FIELD TRIP No. 1
Cruise with E-Ko Tours
Saturday 26th August 2017
Meet 7.45 am at E-Ko Tours, 1 Wellington Street, Picton (Some transport from Waikawa to Picton may be provided if necessary)
Depart 8.00 am and return 12.00 noon
Cruise Queen Charlotte Sound on a scenic journey to Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary:
Excellent commentary during the trip and viewing areas for observation of dolphins [ Hector's, bottlenose or dusky]and numerous seabirds – spotted, pied and little shags, variable oystercatchers, white-fronted terns, gannets, fluttering shearwaters, reef and white-faced herons, arctic skuas (seasonal) and the very rare king shag.
Once on Motuara, explore the island on your own or go with E-Ko Tour’s guide, who will point out the resident blue penguins, saddlebacks, bellbirds, robins, kereru and yellow-crowned parakeets (kakariki). The birds on this predator-free island are fearless, plentiful and very vocal, and the view from the Cook Strait lookout is spectacular.
Hot drinks and cookies will be provided during the return trip to Picton.
Bevan Tulett FPSNZ will give an informal workshop on natural history photography during the trip.
COST: $45 per person
Limited numbers so sign up early to avoid missing out.
This discounted fare is available on the condition that passengers submit 2 images each for use by E-Ko Tours for promotion. Send these to Ross Beech at firstname.lastname@example.org . Reminders on board!
FIELD TRIP No.2
Southern Valleys Landscape and Garden Tour
Saturday 26th August 2017
Leaders: Ross and Chris Beech
- 7.00 am
- Meet at Alfred Street carpark building, Blenheim [free weekend parking].
- Some transport from Waikawa to Blenheim may be arranged if necessary.
- 7.15 am
- Penrith property of John and Robyn Cuddon, Marlborough Ridge, Fairhall
- Southern valleys landscapes at sunrise
- Walk through landscaped woodland to wetland lake with a range of waterfowl.
- 9.00 am
- Travel to Pete and Chick Anderson’s property on New Renwick Road.
- Enjoy the ambience of this unique architecturally designed home, with an extensive garden along Mill Stream, and adjacent Matua vineyards.
- 10.30 am
- Travel up Brancott Road to the Brancott Heritage Centre.
- Tea/coffee break [buy your own]
- Views over the Wairau plains
- Marlborough Falcon Trust: demonstration of falconry with falconer Diana Dobson and Fern, the falcon
- 11.30 am
- Return to Blenheim, then Picton.
There is a $5 charge for this field trip.
FIELD TRIP No. 3
Saturday 26th August 9am - 12noon
This is a unique opportunity to make some authentic Maori portraits. It will be an exciting, learning, and fun cultural experience.
The Waikawa Marae is within walking distance from Port Marlborough Pavilion at Endeavour Park, which is the venue for the 2017 Seddon Shield.
The Te Ati awa tribe will welcome our group onto the marae, as per tribal protocol, with a traditional powhiri.
This includes, singing, informative talk about the Meeting house, Waka and surrounds. We will join together with a cup of tea and chat between both parties. This will cement our acceptance to the Marae and we can then carry on with our photography session.
The Elders and others will be our models. Some will be wearing their family Korowhai and other traditional items of dress, and possibly holding a Mere.
We are able to photograph the Elders in and around the meeting house. We can also photograph the Waka and other carvings outside the Meeting house. Prior to this Workshop we will inform participants of the full protocols and requirements for this event. The fee of $15 pp will offset Koha and other costs which will enable the Marae to benefit from our visit.
There are limited numbers for this workshop.