Familywalk for guides in gorge
Almost 170 people, more if you count the family dogs, associated with GirlGuiding New Zealand took to the Karangahake Gorge for a Family Winter Walk in September.
The concept of winter walks was introduced by Morrinsville Ranger leader Niki Swabey last year as a way of encouraging girls and their families to enjoy time together in the great outdoors.
Organised and run by Swabey and regional co-ordinator Gina Chaney, the walk saw 55 guides, seven leaders, 75 adults, including mums, dads, nannas, poppas, cousins and friends and 32 other children, including brothers and sisters, and five family dogs from Waihi, Hamilton, Cambridge, Rotorua, Matamata, Huntly, Te Puke, Tauranga and Morrinsville attend the event.
Chaney said the day was a great success that positively promoted Guiding.
‘‘It was a great opportunity to see a beautiful part of the country as a family.
‘‘One family commented they had passed through the gorge many times and had always meant to stop and have a look - the day finally gave them the chance to do this,’’ she said.
Cambridge Guides Caitlin Hill, left, Kaitlyn Kelly and Mackenzie Reid.
Sisters Piper, left, and Brooke Fisher from Taitua Rangers.
Little sister Zara Green, left, with Pukete pippin Eilidh.