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Hawkes Bay Field Trip
Friday 12th April
Start 10.30 amMeet at either the Information Centre on Marine Parade OR the carpark of the Bluewater Hotel (10 West Quay, Ahuriri), whichever is the closest to your accommodation. We have a van for each location.
Site visit to Plant Hawke’s Bay:
This is a small wholesale revegetation nursery specialising in eco-sourced Hawke’s Bay native plants.Set up by Marie Taylor in 2005 on land leased from Landcorp at Ahuriri Station, it has grown to sell 150,000 plants a year.
- 12.30 pm - Lunch at Snapper Park Beach Holiday Café. BYO (Buy your own, they have a particularly excellent broccoli salad).
- 2 pm - Plant Production Stock beds.
- 3.30 pm - Esk Hills maybe with a cold beer or glass of wine and take in the view or
- the Westshore Pub, which has an extensive range of Craft beers. Esk Hills is an extensive subdivision on the Bayview hills, and surrounding 40 hectares of kanuka forest.It is the closest forested area to Napier City, and significant plantings were begun by the developer and continued each year by the Esk Hills Residents’ Association.Now the focus is on enrichment plantings to replace the kanuka canopy.We will meet Gary Pollock who has chaired the association and been closely involved in restoration work in the commonly held plantings.We will meet at the Pavilion then explore the northern reserve.There is an excellent network of tracks, and just down the hill a little is the incomparable Esk Valley Estate Winery which closes at 5pm every day, and which also features native restoration plantings.
Friday Night Dinner – Time to relax and discuss the day. We are booked in at Crab Farm Winery. You are responsible for paying for your own meals and drinks.
Time to be confirmed.
Saturday 13th April
Start 8.30 amMeet at either the Information Centre on Marine Parade OR the carpark of the Bluewater Hotel (10 West Quay, Ahuriri), whichever is the closest to your accommodation.
9 am - Visit to Gourmet Blueberry Production Facility.
10.30 am - Visit to Oderings’ Nursery on the Gimblett Road site. Morning tea provided.
12.30 pm – Lunch at Gimblett Gravels wine district somewhere, at your own expense.
2 pm - Visit Crasbourne Orchards and Pack House
Enjoy views of historic oak trees as we drive along Ormand Road on our way to AMS.
4 pm – Visit AMS, walk around with a cold beer or wine or relax up the road at The Filter room, home of Hawke’s Bay Independent Brewery.
An alternate trip on Saturday for those who are interested, is to Kaweka Forest with the Hawke’s Bay Botanical Group which is chaired by Marie Taylor.
Meet at Farmlands Napier in Prebenson Drive at around 8.30am to carpool to the forest.We will meet Dave Coe, the Forestry Operations Co-ordinator Kaweka for Pan Pac Forest Products Ltd who will be our guide for the day.Among the highlights of the day will be the Burns Range vegetation and views, and a wetland which features Phormium tenax grading into hybrids up a hillside and then into Phormium cookianum.Bring your own lunch, coat, boots etc; and register for this trip with Marie by email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday Night Dinner - own arrangements.Refer to the list of restaurants.
Sunday 14th April
Start 8 am
Visit Hastings Farmers’ market for breakfast at your own cost.
10 am – Visit Te Mata Peak for morning tea and a hill walk. Visit one of Hawke’s Bay’s ecological hot spots – the home of Pimelea mimosa and the Te Mata form of Chionochloa flavicans.
Bring sturdy footwear for a hill walk to get a close look at the limestone cliff vegetation as well as enjoying the spectacular views of Hawke’s Bay.