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Field Trips - Friday 24 November

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Upper Waikato River

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The Waikato River has a chain of eight hydro-electricity generation stations that contribute significantly to New Zealand’s renewable electricity generation but that also restrict fish passage. We will visit Karapiro Hydro Power Station where an elver trap-and-transfer programme is underway and the Whakamaru area where environmental restoration sites have been funded by the Waikato Catchment Ecological Enhancement Trust (WCEET). We will hear Waikato Regional Council staff about catchment management in the upper river and from Mercury Energy and Raukawa representatives on co-management of the river’s resources. To cap the trip off we will visit the geothermal gem Orakei Korako.

Departs from and returns to: Claudelands Events Centre
Departure time: 8.00am
Return time: 6.00pm

Price: $100.00 per person (Price includes Orakei Korako)

Haerenga ki te kei o te Waka o Tainui – Lower Waikato River Field Trip

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The lower Waikato River inherits the consequences of the upper Waikato river activities. It is a genuine indicator of the health and well being of the Waikato and Waipa Rivers. Take this haerenga (journey) from Kirikiriroa (Hamilton) past te huinga o ngā wai (the meeting of the Waipā and Waikato waters) to the lower Waikato Lakes, reflecting the impacts of confiscation and cultural history in the restoration projects of the lower Waikato. We will also hear the history of Waikato-Tainui, the impacts of confiscation and visit key historic areas adjacent to pest fish eradication, eel and habitat restoration projects.

8am Depart Kirikiriroa (Hamilton)

8.30am Te Huinga o ngaa wai - The confluence of the Waikato and Waipa Rivers
Understanding the influence of the Waipa River on the Lower Waikato catchment focussing on the impacts of soil erosion, sedimentation and deposition.

9.15am Taupiri Maunga (Taupiri Mountain) – Mangawara Stream
Acknowledging the Maunga and the resting place of our tribal ancestors. Discussing the erosion and water management issues of Taupiri Maunga and the impacts of the Mangawara River that flow in the Waikato River.

10am Morning Tea at Te Ahurei - Huntly Power Station
Kanae Kakariki to discuss their 3 year restoration project along the Waikato River between Huntly and Rangiriri.

10.45am Tuna Restoration Project – Lake Okowhao
Site visit to see the eel restoration project. Collaborative project between Waahi Whaanui Trust, Genesis Energy and Waikato-Tainui.

11.30am Eel Processing Factory – Te Kauwhata
Site visit to the processing factory to see first hand the production of eel and its marketing and demands.

12.15pm Lunch – Rangiriri Battle Site
Hear the history of the Battle of Rangiriri and the invasion into central Waikato region. Discuss the restoration of the wetlands and restoring the link between the Waikato River and adjacent Lakes.

1.15pm Lake Waikare and Lake Kopuera
Site visit to the Koi Digester Project, a collaboration between Ngaa Muka Development Trust (not Ngati Naho) and should include Waikato District Council. Discuss the impacts of the Whangamarino Wetland, the flood protection scheme, Koi populations and cultural values associated with the Lakes and Wetland.

2.15pm Return to Hamilton via Hakarimata Road to Ngaruawahia and then to Hamilton.

3pm Arrive in Hamilton.

Price: $60.00 per person

Kaituna River Field Trip - Proudly Sponsored by DHI


The Kaituna River is Rotorua Raftings playground, with an all kiwi crew and home to not just one but three awesome waterfalls, including the highest rafted waterfall in the world, Tutea Falls at 7m there is no denying that there is something amazing about this trip!
Whether you are a first time rafter or a white water legend, let Rotorua Rafting guide you through one of the most beautiful rivers that New Zealand has to offer. The extra bonus is that the Kaituna River is also the one of the warmest rivers in New Zealand.
The Kaituna River has long been the source of life for the local iwi (tribe). It supplied Kai (food) and wai (water) needed for survival. However it has not always been a peaceful place, for centuries the local warriors of Ngati Hinerangi battled to keep their Taonga (treasure) that is the Kaituna.
Now 200 years on with Rotorua Rafting you are the warrior, battling Papatuanuku (Earth Mother) against one of it's most powerful elements and the 7 metre waterfall.
Dressed in the highest standard equipment and being guided by world champion guides, you are sure to be victorious in your battle

Departs from and returns to: Claudelands Events Centre
Departure time: 8.00am
Return time: 5.00pm

10:00am - 12:00pm - Rafting Kaituna River with Rotorua Rafting
12:00pm - 1:00pm - BBQ Lunch next to the Kaituna River
1:00pm - 1:30pm - Travel to Mouth of Kaituna River
1:30pm - 3:00pm - Site visit to Kaituna RE-Diversion Project which will be in the early stages of construction

Price: $65.00 per person (Price includes BBQ lunch)

Waikato Peat Lakes

Waikato Peat Lake

Peat lakes are distinctive features in the Waikato Region, having formed alongside the once large areas of peat bogs. Now they are mostly found in pastoral landscapes and subject to water level change, nutrient enrichments and peat shrinkage. Efforts to restore these lakes include the Living Water partnership between Fonterra and the Department of Conservation who are working together to improve biodiversity and water quality across three peat lakes. This trip will highlight some of the projects being undertaken at Lakes Areare, Rotomānuka and Ruatuna.

A visit to the National Wetland Centre will also be included depending on timing and number who register for this field trip.

Departs from and returns to: Claudelands Events Centre
Departure time: 8.30am
Return time: 2.30pm

Price: $55.00 per person

Urban stream restoration in Hamilton

Urban stream restoration

Hamilton’s urban gully systems are a unique ecological feature of the city and are a central focus of a city-wide restoration programme for indigenous ecosystems. This trip will showcase some of the restoration projects and research being undertaken around the city, focusing on Bankwood and Mangakotukutuku Streams.

Work has included fish passage enhancements, installation of artificial instream habitats, riparian enhancement and wetland creation. We will also get the chance to meet some of New Zealand’s unique native fish.

Departs from and returns to: Claudelands Events Centre
Departure time: 8.30am
Return time: 1.00pm

Price: $55.00 per person

a collaboration between Ngaa Muka Development Trust (not Ngati Naho) and should include Waikato District Council.

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