Sunday, June 23, 2024

Bash your bucket list!

The term “bucket list” means “a list of things to do before you die”. It was first used in 1999 by the Anglo-American writer Justin Zackham in his screenplay for the 2007 film The Bucket List. Zackham had created his own list called “Justin’s List of

Things to Do Before I Kick the Bucket”, which he then shortened to “Justin’s Bucket List”. The first item on his list was to have a screenplay produced at a major Hollywood studio. After a time, it occurred to him that the notion of a “bucket list” could itself be fodder for a film, so he wrote a screenplay about two dying men racing to complete their own bucket lists with the time they had left.

There are many places that we dream of going to “some day”. You no doubt have several on your bucket list. Over 2024 the low-cost day-walk excursions offered by Footsteps could help you to realise some of those long-held aspirations…

  • Nifty Northland (28 Jan-3 Feb): Waipoua, Hokianga, Cape Reinga, Whangaroa, Bay of Islands, Whananaki, Whangarei Heads.
  • Awesome Auckland (4-10 Feb): Tiritiri Matangi, Mangawhai, Tawaharanui, Kawau, Waitakere Ranges, Isthmus, Hauraki Gulf islands, Hunua Ranges.
  • Wonderful Waikato (11-17 Feb): Kaimai Ranges, Te Waihou, Waitomo, Tawarau, Kawhia, Raglan, Pirongia, Hakarimata, Hamilton.
  • Tasmania (Australia) (25 Feb – 16 March): Hobart, Port Arthur, Freycinet, St Helens, Launceston, Stanley, Cradle Mountain, Strahan, Maydena.
  • Victoria (Australia) (17 March-6 April): Melbourne, Great Ocean Road, Grampians, Bendigo, Great Dividing Range, Gippsland, Wilson’s Promontory, Phillip Island.
  • Tremendous Transalpine (14-20 April): Banks Peninsula, Castle Hill, Craigieburn, Arthur’s Pass, Lake Brunner, Rakaia Gorge, Hakatere, Peel Forest.
  • Alps to Ocean (21-27 April): Tekapo, Mount Cook, Lake Ohau, MacKenzie Country, Omarama, Benmore, Waitaki Valley, Oamaru, Canterbury Plains. 
  • Scotland (29 June-17 July) and/or Ireland (18 July -3 August) – all the scenic, cultural and rambling highlights!
  • New England (USA) (21 Sept-12 Oct) – timed to enjoy the fabulous autumn colours across 6 states!
  • Patagonia (16 Nov-1 Dec): Buenos Aires, Santiago, Tierra del Fuego, Torres del Paine, Los Glaciares, Bernardo O´Higgins.

For further information, go to, or contact us:, 021 172 3244, 07 544 9509.

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