17 Nov 2019

Te Radar among those backing Get Outdoors Week

6:45 am on 17 November 2019

People are being encouraged to get off the couch and enjoy the outdoors, with the launch of Get Outdoors Week yesterday.

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Comedian Te Radar recommends Karangahake Gorge, south of Paeroa, for a stroll. Photo: 123rf

For the next eight days, events are being held around the country including a night forest walk in Auckland, a beginners' bike ride in Taupo, take a kid tramping in New Plymouth and numerous activities that are part of the Banks Peninsula Walking Festival.

Mike Daisley from the Mountain Safety Council said there is a long list of events to choose from.

"Trying to pick a highlight essentially is like trying to pick your favourite child but what we have managed to do is get a great group of really well-known Kiwis to talk about some of their favourites."

The prominent New Zealanders include comedian and writer Te Radar who recommends gentle strolls, especially if they have some history attached. He uses examples such as Karangahake Gorge, south of Paeroa, where gold mining history abounds.

He also recommends the Rangitoto Summit for its birdlife, pohutukawa and views of Auckland. For those living on or visiting the West Coast Te Radar is a fan of the Mananui Tramline, also known as the Mahinapua Walkway, an old timber tramline that winds through "magnificent West Coast wetland".

The Mountain Safety Council said in a statement that hundreds of activities have been organised to cater for every need from a parent with a pram to organised running events.

More information on Get Outdoors Week can be found on the campaign's website.