride the Wilderness is made up of four magnificent events, all in one day:
1. The Epic – Ross to Greymouth (126km)
2. The Challenge – Hokitika to Greymouth (95km)
3. The Classic – Cowboy Paradise to Greymouth (59km)
4. The Cruise – Kumara to Greymouth (21km)
Hamilton Lake parkrun
Free, timed 5km run or walk.
LEARNZ "Get outdoors safely: with maps!" online field trip for schools
Go virtually to Wellington to find out how location-based technology works and how it helps you find your way in the city or the bush. Learn how maps and GPS can be used to plan your trip and help keep you safe, if something should go wrong. During the field trip you will: see smart technologies in use while driving on the road network, locate the LEARNZ team each day of the field trip, find your location using GPS on a mobile phone, plan a trip in the outdoors with help from people at Mountain Safety Council, go to the Rescue Coordination Centre NZ (RCCNZ) and see how it operates, meet people from NZ Police Search and Rescue (SAR) and find out what they do to help those who run into trouble in the outdoors. Follow the fieldtrip on social media and online - see Shelley's tweets on twitter, follow the hashtag #learnztrips on Instagram, visit the LEARNZ field trip website.
Join us for the Wellington Walk event!
Get Outdoors Week is a national campaign that encourages Kiwis to get out and explore the great outdoors, safely. It’s the perfect opportunity to take the family on a local adventure and explore the natural wonders that Aotearoa has to offer.
There are heaps of opportunities for you to take part across all sectors of the recreation industry and all regions of Aotearoa. We're getting our Wellington-based staff and members together for a walk through one of our Green Flag Award winning parks; Otari-Wilton's Bush.
DATE - Wednesday 18 November 2020
TIME - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
PLACE - Otari-Wilton's Bush, 150 Wilton Road, Wilton, Wellington 6012
We'll meet at the information centre/Te Marae O Tane at 1:00pm and take on a couple of tracks, something a bit easier and something with steeper sections. Let us know if you plan to join us by RSVPing to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Molesworth Run
The Molesworth Run is an ultra running event, starting at the Molesworth Cottage and finishing in Hanmer Springs. The distance of 84 km can be run solo, in a team of 2 or in a team of 4 people. This year's run is the 25th Anniversary of this event.
The Molesworth Road meanders through very picturesque, isolated, remote high country. Some of the course is at 1000m altitude. The weather can vary from freezing cold with sleet to a hot 28+ degrees.
Start of the run is at 8 am and cut-off time is 6 pm. The friendly rivalry between the teams is an extra attraction. There are prizes for winners and place getters.
All details can be found on the website: www.molesworthrun.com
Men's Group Overnight In the Wilderness
Sharing the stories around the campfire with an open and diverse group of local men 17+ who feel need to connect with self, group, mountains, river, night silence in the forest. Happy to have 14+ guys accompanied by father/grandfather/caregiver.
We meet every third Saturday of the month during the afternoon, walk about 20 minutes from our cars to the campsite, build our tents (if needed), make a fire (have current fire permit), share our stories, kai, maybe some music, experiences, swim in the river, sleep under the stars...
You can participate actively or just be present silently, with no pressure at all. Bring some food to share with others, warm clothes, sleeping bag and equipment for overnight staying in the forest, torch, maybe drum or any instrument.
Register by writing to email@example.com to get more details about the event. It is happening in any weather conditions! ..but let's keep the vision of generous weather.
Optional Koha contribution.
Facilitated by experienced leaders but the aim is to co-create more than facilitate.
No alcohol, no drugs! Come with a clear mind, please.
There is also monthly indoor version gathering every first Thursday of the month at Carterton Community Courthouse (Holloway St), 7-9 PM.
More info at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whangarei Garden Discovery 2020
Whangarei Garden Discovery 2020 - Art in Gardens Tour
November 21st & 22nd
This year we bring you 16 gardens to explore over two days. Taking you from Kauri and Tikipunga, back through Kamo and town then out towards Maunu and Mangakahia Road. Weave your way from one end of town to the other, enjoying the different designs and styles that our wonderful home gardeners have lovingly carved into their backyards.
There is something on this tour for everyone. Large country gardens, vast lakes surrounded in lush plantings - to small urban gardens showcasing clever space saving techniques such as espaliering and layering plants to give height and dimension to their space. We have thrown in another element of interest by inviting local artists to exhibit their works in some of the gardens.
We are very thankful to all of the Gardeners for generously offering to participate in our tour, especially given the challenging circumstances we have all faced this year. All funds raised are going towards the Whangarei Quarry Gardens flood relief fund. Thank you for supporting our community event!
Tickets $30 available from Whangarei Quarry Gardens and Mitre 10 Mega Whangarei
The WAI running Festival
The inaugural WAI running festival is a new 3 day event in the Wairarapa. The event includes the WAI2K Ultra Marathon, The WAITRI kids Tri event, and the WAINOT Family fun day.
Banks Peninsula Walking Festival
Tickets are now available for this year's Banks Peninsula Walking Festival. Get off the beaten track, explore parts of the Peninsula not usually open to the public, visit local reserves and appreciate projects in progress. Our local guides will lead, inform and inspire you along the way!
Flaxmere parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed events every Saturday at 8am at Flaxmere Park, Hastings, New Zealand. There's no time pressure. You can walk, jog, or run the course at your own pace with your littlies in prams and dogs on a short leash if you have either. parkrun is for everyone from the youngest to the oldest and in between. Register once for free at http://parkrun.co/nz/register to get your free barcode then join us every Saturday.
Kiwi Sprocket Rocket Training Programme - Learn Bike Skills
Hamilton BMX Club offers training to our members & also invites new riders (non members) to participate in 3 training sessions before joining the club to learn new skills & see if BMX is your new family sport! Pedal bikes only! A exciting training programme to learn new skills, enjoy BMX as a sport & build confidence.
Runs on Monday nights from 5.30pm to 6.30pm for all ages & skill levels on pedal bikes only! Cost $2 per session.
Due to our current alert level 2, we can only have a maximum of 100 at any one time at an event, includes riders, volunteers, parents, spectators...
No hire available (no bikes, helmets, gloves).
Bring your own drinks, snacks etc.
Use QR code tracing app or complete attendance form.
Follow current requirements - distancing, hygiene.
Hand washing available inside club rooms.
Hand sanitiser will be readily available.
If you are unwell please do not attend.
Also to eliminate lining up to register, please register online:
Options for non members/new riders:
Non Members (new riders) via our website under 'online registrations' - use the online shopping cart to add rider attending or family & purchase online. Either do a bank transfer of amount due or the club will invoice you at the end of the month. Please ensure you add in the notes - date attending, name & age of rider registering & anyone else attending eg. parent...
Bike & Helmet hire available $2 per item.
Riders must be fully covered eg long pants, long sleeve top, covered shoes (we have gloves).
So if you want to try a new sport, give BMX a go enjoy learning new bike skills with our experienced riders/coaches in a controlled learning environment.
Any queries please email the club: email@example.com.