Rotorua Botanical Society Field Trips

Please note: We would like intending participants to give the leader a call during the week before the trip. This will give the leader an idea of the party, and enable them to give you any last minute information. If the leader is not available contact Paul Cashmore 07 349-7432 (wk), 027 650 7264.

The meeting place for all trips, unless otherwise stated, is the carpark between the Convention Centre and the Police Station, Fenton Street, Rotorua (hereinafter called "the Rotorua carpark"). We will carpool with a donation for petrol expenses for cars/boats to drivers please.

Reminder to trip leaders: Please remember to collect the first aid kit and PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) from John Hobbs or supply your own. You are also responsible for delegating the writing up of the trip report or writing it yourself and getting it to the editor within 4 weeks of the trip. A very brief report is much better than no report! If you have email send the report to: jffhobbs@clear.net.nz (Note: IBM compatible Word 2007 preferred).

Saturday 27th Jan – Mon 29 January Anniversary Weekend Trip - Te Maika Penninsula)(combined with Waikato Botanical Society)

Leader : Thomas Emmitt temmitt@doc.govt.nz. or ph 07 878 1050 (wk) 07 280 7142 (hm) 0275405762 (mob)
Meet: Kawhia Wharf @ 7pm 26th January
Grade : Easy-Medium
Accommodation: We will be staying in a bach on the peninsula and there is also space for camping. The bach has room for 12 and there is room for around 6 tents. Please bring a $5 koha per person for the accommodation. There is no electricity but there is cell phone reception and a solar charger for your phones. Depending on numbers it will be about $40pp to get to and from the peninsula by ferry.
Bring : Food, bedding, clothes, sturdy footwear, togs and towel, torch, $$ for ferry and accommodation.

Te Maika peninsula sits at the southern entrance to Kawhia harbour. The peninsula has a long history of Pre European and European settlement the latest occurring in the 50’s when many of the bach’s were erected. By the 1940’s much of the vegetation had been cleared. The peninsula is now regenerating and farming has stopped and stock removed. There is still a problem with wild horses, pigs and goats.

The area has many areas to explore including a large freshwater wetland, coastal cliffs, dunes and regenerating coastal forest.

Please confirm your attendance by 19th January. Spaces are limited.

Sunday 11 February – Puaiti Scenic Reserve, Atiamuri

Leader : Paul Cashmore 07 349 7432 (wk) /027 650 7264 pcashmore@doc.govt.nz
Meet : The carpark Rotorua at 8am or cnr of Te Kopia and Puaiti Rds, Atiamuri 8:45am.
Grade : Medium

This reserve was last visited by the RBS in late 1990’s. It contains an example of late successional forest with rewarewa as the dominant canopy cover.  Of interest are the pre-emergent matai and miro in combination with a large number of adventive species which indicates a considerable European influence within this area, this site being used by early settlers for picnics.  

Sunday 11 March – Whakamarama wetlands revisited, Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park (combined with Waikato Botanical Society)

Leader : Kerry Jones.  07 855 9700 / 027 747 0733 / km8j1s@gmail.com
Host : Anne Mackersey.                
Meet : Whakamarama Hall at 9:30am (Opposite the school). To get the Whakamarama Hall head north from Tauranga on SH2, go through Te Puna and then over the Te Puna Stream Bridge.  After the bridge turn left on to Barrett Road. Then left on to Old State Highway and then right on to Whakamarama Road.  The Whakamarama Hall is about 4.5 km up Whakamarama Road (Opposite the school).
Grade: Medium

Following on from 2016 successful visit to explore wetlands at Whakamarama we have decided to return with our host to venture further up the track to explore another wetland.

Saturday 24th March – Mt Tarawera (Combined with Forest and Bird and Waikato Botanical Society and Forest and Bird) (Sunday 25th reserve day if Sat is wet)

Leader: Paul Cashmore 07 349 7432 (wk) or 027 650 7264          pcashmore@doc.govt.nz
Meet : DOC Rotorua Office, 99 Sala St, Rotorua, go in Scion (Forest Research) north entrance and turn left before the locked gates 8:30am or DOC Ashpit Road campground, Lake Rerewhakaaitu at 9:15am.
Grade :Medium-Hard and in particular confident walking on steep mobile scoria slopes and along high and sharp ridges. 
Registration: Minimum age 14 years old. Maximum of 25 people on trip on a first come basis but must register first with Paul Cashmore by Monday 19 March at latest. 
Cost: Free
Bring: Minimum 2 litres water, lunch and snacks, wet weather and warm gear, sun hat, sunblock, boots or sturdy shoes, gaiters and/or leggings an advantage for loose scoria, gloves for pulling out pines

We will be driven to the top of Mt Tarawera by 4WD bus and vehicle to the crater rim and hear a bit about the history and ecological values of the mountain. We will be led by Ruawahia trustees and DOC staff with assistance from Kaitiaki Tours. This year we will climb onto the top of Ruawahia dome with time to take in the flora, fauna and 360 degree views of the Bay of Plenty. We will then spend the rest of the day on the Tarawera ‘fan’ helping to handpull wilding conifer seedlings to assist the Ruawahia Wilding Conifer Project which aims to control the spread of wilding conifers in order to protect the unique values on the mountain.

Saturday 28th April Piripai Spit

Leader: Sarah Beadel  07 345 5912 or 021‑924‑476; Sarah.Beadel@wildlands.co.nz 
Meet: The carpark Rotorua 8am or The Hub Whakatane at 9am
Grade: Easy

Explore sand dunes and see spinifex and pingao and maybe katipo. Also a chance to see Thornton kanuka and maybe dwarf mistletoe if we get access.

May-Rotorua Botanical Society Lecture Paul Champion – Living the life aquatic

Venue : To be confirmed 
Time :  7:30pm
Further information to be provided.

Sunday 13 May – Western Bays track - Waihaha River section to Western Bay, Lake Taupo (Combined with Waikato Botanical Society)

Leader :  Chris Bycroft 07 345 3840  chris.bycroft@wildlands.co.nz (email preferred)
Meet : The carpark Rotorua 8 am or the Waihaha Carpark at 9:30 am.
Grade : Easy track condition, medium distance covered

We will meet either in Rotorua or at the Waihaha Track carpark on State Highway 35 (times may be adjusted closer to the time).  We will head towards the Western Bay of Lake Taupo along the cycle trail.  This is a very scenic part of the Lake Taupo Cycle trail with good views of the Waihaha River and 37 m tall Tieke Falls. We may leave some vehicles at the end of Waihaha Road to make this a round trip of approximately 10-12 km in length.

Sunday 10 June –Okataina Scenic Reserve Bushwalk

Leader : John Hobbs 07 348 6620 julfoxfoxhot@gmail.com
Meet : The carpark Rotorua at 8:30 or 9:00 am at the entrance to the Outdoor Education Centre
Grade : Medium with hopefully only a little hill climbing but off-track.

Old cut-over tawa-podocarp forest east of the southern end of the Okataina straight.

Monday 18 June - Annual General Meeting and Speaker

Venue : DOC Rotorua Office, 99 Sala St, Rotorua, go in Scion (Forest Research) north entrance and turn left before the locked gates. 
Time :  6 pm

Wine, juice, cheese and nibbles will be provided.
Following the meeting there will be a guest speaker Richard Pender on “The Hawaiian Flora: Biogeography, Adaptive Radiation, and Adaptive Shifts”

Sunday 1st July - Waimangu Scenic Reserve

Leader: Martin Pearce ph 073491929. mpearce21@xtra.co.nz
Meet: The car park Rotorua at 8.30am or at Waimangu Visitor Centre 9.00am
Grade: Easy
Cost: Locals rate. $19.00pp

We’ll follow the path through the reserve, through the regenerating forest, geothermal sites and down to the wetland sites closer to the lake. A wide range of species through the different areas. We can either bus back up or hike back to the visitor centre.

Mid Winter - Rotorua Botanical Society Lecture - Graeme Jane & Gael Donaghy - Of horses and Mountains of Central Asia - Russian Caucasus and western Tien Shan Mts Kazakhstan

Venue : To be confirmed
Time :  7:30pm
From one extreme to the other, we stayed in a remote mountain hut at 2000 m in the Aksu-Zhabagly Nature Reserve  in the western Tien Shan mountains in Kazakhstan, traveling much higher each day by horseback and then stayed at a ski resort in Dombai in the Karachay-Cherkess Republic in the Russian Caucasus and travelled by ski lift or van. The two areas have much in common, including strong cultural links, those imposed by Stalin and many of the same or similar plants.

Sunday 5 August - Ngamanawa Kauri

Leader: Angela Simpson 021239 2554 simpson.angela1@gmail.com
Meet : The carpark in Rotorua 8:30 or TECT all Terrain Park at 9am
Grade : Medium

Explore some of the most southern natural kauri stands  (in the world).  Found out which kauri associate species may be present.  

Sunday 9 September – Leslie Road Conservation Area (Combined with Rotorua and Waikato Botanical Society)

Leader : Paul Cashmore 07 349 7439 (wk) / 027 650 7264  Email: pcashmore@doc.govt.nz
Meet : Te Waihou (Blue Spring) Carpark, Leslie Rd off SH 28 –(start of Te Waihou walkway). (Note this is not the same as Lower Blue Spring Carpark on SH 28 at bottom of Te Waihou walkway). at 9:30am
Grade : Easy- Moderate

We will head up Leslie Rd and explore the never before botanised DOC administered Leslie Rd Conservation Area.  At 226 ha this large block borders both sides of Leslie Rd offering good access to a variety of habitats near roadside including tawa-mangeao-rewarewa forest, rimu -tawa-pukatea forest as well as shrubland and regenerating forest further up on the main ridge. The reserve is bordered by farmland and exotic plantations and further indigenous forest in Kinleith Forest on edge of Mamaku plateau. As this area is seldom visited by botanists it will be great to get a species list together.

Sunday 7 October – Meremere Scenic Reserve, Motu Rd

Leader :  Mike Butcher ph 07 3157160 / 0274 555610 email mikebutchernz@xtra.co.nz
Meet : Opotiki I-site/DOC office at 9:00am. Option of going over on Saturday  night with accommodation.
Grade :  Moderate to hard

A large DOC reserve bordering the Motu Rd of 1367 ha dominated by tawa forest with areas of hard beech on the ridges in the lower parts through to hard beech/tawari and tawa/tawari forest in higher altitude ‘montane’ areas associated with toatoa. Plenty of habitat to explore.

Saturday 13 October - Okareka Mistletoe Restoration Project Weed Control/Plant Releasing Work Day

Leader : Paul Cashmore 07 349 7432 (wk) or 027 650 7264 pcashmore@doc.govt.nz
Meet : Cnr Summit and Loop Rds, Okareka (lake end) @ 8:45 AM
Grade : Medium-Hard – Activities suitable for all ages and abilities will be provided. This will include releasing our plantings from weed growth and doing further weed control.

Sunday 11 November - Nash Covenants, Woodlands Rd, Waihi Revisited. (Combined with Waikato Botanical Society)

Leader : Dell Hood  027 521 9260  dhood@xtra.co.nz
Meet : End of Woodlands Rd (NOTE northern end 25 mins south of Waihi) at 9:30am.
Grade : Moderate 

Return visit to the Nash QEII covenant, described by QEII as ‘about 38ha of semi coastal primary modified forest on reasonably gentle land with very good access.  Our previous visit was one of the highlights of last year’s programme, and the owner is keen to show us more of the block and to learn more himself. A range of interesting plant species were noted on our last visit including carmine rata..

Sunday 2 December – McLaren Falls Park - Bits and pieces (with Waikato Botanical Society)

Leaders: Graeme Jane & Gael Donaghy 07 5703123 gtjane@kinect.co.nz.
Meet : The carpark Rotorua at 8.30am or McLaren Falls at 9:30am
Grade : Easy to moderate. All routes well formed or across pasture with steeper bits stepped.

Four forest remnants, each with a different flavour. The first is a small area of forest containing swamp maire (easy); the second a gully walk through remnant lowland podocarp forest (easy to moderate); the third another gully walk through some beech forest to a site containing marehau (moderate); and forthly (sic) a lakeside walk with some wetlands (easy). All or some of these may be attempted. And for those otherwise inclined an extensive exotic arboretum scattered throughout with trees often labelled.

Bring bathing togs - an excellent site for a picnic. Lots of other walks.

Suggested Equipment for Day Trips

Lunch, drink, waterproof parka, warm hat, sturdy shoes or boots, sunblock, hand lens, note book, pen & pencil, first aid kit*, compass, GPS, map, whistle, aerial photos, plant species lists, money for drivers petrol expenses.
(* Ensure that there is at least one in your group.)