Long Bay Spring Step-out

Rotary Browns Bay Announce New Long Bay Community Walk

A Spring Step Out event will be held on Sunday, 12 October offering an outstanding walking route which begins at Long Bay College and heads through the Long Bay Regional Park, right up to Piripiri Point above the Okura River.

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The Spring Step Out will support the Well Foundation to raise funds for an Ultrasound Procedural Training Unit which will become the first national teaching facility of its kind for medical staff. The unit will use mannequins that have life-like anatomy to help specialists train staff in ultrasound guided medical procedures.

Rotary Browns Bay is organising the event and is hoping to attract between 500 and 1000 people to take part in the walk. They are aiming to raise $20,000 to put toward the purchase of the unit which costs $125,000 in total.

Browns Bay Rotary club President, Tony Hooks, is pleased to support the foundation’s fundraising project and at the same time hold an enjoyable event for the entire community.

“With beautiful scenery, stunning views and walking distances to suit every fitness level and age, this is a day for everyone to be a part of,” he says.

Well Foundation CEO, Andrew Young, says, “We’re thrilled to be the chosen charity for the Rotary Spring Step Out and excited to be working alongside Rotary Browns Bay for this incredibly exciting inaugural event,” says Young.

The Route

Walkers will set off from Long Bay College with a short downhill stretch past quality new residential properties, and via a new boardwalk. After entering the Long Bay Regional Park the route takes walkers along the beach and through wetland, past the Nature Trail, and over picturesque farmland. The Coastal Track is undulating and passes along the clifftops – past Granny’s Bay and Pohutukawa Bay, until the final turnaround at Piripiri Point, above the Okura River. Walkers then retrace their steps back to Long Bay College, where a sausage sizzle and cold drinks will be waiting.

The full distance to the turnaround point at Piripiri Point and back is 13 km, but other turnaround points give walkers the option of 6km, 8.5km, or 11km distances.

Please note no dogs are allowed into the regional park

The Details

The walk will start at Long Bay College at 8:30am. Secure parking will be available in the College grounds for a gold coin donation to the College.

Earlybird pricing for registrations made prior to the event:
• $20 per adult
• $50 per family (2 adults and 4 children)
• $10 for children and students

Registrations will be available on the day from 7.30am using cash or eftpos at the following prices:
• $30 per adult
• $75 per family (2 adults and 4 children)
• $15 for children and students

To register or find out more information about the event, please visit www.rotarybb.kiwi. To keep up with the latest news and updates, you can follow the event on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LongBay.StepOut.

Supporters of the Long Bay-Okura Great Park Society are encouraged to support this project. In the past, Rotary Browns Bay has supported our Society with fundraising events. We are hopeful they will help again to raise funds for the payment of Expert Witnesses to present our views on the new Unitary Plan.