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2019 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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2019 Programme

25 January – 1 February 2019 :   Summer Camp – Bannockburn, Central Otago

Botanise Otago’s valleys and block mountains with their fascinating floras and landforms.
  • Base camp:   Bannockburn Camp near Cromwell.   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:   bunk-rooms; camping; all $20/person/night.
  • Transport options:   private car, or InterCity bus to Cromwell, or air to Queenstown by 1.35pm and shared rental van to Bannockburn Camp. Please indicate on registration form if interested in this option.
  • Maps:   NZTopo50 CB11 Arrowtown, CB12 Cardrona, CB13 Tarras, CC11 Queenstown, CC12 Bannockburn; CC13 Alexandra, CD11 Kingston, CD CD12 Piano Flat, CD13 Roxburgh.
  • Booking:   Booking is ESSENTIAL and have now closed.
  • 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 Mick Parsons, email parsonsroad (at), phone 027 249 9663.

Saturday 9 February:   Field trip – Coastal and estuarine vegetation

NOTE: Second Saturday, NOT first.
An easy walk botanising coastal forest along the Camborne Walkway, and salt-marsh along Te Ara Piko Pathway.   Once we have botanised the Camborne Walkway, we will have morning tea while cars and people are moved to Motukaraka Point, and at least one car is moved to Pauatahanui, the end of our trip.   We will then botanise along Te Ara Piko’s boardwalk from Motukaraka Point to Pauatahanui.   This path crosses Horokiri Stream, once the subject of a detailed trout study – it now provides habitat for numerous native species of freshwater fish.   Note: Te Aro Piko Pathway is very exposed if it is windy, and the final stretch of the walk is beside Grays Rd.   Bring binoculars for bird-watching.   There is no public transport from Pauatahanui, so rideshares will need to be arranged for going home.
  • Maps:   NZTopo50-BP32 Paraparaumu, street map and PCC brochure Walking & cycling tracks in Porirua City.
  • Meet:   9 a.m. at the end of Pascoe Ave, Mana, off SH1 / Mana Esplanade.   We’ll ask some drivers to shuttle some cars to car park at other end (Grays Road) before we start.   Trains: Kapiti Line train from Wellington Station 8.14 a.m. to Mana Station, or 8 a.m. train from Waikanae Station.   Phone leader if you can offer / need rides on return trip.
  • Co-leaders:   Frances Forsyth, phone 021 072 5210.

Saturday 2 March:   Field trip – Steenkamp property, Long Gully

We will botanise Naomi and Frans Steenkamp’s bush on part of the former Long Gully Station.   There is regenerating coastal forest and shrublands, and interesting gully vegetation.   We will prepare a list of native and introduced plants, and a list of the birds we hear or see, to assist the owners with the management of their property.
  • Map:   NZTopo50-BQ31 Wellington and street map.
  • Meet:   Brooklyn Turbine car park at 9 a.m.   We will car-pool, then proceed in convoy along Hawkins Hill Road and down Long Gully road to the property.
  • Leader:   Chris Horne, phone 04 475 7025, mobile 027 474 9300;   Jon Terry, phone 021 168 1176, mobile 04 971 1631.

Saturday 6 April:   Field trip – Wellington Botanic Garden BioBlitz

Help to botanise some of the Botanic Garden’s five native bush remnants as part of their BioBlitz.   If people are interested we could also botanise the nearby Bolton Street Cemetery.
  • Map:   NZTopo50-BQ31 Wellington and street map.   Brochure: Wellington Botanic Garden Map.
  • Meet:   9 a.m. at The Treehouse, main entrance.   Access: from no. 2 Karori bus stop near Founders’ Gate, Glenmore St, OR the Cable Car Kelburn terminus.
  • Leader:   Eleanor Burton, (04) 479 0497, email esmeraldadoris93 (at)

Saturday 4 May:   Field trip – Rallywoods, Akatarawa Forest

Join us for a wander around Rallywoods (, a private bush area on the edge of Akatarawa Forest popular with 4WD enthusiasts.   Good footwear is recommended.   BotSoc has booked the whole site for the day.   Cost: to enter Rallywoods $5 pp.
  • Map:   NZTopo50-BP32 Paraparaumu.
  • Meet:   9.30 a.m. at the SH2/SH58 Haywards interchange on the Hutt motorway; we will carpool from there along SH58, Moonshine and Bulls Run roads.
  • Leader:   Lara Shepherd.   email Lara.Shepherd (at), phone 027 363 5854.


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