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Published on Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Grab some mates, family or work colleagues and get out into nature.  Together, experience some of the amazing walking tracks NZ has to offer and let us know how you get on.  Motivate and inspire others to get off farm by sharing your photos, recommendations and feedback.   

Explore what's in your backyard and let's share some of the magical places New Zealand has to offer. 

From your recommendations we will check out some of the hikes you have completed and join you on some of your experiences. 

STEP UP EVENTS: 

29 November, 11:30am - Karangahakae Gorge Historic Walkway, Hauraki

17 December, 11:30am - Cookson Kauri Walk, Thames

16 January 2021, 11:30am - Blue Springs, Putaruru (Meeting at White Road carpark).. 

18 February, 11:30am Wairer Falls, Matamata

4 March 2021, 11am Hakarimata Summit, Ngaruawahi (1400 stair challenge!)

Look out for our RST flag and come have a yarn before or after you enjoy this sensational walkway... we may even have a few little treats for you!    

 

 

 

 

 

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