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2020 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.

Click here to get more information about attending field trips and recommended trip gear.

2020 Programme

16–23 January 2020:   Summer camp – Bay of Islands area, Northland.

Botanise Northland’s fascinating forests.   Sites we aim to visit include ancient kauri forest at Omahuta and Puketi, coastal forest at Whangaroa Harbour and private land at Berghan Point and Whakaangi, near Mangonui.   Check the September newsletter for full details and registration form.   Please see the registration form at the end of the September newsletter.
  • Accommodation:   Lonsdale Park, between Kaeo and Kerikeri.
  • Transport:   We might hire a rental van from Whangarei Airport, but are not guaranteeing this at this stage, else private car.
  • 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.   Please send your completed form and deposit to BotSoc on, or by, 18 November - the last BotSoc meeting of the year.   If paying by cheque: please make it out to Wellington Botanical Society and send it with the completed Registration Form to Lara Shepherd, 26 Thane Rd, Roseneath, Wellington 6021,or via email address below.
  • Deposit:   $400.00 per person to be paid at time of registration.
  • Co-Leaders:   Lara Shepherd, email Lara.Shepherd (at), phone 027 363 5854 and TBC.

Saturday 1 February:   Field trip – 320 Hawkins Hill Road

Botanise 12 ha of mixed regenerating forest and shrubland.
  • Maps:   Street map & NZTopo50-BQ31 Wellington..
  • Meet:   9 a.m., Brooklyn Wind Turbine car park.   Bus: No. 7 Kingston bus 9.00 a.m. from Stop B WN Station to Brooklyn Library; change to No. 17 Kowhai Park bus.   Alight Karepa St, near Ashton Fitchett Drive.   Wait on corner of Ashton Fitchett Drive to be picked up - ask leader to arrange pick up.   Lift: If you would like a lift, contact the leader.   Car-pool at car park.
  • Co-leaders:   Mick Parsons 027 249 9663, email Parsonsroad (at)

Saturday 7 March:   Field trip – Makahuri Forest, Te Horo

Botanise 2 ha of original wetland remnant forest of kahikatea, pukatea, tawa, kohekohe which the owners plan to enlarge and conserve.   Some of the fully mature trees, set in virgin forest, may exceed 400 years old.   If time permits we will also botanise another forest remnant nearby belonging to Royd Sampson and neighbours Grant & Linda Paterson.
  • Map:   NZTopo50-BN32ptBP32Kapiti Island.
  • Meet:   9.45 a.m. Waikanae Station north end car park.   Convoy from there.   Boggy areas in part-gumboots recommended.   Train: 8.14 a.m. Kapiti Line train from Wellington to Waikanae.
  • Leader:   Jon Terry, Jon Terry, phone 04 971 1631, mobile 021 168 1176, email Jon.Terry.NZ (at)

Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 April:   Field trip – Wairarapa

Saturday: Kourarau Valley.   Botanise several bush remnants in various states on limestone soils.   Look for uncommon plants in a diverse community.   Close to roads - access easy.   Valley is at high altitude so can be cool - bring warm clothes, thermos, water-proofs and sturdy clothing in case bush is dense and ongaonga present - sunhat and sunscreen if hot.   Carpool as much as possible from Wellington.   Saturday night: Greytown Camping Ground   Dinner: pot luck to share.
  • Map:   NZTopo50-BP34 Masterton & NZTopo50-BQ34 Martinborough.
  • Meet:   9.30 a.m. in lay-by on Te Whiti Rd on the left just south of Gladstone village at the junction of and opposite Admiral Rd.   Convoy 20 minutes up Admiral Road to sites.
  • Leader:   Owen Spearpoint, phone 04 562 8780, mobile 027 285 8083, email Owen.Spearpoint (at)

Sunday: Fensham Reserve, Carterton.   Botanise 48 ha forest with remnant kahikatea swamp forest and wetlands with nationally vulnerable mudfish.   The 5 ha of original forest has podocarps 400-700 years old.   Originally donated by John Fensham’s daughter, Nina, to Forest and Bird in 1978.   Visit
  • Map:   NZTopo50-BP34 Masterton & NZTopo50-BQ34 Martinborough.
  • Meet:   9 a.m. at Belvedere Road entrance.
  • Leader:   Pat McLean 027 406 6767.

Saturday 2 May:   Field trip – Waikanae River

Botanise plant communities on the north and south banks of the river from the NIMT railway bridge & former SH 1 bridge downstream to a footbridge.   We will visit remnant kohekohe forest, regenerating native forest and plantings.
  • Map:   Street map & NZTopo50-BP32 Paraparaumu.
  • Meet:   99.45 a.m. Waikanae Station north end car park.   Train: 8.14 a.m. Kapiti Line train from Wellington to Waikanae.
  • Co-leaders:   Kate Jordan, mobile 027 899 0018, Chris Horne 475 7025, mobile 021 474 9300.


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