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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 http://www.avcol.school.nz/uploaded/file/downloads/Year%2012%20-%2013%20 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. http://www.doc.govt.nz/tongariro?actionId=124.
  • 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) tepapa.govt.nz, 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.


Saturday 9 June:   Field trip – Paekawakawa Reserve & Oku St Reserve, Island Bay

PLEASE NOTE:   NOT Queen’s Birthday Weekend
Firstly;   Botanise Paekawakawa Reserve, with Jennifer Bennett, Island Bay Natural Heritage Charitable Trust.   See regenerating, semi-coastal forest with weed control and planting continuing.
Secondly;   Oku St Reserve, to botanise a 8-ha flourishing coastal patch of plantings and natural regeneration converted from gorse cover 15 years ago.   Some trees are now up to 15 m tall.   Many northern rata were planted in partnership with Project Crimson.   Ted Lines will join us and share the story of regeneration.
  • Map:   street map & NZTopo50-BQ31 Wellington.
  • Meet:   9.30 a.m. 46a Derwent St entrance to reserve.   Catch No. 1 Island Bay bus 8.52 a.m. from Wellington Station Stop A; alight at the Mersey St stop, almost opposite the Empire Cinema, walk to the end to Derwent St, turn left towards 46a.
  • Meet:   Meet for lunch at Oku St Reserve, Oku St entrance at 12.30 p.m..
  • Co-Leaders:   Chris Horne, phone 475 7025;   Karin Sievwright, phone 027 404 6975.


Saturday 7 July:   Field trip – Manawa Karioi, Island Bay

Join us at Manawa Karioi on Tapu Te Ranga Marae’s land, Island Bay, one of Wellington’s oldest and arguably most scientifically-based revegetation areas.   The oldest plantings are now twenty-five years old, and the hills and gullies of Manawa Karioi support a range of regenerating and replanted ecosystems, and a growing diversity and abundance of native species. Manawa Karioi Restoration Project (www.manawakarioi.nz).   Come and document this growing diversity – let’s add to Maggy Wassilieff’s 1993 species list.
  • Map:   street map & NZTopo50-BQ31 Wellington.
  • Meet:   9.30 a.m. at Manawa Kariori information board next to Tapu te Ranga Marae’s 4 carpark.   This is signposted at the end of Danube St, and can also be accessed from upper Rhine St (opposite no. 59); NOT from the marae itself, unless you are walking, then you can easily get from the south end of the marae buildings to the carpark.   Catch: No. 1 Island Bay bus 8.40 a.m. from Wellington Station Stop A.   Alight at Dee St, then walk up it to Eden St and Danube St.
  • Co-Leaders:   Paul Blaschke, phone 389 8545 / 027 2462848; paul (at) blaschkerutherford.co.nz;   Sunita Singh, phone 387 9955 / 027 4052987.


Note: For field trips from July onwards, check with the co-leaders that the bus route names, numbers and times shown below still valid, or have been changed, following reorganisation of public transport services from 15 July are still valid, or have been changed.


Saturday 14 July:   Field trip – Te Marua Bush workbee

In partnership with Greater Wellington, BotSoc has been committed since 1989 to do weed control and revegetation in this important matai / totara / maire remnant in Kaitoke Regional Park.   Our biannual workbees must continue so that we keep ahead of re-invasion by weeds, particularly around the plantings, so please come to help with this important work.   Bring weeding gear: gloves, kneeler, weed bag, and your favourite weeding tools, e.g., trowel, hand fork, grubber, loppers, pruning saw, jemmy.
  • Meet:   Te Marua Bush, 9.30 a.m. (250 m north of Te Marua Store) and then left, off SH2 for 50 m, on Twin Lakes Rd, Kaitoke Reg. Pk.   Catch; 8.05 a.m. Hutt line train WN to Upper Hutt – ring the leader to arrange to be met at Upper Hutt Station.
  • Co-Leaders:   Glennis Sheppard, phone 526 7450;   Sue Millar, phone 526 7440.


Saturday 4 August:   Field trip – DOC Covenant, Makara Farm

Botanise coastal podocarp forest and scrub, then a small gully-head forest to look for swamp maire.   The 135-ha covenant is on land owned by Meridian Energy, with land beyond the covenant leased for farming.   Close to Westwind Recreation Area and Makara Walkway beyond the end of Opau Road.
  • Map:   street map & NZTopo50-BQ31 Wellington.   Also see DOC Conservation Management Strategy for Wellington 1995–2005 – Vol 2.   See Makara Covenant Conservation Unit No. R27105, also asscociated R27 map.
  • Meet:   9.30 a.m. at former NZ Post Office village, off Opau Rd.   Travel: Karori Rd-Makara Rd-Opau Rd – the two latter roads are narrow, with short sightlines!   Catch no. 2 Karori Park bus, 8.00 a.m. from Seatoun, 8.12 Kilbirnie, 8.21 Courtney Place, 8.31 Lambton Quay opp. Supreme Court, alight at terminus at South Karori.   Advise a co-leader that you would like a lift to the DOC covenant.
  • Co-Leaders:   Richard Herbert, phone 232 6828 / 027 4455942;   Lynne Pomare, phone 934 1187, 021 054 9699


Saturday 1 September:   Field trip – Wainuiomata River West branch

Join us on a second trip into this extensive magnificent pre-European podocarp-broadleaved forest.   This time we drive to the start of the track into the heart of this forest with massive northern rata and rimu, and numerous species of ferns, lianes, shrubs, ground-covers.
  • Map:   NZTopo 50-BQ32 Lower Hutt.
  • Meet:   9.45 a.m. at main gate, Whitcher Grove, 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.   Catch: 8.35 a.m. train on Hutt line from WN to Waterloo Station, then no. 170 Wainuiomata bus (tbc), on east side of station, to end of Hine Rd.   Then walk across park to footbridge and main gate.   If you will travel by car, please tell co-leaders if you can take passengers.
  • Co-Leaders:   Chris Hopkins, phone 528 5195;   Kat de Silva, phone 020 4077 9377.


Saturday 6 October:   Field trip – Mt Maunganui, Akatarawa Forest

Beyond Maungakotukutuku Stream, the track crosses young then old river terraces with tawa and podocarp spp. before starting to climb the spur. The ascent to Maunganui takes c. 3 hours. Return same way, so you can botanise in groups as far as you please up the spur to the summit.   As you climb, you pass tawa-broadleaf forest which becomes more dominated by cool-loving species such as kamahi and miro.   The summit is dominated by alpine scrub: dominant genera - Gaultheria, Chionochloa, Dracophyllum, Olearia and Weinmannia.   Botanise open wind-leads and occasional turfs, and enjoy the panoramic view.   Let’s aim to have lunch on the summit, then botanise as we descend.
  • Map:   NZTopo50-BP32 Paraparaumu.
  • Meet:   9.45 a.m. at the end of the tar seal on Maungakotukutuku Rd.   Drive to Paraparaumu on old SH1: cross over railway at traffic lights.   Follow main road south through suburbs past substation.   Maungakotukutuku Rd is signposted on left.   By Train: Kapiti Line train ex Wellington Station 8.14 a.m. to Paekakariki.   Ask Owen to meet you in station car park at 9 a.m.
  • Leader:   Owen Spearpoint ph 027 285 8083, 830 4418 (w); 562 8780 (h). email Owen.Spearpoint (at) gw.govt.nz.


Saturday 3 November:   Field trip – Coastal and estuarine vegetation

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 the Te Ara Piko 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 that 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.
  • Map:   NZTopo50-BP32 Paraparaumu.
  • Brochure:   Walking & cycling tracks in Porirua City. (PCC).
  • Meet:   9 a.m. at the end of Pascoe Ave, Mana, off SH1.   We’ll ask some drivers to shuttle some cars to car park at other end (Grays Road) before we start.   There is no public transport from Pauatahanui so rideshares will need to be arranged for going home.   Phone Frances if you can offer/need rides on return trip.   Trains: Kapiti Line train from Wellington Station 8.14 a.m. to Mana Station, or 8 a.m. train from Waikanae Station.
  • Leader:   Frances Forsyth, phone 021 072 5210.


Saturday 1 December:   Field trip – Saline wetlands, Wairarapa

We are returning to these saline wetlands hoping to see more species in flower than we saw on our 7.10.2017 visit.   We will look for species that had not emerged before our last vist, e.g., orchids, annuals and biennials (See May 2018 newsletter, pp 12, 13).   The small wetland, protected by an impressive fence to exclude ungulates, is surrounded by rank pasture and a pine plantation, with some regenerating scrub nearby.   It is one of the few examples of non-geothermal tectonic activity found on earth.   It looks like Rotorua but without the heat.   The vents are extremely saline and have almost no vegetation.   Beyond the vents, the saline turf species are the same as those found on the coast.   There is no cell-phone coverage at the wetland, but some on a high point nearby.   The site is at about 500m elevation, so bring warm clothing, hat, gloves, leggings and a parka.
  • Map:   NZTopo50-BQ35 Te Wharau.
  • Meet:   9 a.m in Gladstone in the lay-by on the left just north of village.   We will then drive in convoy to the corner of Te Wharau and Craigie Lea roads.   From here it is 5 minutes to Craigie Lea forest through the farm.   The forestry road is good, but problematic if very wet.   It is suitable for most 4WD vehicles with good tyres and clearance.   A maximum of 6 vehicles - GWRC will take up to three vehicles.   4WD vehicles sought: Please tell Owen if you have a 4WD and would like to help ferry people to the site.   Hi-viz: Bring a hi-viz vest if you have one, and if you don’t, please tell Owen - this is a health and safety requirement insisted on by the forest owners.   We will leave the site for home at 3 p.m.   We will, for safety, return to the tar seal road in convoy.
  • Co-Leaders:   Owen Spearpoint ph 027 285 8083, 830 4418 (w); 562 8780 (h). email Owen.Spearpoint (at) gw.govt.nz.


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 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, 20 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.
  • Deposit:   $400.00 per person to be paid at time of registration.
  • Leader and Contact:   Lara Shepherd, email Lara.Shepherd (at) tepapa.govt.nz, phone 027 363 5854, and Mick Parsons, email parsonsroad (at) gmail.com, phone 027 249 9663.



 

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