get­ting ac­tive around Auck­land

There is a huge range of ac­tiv­i­ties to get into this sum­mer, and you don’t need to spend hundreds of dol­lars on gear to get started. Here are some of El­e­ment’s favourites.

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Get on yer bike The Nat­u­ral High rental and tour com­pany has just opened a new branch near Auck­land air­port in re­sponse to tough trad­ing con­di­tions in post-earthquake Christchurch. You can sup­port them and take some healthy time out by try­ing out one of their bike tours. Each trip comes with a com­plete set of course notes, maps and times for pub­lic trans­port links, and you can do any­thing from a two-day jaunt to Wai­heke to a 19-day north-to-south epic.

cy­cle­ Get OFF ROAD on yer bike Wood­hill, up near He­lensville, is a 40-minute drive from down­town Auck­land and sa­cred ground to the city’s nob­bly-tyred bri­gade. If you have your own bike it’s as cheap as chips: adults can ride any of the 130km pur­pose­built sin­gle track all day for just $7, with un­der 15s pay­ing $5, un­der 10s $2. If you don’t have your own wheels, or are not sure your old shop­per will sur­vive the more than 250 man-made jumps and bumps, then adults can hire a sweet ride for $25 an hour, kids bikes are $15. There are plenty of begin­ner op­tions, so you don’t have to break your the bank, or your neck. If you’re feel­ing ad­ven­tur­ous, have a go once it gets dark. Splash out on a kayak Auck­land Sea Kayak of­fers sim­ple, safe tours of the Hau­raki Gulf where you lit­er­ally pad­dle your own ca­noe. You can choose any­thing from a quick six hour round trip to Brown’s Is­land/mo­tuko­rea to three days of ca­noe camp­ing, ex­plor­ing all the gulf has to of­fer. All equip­ment, food and train­ing is pro­vided and you are con­stantly sup­ported by a highly ex­pe­ri­enced guide.

auck­land­ Run for it New Zealand has some of the most breath­tak­ing off-road run­ning trails in the world in ev­ery sense of the word. What­ever your abil­ity Karekare-based Run­ning Wild is just 45 min­utes from down­town Auck­land and can in­tro­duce you to some of the best in the Waitakere Ranges and be­yond. And, as your guide will be Mal Law, one of NZ’S most ex­pe­ri­enced trail run­ners, you know you will be in tire­less and en­thu­si­as­tic com­pany.

run­ning­ Ex­plore or­gan­i­cally Or­ganic Ex­plorer is a handy di­rec­tory for the con­scious tourist in New Zealand. And with a freshly up­dated guide­book out, there’s plenty of ex­cit­ing new ac­tiv­i­ties to check out: every­thing from walk­ing tours to horse rides and all the ac­com­mo­da­tion and events you could want. The web­site also has a wealth of ideas.

or­gan­ic­ex­ Climb (al­most) ev­ery moun­tain Ex­treme Edge and Clim­b­zone in­door climb­ing walls at Glen Eden and Pan­mure will get you and the kids do­ing the hu­man fly in no time. You can put your mind at rest about cramped sweaty spa­ces full of mus­cle­bound ex­perts; this is more about big airy barns full of friendly folk of all ages and abil­i­ties. No mem­ber­ship is re­quired, no ex­pe­ri­ence is nec­es­sary and all first­timers get a free safety les­son from an ex­pe­ri­enced in­struc­tor. Many of the walls now have an au­to­matic be­lay de­vice, which means you don’t even need some­body to hold the rope for you.

ex­ Fly the eco-friendly skies For­get pol­lut­ing the skies with an en­gine, strap your­self into a paraglider and soar like a bird. In­tro­duc­tory days that will teach you the ba­sics and get you up, up and away are $190 from Auck­land-based Sky Wings. Auck­land boasts world class coastal ridge soar­ing on the west coast beaches and good ‘ther­malling’ sites are within an hour’s drive, where flights of 4080km are pos­si­ble. For some­thing dif­fer­ent ask about paramo­tor­ing and speed­fly­ing.


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