Footsteps

Hello Greypower Members

 
I am a 70-year old who lives in Tauranga. I operate a non-profit walking club called Footsteps which specialises in one-week, small-group, day-walk packages for seniors.  These packages are scattered across 20 regions of New Zealand, and occasionally overseas.
 
We are not a commercial venture, but simply a recreational club which offers a service, and therefore costs are kept to a minimum.
 
I have attached some information about us. I would really appreciate your help in making people aware of this service.
 
We are hoping to have a website in place in the near future. 
 
Many thanks!
 
Phillip Donnell
Footsteps Walking Club of Aotearoa New Zealand
 
 

FOOTSTEPS WALKING CLUB of AOTEAROA / NEW ZEALAND

the best daywalks in 20 regions

 

ABOUT FOOTSTEPS

Footsteps exists to facilitate the best day-walks in twenty regional segments of NZ.

In future, this will probably extend to overseas walking trips, usually during the northern hemisphere summer.

Footsteps is not a commercial enterprise. It is a club, and operates much the same as any other outdoor club. The difference is that it has a national constituency. Participants on trips become members for the duration of their trip. It is simply a mechanism which enables groups of friends to gather informally in order to enjoy walking activities.
Footsteps does not have a constitution but operates according to pre-determined guidelines (see below).
Footsteps operates on a no frills, share-the-cost, not-for-profit basis. Any monies in excess of requirements are donated to charity.
Footsteps is led and operated by Phillip Donnell, who has had more than 50 years walking and hiking experience. He has led hundreds of walking excursions in NZ and overseas under the auspices of his tramping club and FMC NZ, or with friends.
Footsteps invites everyone who participates in a trip to become a “Friend of Footsteps” and thereby receive ongoing information if they so wish.

 

ABOUT OUR TRIPS

Each trip in New Zealand is one week in duration, but trips are often chronologically consecutive and geographically contiguous, so it is possible to undertake a series of them one after the other (see schedule on next page).
Ten regional trips are offered per year, five in the North Island and five in the South Island. Our schedule covers the entire country every two years.
Our regional trips are concentrated in the warmer months which afford the best chance of favourable weather. We avoid the frantic end-of-year/Christmas period and the busyness/high prices of the school holidays. Some trips are timed to coincide withautumn colours or minimal snow.
The maximum number of participants on any trip is ten. The minimum is six.

Note: some trips may proceed with 4 or 5 people by agreement, but with a higher per person cost.

Registrations for each trip close two months before the starting date.
Final payments must be made one month before the trip is due to begin.
Participants find their own way from their home to the designated starting point of a trip, and from the designated finishing point back to their home. These points are all accessible by plane or train. Sometimes transport is made available at low cost.
Our trips involve walking, not hiking. They do not require serious backcountry equipment. Each person brings a day-pack with limited gear and a small amount of food and drink to last just a few hours. No alcohol may be carried on walks. Walks are also smoke-free and drug-free..
We walk at a pace that permits us to fully appreciate our surroundings. We may therefore attempt only a section of longer trail.
Our walks can be undertaken by anyone of average fitness or better.
The length of walks varies from 5 minutes to several hours. Each day will offer the choice of shorter walks and longer walks. There is a lot of choice and flexibility so that we can adjust to the conditions from day to day. Except for trips that require pre-booking, the agenda is decided by group consensus ahead of time. Sometimes the group may split to make walks more logistically practical and/or to save time.
Walks are offered each day but the programme may be altered to suit the weather conditions or unexpected circumstances. You can do as little or as much as you wish each day. On any given day you can finish early or opt out completely to “do your own thing.”

Trip fees cover van transport, cabin/motel/rental house accommodation, breakfasts, farewell dinner subsidy, administration, information, guiding and a possible “gift of appreciation” for the leader. One-week trips usually cost $950pp (North Island) or 1000pp (South Island) for 6 or more participants. If 5 persons $1100pp (N.Is) and $1200pp (S.Is). If 4 persons $1150pp (N.Is) and $1250pp (S.Is).

This amount is paid one month before the trip begins. The trip leader’s expenses are factored into these costs.
Footsteps reserves the right to cancel trips. If a trip is cancelled for whatever reason, refunds are given less any non-refundable costs already incurred.
Footsteps reserves the right to exclude a person from a trip or walk for appropriate reasons (e.g. inadequate fitness, disruptive, drunk).
Except for breakfast (continental style), which is provided, trips are self-catering so that you can enjoy the food and drink that you prefer, dining in or eating out. We only utilise accommodation which has kitchen facilities. Opportunities for supermarket shopping are included. Participants are welcome to work together in this aspect. The farewell dinner is subsidised.
Participants provide their own clothing and equipment, including day-packs, walking poles, rainwear, and footwear. Footsteps provides PLBs and First Aid kits.
Footsteps fully adheres to the Privacy Act and the Health and Safety Act.  We collect only the information needed for participation in our activities, and all activities undergo a thorough risk assessment/risk management process. However, everyone participates entirely at their own risk, and must sign a waiver to that effect.

For further information

please contact us:

footstepsanz@gmail.com

021 172 3244 / 07 544 9509

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Castle Hill, Canterbury

 

FOOTSTEPS WALKING CLUB of AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND

the best day-walks in each region

 

SCHEDULE OF TRIPS 2021-2022

Full details of each trip are available upon enquiry

REGION

DATES

STARTING POINT

FINISHING POINT

2021

Northland

7-13 November

Whangarei

Whangarei

Auckland

14-20 November

Auckland

Auckland

Waikato

21-27 November

Hamilton

Hamilton

Coromandel

28 Nov-4 Dec

Tauranga

Tauranga

Bay of Plenty

5-11 December

Tauranga

Tauranga

2022

TranzAlpine/North Canterbury

6-12 February

Christchurch

Christchurch

Alps to Ocean: Central/South Canterbury

13-19 February

Christchurch

Christchurch

Fiordland

27 Feb-5 March

Invercargill

Invercargill

Southland and Stewart Island

6-12 March

Invercargill

Invercargill

TASMANIA

17 March-10 April

Hobart

Hobart

Otago

17-23 April

Dunedin

Dunedin

Eastland

6-12 November

Tauranga

Napier

Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa

13-19 November

Napier

Wellington

Southwest North Island (Wellington-Horo-whenua-Manawatu)

20-26 November

Wellington

Palmerston North

Taranaki

27 Nov-3 Dec

New Plymouth

New Plymouth

Central North

4-10 December

Taupo

Taupo

 

For further information

please contact us:

footstepsanz@gmail.com

021 172 3244 / 07 544 9509

 

 

Ballroom Overhang, Paparoa NP