Tauranga's Pokemon GO draws hundreds to 10km walk

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An estimated 400 Pokemon trainers packed out Memorial Park on Saturday - the starting point for a 10km PokeWalk.

They were armed with their cellphones as they set out en-masse to collect Pokemon as part of the latest gaming craze sweeping the country.

Daniel Kainuku, 25, one of the leaders of Saturday's event, estimated about 400 people turned up to Memorial Park and said the range of people who participated on the walk was "unreal".

"We had parents, to younger children... I met Indian people, Chinese, everyone. It was amazing just meeting people in general, and the gender mix was amazing too, that's what really boggled me.

"I love it because it's bringing everyone together," Mr Kainuku said.

"We ended up doing 10km, and 40 of us made it all the way to Bayfair. It took us about two and a half hours from the start of the walk. I was pretty stoked how it turned out.

"I was just proud of everyone that did it," he said.

POKEHUNT: Pokemon GO players from all over gather at Memorial Park on Saturday. PHOTO/Andrew Warner.
POKEHUNT: Pokemon GO players from all over gather at Memorial Park on Saturday. PHOTO/Andrew Warner.

Bethlehem woman Renee Pink, 28, participated in the Pokemon Go walk with her fiance Justin Evans.

They decided to wear Pikachu onesies to mark the occasion.

"Its not often we go along to things like that, we thought why not have a bit of fun.

"We thought it might be a bit cold as well," she said.

She said event participants ranged from children to people in their late 50s.

"It was really fun. It was just cool being able to see such a diverse range of people all coming together and enjoying something, just such a cool vibe.

"The kids kept coming up to us wanting photos and trying to catch us, which was quite cute."

Mr Kainuku said there were more PokeWalks being planned.

"For the future we plan on doing another walk from the Mount hopefully next month... Around the Mount area back to Bayfair, so the walk will be a lot easier and a there should be more of a variety of Pokemon."

- Bay of Plenty Times

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