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2018 Field Trips

Day trips to locations in the Wellington region are usually held on the first Saturday of each month.   Extended excursions are usually held at New Year, first weekend in February and Easter.

The following programme is SUBJECT TO CHANGE.   If you wish to join a Saturday trip, please tell the trip leader on the Thursday p.m. at the latest, or if you wish to join an over-night trip, please tell the trip leader on the Wednesday p.m. at the latest, so that the leader can:
~   contact our hosts, if we are visiting a private area, to confirm the visit
~   print enough copies of a plant species list, if one has been prepared for the site.

Remember the weather can be changeable on field trips.   Sun hat, balaclava, waterproof / windproof parka, may all be used on a day trip.

Non-members are welcome to join us on our field trips.

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2018 Programme

4–11 January 2018:   Summer Camp field trip – Volcanic Plateau, Central North Island

  • Base camp:   Taurewa Camp, Pukehinau Rd, Tongariro Forest Park 3989, 500 m off State Highway 47, c. 21 km (15 min) north of National Park village.   Breakfasts & lunches will be prepared by BotSoccers on a roster system.   Dinners will be catered.   Please make your own arrangements if you have special dietary needs.
  • Accommodation:   Seven 2-person huts; bunk-rooms; camping; all $17/person/night; self-contained cottage sleeps 7, $25/person/night.   See Taurewa%20Booklet%202015.pdf
  • Transport options:   Car, Northern Explorer train, or InterCity bus WN-Whanganui-National Park village, then taxi or shuttle 21 km to Taurewa Lodge.
  • Maps:   Double-sided, waterproofpaper relief map – Tongariro Circuit on one side, Tongariro National Park on the other, $24.99 at DOC Visitor Information Centre, 18–32 Manners St, WN.   NZTopo50-BH34 Raurimu;   NZTopo-BJ34 Mount Ruapehu.   DOC Visitor Information Centre, Bivouac Outdoor, 39 Mercer St and Map Shop, 121 Thorndon Quay.
  • Brochures:   Walks in and around Tongariro National Park $3 at DOC Visitor Centre, 18–32 Manners St, Wellington.
  • Possible Day Trips:  
    • Taurewa Loop Track.   Bush near camp, 4.5 km loop, 2–3hr;
    • Te Porere Redoubt.   2.5 km, 45 min.   Combine this with either Taurewa Loop Track, or Lake Rotopounamu Tk, in a single day;
    • Lake Rotopounamu Track.   5 km loop, 2 hr;
    • Ohinetonga Track, near Owhango.   3.8 km 2–3 hr loop;
    • Silica Rapids Track, off Bruce Rd, 2.5 hr.   Alpine areas, bog, mountain beech forest.   Lahar mounds, also off Bruce Rd, 20 minutes;
    • Mt Hauhangatahi.   Outstanding altitudinal sequence: podocarp/broad-leaved forest.   A big day;
    • Fisher’s Trail (road) and Tupapakurua Falls, near National Park village.   Bush with diverse fern flora.   4–5 hours return to falls;
    • Ketetahi Track from SH 46 towards Mt Tongariro.
  • Booking:   Booking ESSENTIAL.   Book early!   Preference will be given to members of Wellington BotSoc.   Please either download registration form here for doc version or here for pdf version, or complete and post the registration form at the end of the September newsletter.
  • Deposit:   $400.00 per person to be paid at time of registration.
  • Leader and Contact:   Lara Shepherd, email Lara.Shepherd (at), phone 027 363 5854, and Chris Moore.

Saturday 3 February:   Field trip – Te Kopahou Reserve

Botanise in the valley of Waipapa Stream, which rises near Hawkins Hill, and enters the sea just west of PariWhero / Red Rocks.   See Rubus squarrosus / leafless lawyer, Clematis afoliata / leafless clematis, and other species of semi-coastal native plants near the valley’s main forks c. 1 km from the sea.   WCC is drafting a management plan for this c. 700-ha coastal reserve, which spans Waipapa Valley, Hape Stream / ‘Spooky Gully’, and a smaller valley.   This field trip will help us to prepare detailed comments on the draft plan.
  • Maps:   NZTopo50-BQ31 Wellington.
  • Meet:   9.30 a.m. at west end, Owhiro Bay Pde, near toilet block and WCC interpretation panels.   Access to the reserve will be generously provided by Barry Insull and other members of the Wellington 4WD Club.   If travelling by bus, catch no. 1 Island Bay bus at 8.40 a.m. from Wellington Station to terminus and ask co-leaders to arrange for you to be met there.
  • Co-leaders:   Chris Horne, phone 475 7025; Sunita Singh, phone 387 9955 or 027 4052 987; and Barry Insull.   BOOKING ESSENTIAL – space in 4WDs is limited.   When you book, give your e-mail address so that you can be sent a plant list.

Saturday 3 March:   Field trip – Boulder Hill regenerating bush

Join us for a walk through regenerating broadleaf forest on the slopes of Boulder Hill 442m, Belmont Regional Park.   There is the option of a quick dash across farmland to the summit to admire the boulders and great views all round.   It’s a 200-m climb to the summit so bring water if it’s a warm day.
  • Maps:   NZTopo50-BQ32 Lower Hutt & BP32 Paraparaumu.
  • Meet:   9:45 a.m. at car-park near end of Kaitangata Cres, Kelson.   If travelling by public transport, catch 8.35 a.m. train on Hutt 4 line to Waterloo station, then 9.04 a.m. no. 150 Kelson bus from Knights Rd stop, west of Waterloo station – alight at terminus on Major Drive, near Kaitangata Crescent.   From terminus walk to Kaitangata Crescent car-park (c. 20 minutes).
  • Co-leaders:   Lara Shepherd, phone 027 363 5854; Leon Perrie, phone 027 419 1378

Saturday 7 April:   Field trip – Wainuiomata catchment

Join members of Nelson BotSoc to botanise this extensive tract of podocarp-broadleaved forest in one of our drinking-water catchments.   See massive northern rata and rimu, numerous species of ferns, lianes, shrubs and ground-covers.   The trip will be along the valley road in this forest subject to intensive control of pest animals.
  • Maps:   NZTopo50-BQ32 Lower Hutt.
  • Meet:   9.45 a.m. at main gate, Whitcher Grove Rd, off Moores Valley Rd, Holmdale, Wainuiomata.   From the main gate we will drive in convoy to the Water-Treatment Plant car-park by a toilet block.   If you will travel by car, please tell co-leaders if you can take passengers.   If travelling by public transport catch 8.35 a.m. train on Hutt line from Wellington to Waterloo Station, then no. 170 Wainuiomata bus, on east side of station, to end of Hine Rd.   Then walk across park to footbridge and main gate.
  • Co-leaders:   Chris Horne, phone 475 7025; Sunita Singh, phone 387 9955 / 027 4052 987.

Saturday 5 May:   Field trip – 183 South Karori Road

Help to prepare lists of native and introduced plants on this hill-side property owned by Jo Schofield’s partner Brent Layton.   The c. 22 ha site comprises: 2.5 ha of well-established native bush, following a fire c. 30 years ago; 1.25 ha of old pine plantation with some regenerating and planted native bush; 6 ha of regenerating native bush with remnant kohekohe, replacing a pine plantation felled 25-30 years ago; 1.25 ha of grassland being replanted with natives; 0.5 ha of garden & house site.   Pest animals have been controlled for 14 years.
  • Map:   NZTopo50-BQ31 Wellington.
  • Meet:   9.30 a.m.   Drive to end of Karori Rd, then c. 1.8 km down South Karori Rd.   Park 4 cars on driveway before bridge, and rest on grass verge across road.   Pick up any BotSoccers who have come by bus and are standing at the start of South Karoi Rd.   If travelling by public transport catch no. 3 Karori Park bus: Lyall Bay 8.25, Courtney Place 8.45, Stop F Lambton Quay 8.59, to terminus.   Ring a co-leader if you would like a lift.
  • Co-Leaders:   Chris Horne, phone 475 7025; Jo Schofield; and Sunita Singh, phone 387 9955 / 027 4052 987.


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