Kapi-Mana News : January 17th 2012
23 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JANUARY 17, 2012 NEWS An early introduction to the great outdoors Old timber: Rachael Burke and 4-month-old baby Edward, from Pauatahanui, pass a particularly impressive northern rata during the Great Outdoors buggy walk at Tunnel Gully. More than 230 people turned out to walk Tane's track at Tunnel Gully on January 5, along with babies and toddlers in buggies. The event was the first of Wellington Regional Council's buggy walks, which are part of the Great Out- doors events throughout January. Organiser Amanda Cox said the walk was approximately 2.5km long and took about 45 minutes with buggies. Generally people are pretty rosy-faced by the end.'' Other buggy walks coming up are the Gums Loop walk from Wainuiomata Rec- reation Area, off Moores Val- ley Road, on January 19 and the Hutt River Trail from Avalon Park on January 26. Both start at 10.30am. The Summer Samplers are a series of short, easy walks for people who want to spend a couple of hours in a park with a ranger finding out a bit more about a park they might visit again. A ranger will guide a tour of the historic Battle Hill Reserve, with a look at the planned Transmission Gully route on January 21, starting at 10am from the campground off Paekakariki Hill Road. On January 22 two walks from Wainuiomata Recreation Area will include the easy Gums Loop route or the more challenging Tana Umaga Track, both starting at 9am. On January 26 a ranger will guide an evening walk up Korokoro Valley to Baked Beans Bend track and beyond. Meet at the Cornish Street entrance to Belmont Regional Park at 6.30pm. The final Summer Sampler on January 28 takes in The Lord of the Rings locations and water-supply engineer- ing marvels. Meet at the Waterworks Road entrance to Kaitoke Regional Park at 10am. Other Great Outdoors events include an 11km Wainuiomata walking tour, a 4WD Sunset Tour, an intro- duction to horse riding at Queen Elizabeth Park, a gravel grab from Otaki River, a Meet-at-the-Top walk in Belmont Regional Park, beginning either from the Takapu Rd or Stratton St, an After-the-Fire walk in Whitireia Park, pedalling in Queen Elizabeth Park and an Eat, Drink and Be Crafty walk at Battle Hill Farm For- est Park. For all events, bring a backpack with a waterproof jacket, warm clothes, tramping boots or strong lace-up shoes, water and pic- nic lunch or snacks. On trips longer than two hours take ther- mal leggings, a long-sleeved top, warm hat and gloves. Always take a sun hat and sunblock. For more information visit gw.govt.nz/events. Skinny dip: Club member June Campbell-Tong, of Whitby, enjoys a dip in the heated outdoor pool at the Wellington Naturist Club. Photo: ROSEMARY McLENNAN Naturists reveal all Te Marua's Wellington Naturist Club is opening its gates to the public this Saturday. The club, at the end of Molloys Rd, is keen to show off its gardens, swimming pool and sports facilities. Sports activities include petanque, tenniquoits, table ten- nis, minitennis, bowls and golf. These games will be available for visitors to try or you can bor- row a book from the club library and relax under the shade of the trees on the main lawn. Unlike the clothes-on'' garden open days in spring, on Saturday expect club members to be nude, depending on the weather. Clothing is optional for visitors but no-one is allowed to wear togs in the pool. Guided tours will be arranged to check out other club facilities including the spa and sauna com- plex and cabins that are available for hire by visitors. A massage therapist offers ref- lexology or therapeutic massage for a small fee. Bookings available on the day or phone the club 526 7853. The two-pool outdoor swimming complex is currently about 28 degrees Celsius so take a towel, sunblock and hat to enjoy the free- dom of swimming without togs. Gates open at 10am. A cafe will operate from noon till 1.30pm with light lunches and icecreams for sale. At 5pm a raffle will be drawn. Visitors interested in joining the club may wish to attend the spit roast on Sunday, January 22, at 6pm. Bookings (526 7853) essential. If wet, the open day will be the following Saturday, although the grounds are open to members all year round. Inquiries to June Campbell-Tong: email@example.com.
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