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ActiveVoice: Getting active is mission: possible

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Creating beach art was one of the goosechase challenges for the Sport BOP team.

The mission has been set and the clock’s ticking. Racing out the door, we’re on the hunt for a black car. But not just any black car – it must be parked beside another car of the same colour.

Frantically scanning the car park, it’s a race against the clock and the other Sport Bay of Plenty teams who are looking to complete all their goosechase challenges before we do.

Goosechase is an app-based Amazing Race-style challenge for all ages: Missions specific to your area are created by our Recreation Team, and you and your team must complete the missions and take photo evidence of your success to score points.

Sport Bay of Plenty’s Virtually on Track initiative is hosting three goosechase challenges just in time for the school holidays, taking place at three Gem Sites in the region from April 14 to 30: McLaren Falls Park, Tauranga; Ohope Beach and The Redwoods, Rotorua.

Despite the timing, this one’s not just for the kids – as the Sport Bay of Plenty team can attest to. Recently trialling the app at our full staff meeting, held at Papamoa Beach Resort, our competitive natures emerged as we were running all over the Domain to complete the missions our Recreation Advisors set.

From grabbing a photo with a dog (harder than it sounds in a No Dog Zone) and posing in front of the surf club, to creating art with ocean debris and playing Leap Frog in the sand, the missions are varied and exciting. Having the added time pressure meant we had to act fast and were working up a sweat in the hot summer sun.

You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy exploring nature and discovering new things, so goosechase is a great excuse to get out and about as a family these school holidays and go on an adventure.

We’re so lucky to live in a region which has so many accessible natural attractions or Gem Sites as we call them through Virtually on Track. These Gem Sites are parks, reserves and forests which are not only beautiful places to visit but also offer an abundance of recreational opportunities, such as hikes, water sports, mountain biking, Ultimate Frisbee and more.

Personally, McLaren Falls is one of my absolute favourites for its mix of interesting walks and water sports – there’s nothing more relaxing than a paddle up the lake or a stroll to see the waterfall and the glow worms.

You never know what you may learn or discover with goosechase – whether you want to let your competitive spirit shine through or just need an excuse to go exploring, it’s fun, free and easy to use.

To get exploring, download the app using Play Store (Android) or Apple Store (Apple).

Click here for full details and dates for on-site help.

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