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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 www.lonsdalepark.org, 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) tepapa.govt.nz, 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) gmail.com.


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) gmail.com.


Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 April:   Field trip – Wairarapa   (cancelled due to COVID-19)

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 https://greytowncampground.co.nz.   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) gw.govt.nz.

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 https://www.forestandbird.org.nz/projects/fensham-reserve-carterton#.U4FLdfmSzcga.
  • 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   (cancelled due to COVID-19 and rescheduled to 1 August)

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:   9.45 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; and Chris Horne 475 7025, mobile 021 474 9300.


Saturday 6 June:   Field trip – 331 Valley Road, Paraparaumu   (cancelled due to COVID-19 - to be rescheduled)

Botanise Diana & Peter Kiernan’s 16.5 ha private mature bush in the Nikau Belt managed by the Kotukutuku Ecological Restoration Project (www.naturespace.org.nz/groups/kotukutuku-ecological-restoration-project) dominated by kohekohe / Dysoxylum spectabile and tawa / Beilschmiedia tawa.   See three species of Nestegis, large northern rata, rimu, totara, Mida salicifolia, and an interesting range of ferns and orchids. Fenced since 1990, with extensive pest control.
  • Map:   NZ Topo50-BP32 Paraparaumu.
  • Meet:   9.30 a.m. at Paekakariki Station north end car park to car pool to the site   Train: 8.44 a.m. Kapiti Line train from Wellington to Paekakariki Station.
  • Co-leaders:   Diana Kiernan, mobile 021 2159 262 / 04 299 1394; and Alison Lane, mobile 022 309 4558.


Saturday 4 July:   Field trip – Brookfield Wildlife Refuge and Outdoor Education Centre (Scouts NZ), Wainuiomata   (Please note: changed Botsoc Co-leaders and contact details.)

Join us to botanise this fascinating 255-ha area of bush owned and being restored and cared for by Scouts.   Of this area, 50 ha was originally a farm & orchard established from bush and bequeathed to them in 1958.   Sharing a boundary with GWRC’s ‘mainland island’ within the Wainuiomata Water Collection Area, it includes ecosystems ranging from wetlands to bush.   An intensive pest-control programme removed 1,000 possums in 2018 and now the focus is on deer.   In the past eight months 1,400 pests have been trapped.   A Plant Conservation Plan is being prepared together with plans for freshwater ecology improvements.
  • Map:   NZ Topo50-BQ32 Lower Hutt; street map.
  • Meet:   9.30 a.m. 562 Moores Valley Rd, Wainuiomata.   Drive into camp then go around the kayak lake on your right to the “camp kitchen” - 2nd building on your left, opposite a tall climbing tower (all buildings are labelled).   Train: 8.35 a.m. train on Hutt Line to Waterloo Station. Ask Lydia to arrange for someone to meet you on the east side of the station.
  • Link:   https://goo.gl/maps/qHbo4b8yVvwcrt8u6.
  • Co-leaders:   Grant Crawford, grantcrawfordnz (at) gmail.com / helenamywhite (at) gmail.com, phone 021 400 338; and Botsoc Co-leaders: Kate Jordan, Email KateLJordan (at) gmail.com; and Sunita Singh, phone 027 4052 987.


Saturday 1 August:   Field trip – Waikanae River   (rescheduled from 2 May)

Botanise plant communities on the north and south banks of the river from the NIMT railway bridge and 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; and Chris Horne 475 7025, mobile 021 474 9300.


Saturday 5 September:   Field trip – Kiripiti Scientific Reserve, Old Hautere Rd, Otaki   (We’re sorry, this trip has had to be cancelled due to COVID-19 Level 2, and will be rescheduled next year.   Further details will appear in the December newsletter.)

Botanise this 2-ha reserve of second growth lowland forest.   It features a canopy of totara, matai and titoki with a dense understorey of small trees and shrubs, e.g., Lophomyrtus obcordata, Streblus banksii, Coprosma crassifolia, and others, with an interesting suite of weeds.   Fenced off in 1971 it was last visited by WBS in 1977 when they assisted with a plot survey.   Time permitting, we will return to Rangi’s Bush cemetery, north of Whenuatapu cemetery where we will botanise a 4.14 ha remnant of low kohekohe forest.   WBS Bulletin 45 describes a visit there in 1983 by Maggy Wassilieff and others.
  • Map:   NZ Topo50-BN33 Levin.
  • Meet:   10 a.m. Waikanae Railway Station north end car park to travel in convoy to Otaki Forks Rd junction, SH1, at 10.20 a.m.   Train: 8.14 a.m. train on Kapiti Line to Waikanae Station.
  • Leader:   Mick Parsons, mobile 027 249 9663, Email Parsonsroad (at) gmail.com.


Saturday 3 October:   Field trip – 331 Valley Road, Paraparaumu

Botanise Diana & Peter Kiernan’s 16.5 ha private, mature bush in the Nikau Belt managed by the Kotukutuku Ecological Restoration Project (https://www.naturespace.org.nz/groups/kotukutuku-ecological-restoration-project) dominated by kohekohe / Dysoxylum spectabile and tawa / Beilschmiedia tawa.   See, large northern rata, rimu, totara, Mida salicifolia, three Nestegis species and an interesting range of ferns and orchids.   Fenced since 1990, with extensive pest control.
  • Map:   NZ Topo50 – BP32 Paraparaumu.
  • Meet:   9.30 a.m. at Paekakariki Station north-end car park to car pool to the site.   Train: 8.44 a.m. on Kapiti Line from Wellington to Paekakariki Station.
  • Co-leaders:   Diana Kiernan, phone 0212 159 262 / 04 299 1394; Eleanor Burton, phone 021 588 324.


Saturday 17 October:   Field trip – Te Marua Bush workbee, Upper Hutt

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.   There may be some planting as well.
  • Maps:   NZTopo50-BP32 Paraparaumu; street map.
  • 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 Regional Park.   Catch; 8.05 a.m. Hutt line train Wellington 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-Sunday 7–8 November:   Field trip – Kourarau Valley bush remnants, Wairarapa

The valley has several forest remnants important for their botanical diversity and regionally rare species.   Edge effects and deer and lagomorphs browsing have affected many of them.   The landowners value them and are keen to maintain them.   We hope to visit some of them to see what, if any, changes in indigenous flora have occurred.   We will visit several bush remnants in various states of intactness and health.   The base rock and soils are limestone, so we may discover plants seldom seen.   The diversity of the plant species should be high.   The remnants are close to roads so easy to access.   Ongaonga and other nasties may be present and some remnants have very thick bush.   The valley is at high altitude so can be very cool—bring warm clothes, thermos and water-proofs, plus sun hats and sun-screen in case it is sunny.
  • Accommodation:   Greytown Campground, phone 06 304 9387 / 027 449 4980 / email info (at) greytowncampground.co.nz.   Make your own bookings.
  • Dinner:   Pot-luck.
  • Map:   NZTopo50-BP34 Masterton, NZTopo50-BP35 Bideford, NZTopo50-BQ35 Te Wharau, road maps.
  • Meet:   9.30 a.m. in layby on Te Whiti Road on the left just south of Gladstone village at the junction of and opposite Admiral Road.   We will carpool as much as possible to here.   We will then drive in convoy 20 minutes up Admiral Rd to the remnant forest blocks.
  • Leader:   Owen Spearpoint, phone 027 285 8083 / 04 562 8780.


13–21 January 2021:   Summer camp – Banks Peninsula, Canterbury.

Botanise Banks Peninsula from the hills to the coast plus Kaitorete Spit.   The Peninsula has remnants of totara, red beech and coastal forests, plus considerable areas of forest restoration and unique coastal vegetation.   Among others, we aim to visit Hinewai Reserve, Tutakakahikura Reserve, Otepatutu Reserve, Mt. Sinclair, Mt. Herbert and Kaitorete Spit.   Check the September newsletter for further details and registration form.
  • Accommodation:   YMCA Wainui Park Camp https://www.ymcachch.org.nz/accommodation-facilities/wainui-park-camp/, at 95 Wainui Valley Rd, Wainui, Banks Peninsula.
  • Transport:   If we have sufficient numbers we will hire transport to and from Christchurch Airport.   This is yet to be confirmed.   For those booking their flights early and wanting this option please arrive at Christchurch Airport by 2pm on Jan 13th and depart Christchurch airport after 1pm on Jan 21st.   It is a 90 minute drive from there to Wainui Camp.   Cost of hired transport to be shared among those using it.
  • 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, 16 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 The Treasurer, WBS, PO Box 10412, Wellington 6143.   If paying by bank transfer please email registration form to Julia Stace - see below.
  • Deposit:   $450.00 per person to be paid at time of registration.
  • Co-Leaders:   Julia Stace, email jbwstace (at) gmail.com, phone 04 385 4606, mobile 027 446 3447; and Jon Terry, email jon.terry.nz (at) gmail.com, phone mobile 021 168 1176 / 027 379 4594.



 

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