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).

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, species lists, money for drivers petrol expenses.
(* Ensure that there is at least one in your group.)

Saturday 28th Jan – Mon 30 January 2017 Anniversary Weekend Trip - Whareorino Revisited (Combined with Waikato Botanical Society)

Leader : Thomas Emmitt (WBS) temmitt@doc.govt.nz. or ph 07 878 1050 (wk) 07 280 7142 (hm) 0275405762 (mob)
Meet: Corner of Fraser Smith Road and Manganui Road, Awakino @ Sat 11am.
Grade : Med-Hard
Accommodation: Tenting and shearers quarters. More info to come closer to the time.
Bring : It may be camping so bring all of those camping things you would normally bring, (tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, something to sit on, cutlery, plates etc. etc), good boots, wet weather gear.

We will be visiting Awakino Scenic Reserve on the Saturday. Awakino Scenic Reserve is a hard beech forest with a coastal influence. On Sunday we will be taking a look around Steuart Russell Reserve, a Native Forest Restoration Trust Reserve which contains the most northern hard beech dominated forest type in New Zealand and as well as a few coastal oddities. On Monday we will have a look around some recently protected wetlands on a local farm.

Saturday 11 February – Karangahake (Warren Coffey Property) (combined with Waikato Botanical Society)

Leader : Yanbin Deng
Meet : The carpark Rotorua at 7:15am or at the bottle at Paeroa 9:00am.
Grade: Medium

70ha of the Coffey property has been designated a SNA by Waikato Regional Council with the tag “Regionally uncommon forest type contiguous with DOC PNA but requires ground truthing”.  We will have a go at ground truthing this.

Sunday 5 March – Otawa Forest Sanctuary Kauri, Te Puke

Leader : Paul Cashmore 07 349 7432 (wk) /027 650 7264 pcashmore@doc.govt.nz
Meet : The carpark Rotorua at 8am or at #1254 No. 3 Rd, Te Puke at 9am.. (Follow No.3 Rd across Raparapahoe Stream bridge on the hairpin bend and you will see the DOC sign in front of you on gate)
Grade : Medium-Hard

We will access the Otawa Forest Sanctuary thru a recently disused quarry which will give us easier access to the forest. Those who want a hard day with some steeper off track work will be heading into the forest behind the quarry and make our way around to a spur off the main ridge. We will hopefully relocate a small stand of natural kauri trees growing on the spur. These are the south-eastern most stand of kauri in the North Island. For those wanting an easier day a separate group will botanise the native forest in and around the old quarry edges and access roads.

Sat 18th March – Mt Tarawera (Combined with Forest and Bird and Waikato Botanical Society) (Sunday 19th 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 30 people on trip on a first come basis but must register first with Paul Cashmore by Monday 13 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 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.

Sunday 2 April  - Pakihi Track, Urutawa near Opotiki

Leaders: Graeme Jane & Gael Donaghy 07 5703123 gtjane@kinect.co.nz. Mike Butcher ph 073157160 / 0274555610 email mikebutchernz@xtra.co.nz
Meet: The carpark Rotorua at 7:45am or Opotiki I-site/DOC office at 9:30am. Option of going over on Saturday  night.
Grade:  Easy to moderate

Following Pakihi Track from the Otara Road end - now a mountain bike tourist route. Passes through lowland hard beech and podocarp forest along the Otara River in steep valleys or the upper end from the Old Motu Rd to the hut through rich podocarp, and red and hard beech forest.

Saturday 8 April – 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 last years 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.

Sunday 7 May – Motuoapa Peninsula & Wetland, Lake Taupo

Leader: Tony Lawson ph 0274 076 580 tony_lawson44@hotmail.com
Meet: The carpark Rotorua at 8:00am  or at Motuoapa location TBC 9:30am
Grade: Medium

Motuoapa wetland and peninsula are ecologically important sites on E edge of Lake Taupo with a large forested headland and extensive wetland complex between SH1 and Lake Taupo. Areas we will visit will be confirmed closer to time.

Sunday 11  June – Maungaongaonga Scenic Reserve, near Waiotapu 

Leader: Martin Pearce 07 3491929 - mpearce21@xtra.co.nz
Meet: The carpark Rotorua at 8.30 or 9.00 at Benny Bee Tearooms, Waiotapu 27km south of Rotorua
Grade: Medium/Hard

Walking up farmland to an area of native bush near a small geothermal field.  We will skirt the edge of  the geothermal area and head towards the summit to an area not visited by RBS before. There are no existing tracks so it could be a bit of a bush bash.

Monday 19 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 Paul Champion on threatened aquatic plant species.

Sunday 2 July – Waiotahi Scenic Reserve, Waiotahi Valley, Opotiki

Leader:  Mike Butcher ph 07 3157160 / 0274 555610 email mikebutchernz@xtra.co.nz
Meet: The carpark Rotorua at 8.00am or Waiotahi Hall at 9.30am
Grade: Medium

Waiotahi Scenic Reserve adjoins the western edge of the Waiotahi River. At 261 ha this reserve comprises a mix of both primary and secondary forest. The primary vegetation is comprised of beech (both black and hard) on the ridges, tawa forest on the ridge sides and in gullies and small patches of kahikatea forest along the river terraces.

Sunday 6 August – TECT Park Forest Remnants, Te Matai

Leaders: Graeme Jane & Gael Donaghy 07 5703123 gtjane@kinect.co.nz
Meet: The carpark Rotorua 8.30 am or 9.15 am at TECT carpark off SH 36
Grade: Very easy but 3 minor creek crossings

Following the old Ngawaro Road into fringes of gorges and perhaps some areas along the forest fringes. As stated "Bog Standard Mamaku forest".  Good vistas of the Upokokotio Stream gorge forests and plenty opportunity to study a wide range of species. Probably a loop track depending on progress rate.

August - Rotorua Botanical Society Lecture – Graeme Jane - Trinidad and Tobago

Date and Venue: To be announced nearer the time
Time:  7:30pm

Trinidad and Tobago are two tropical Islands of the Caribbean and part of a chain of island republics that stretch from Florida to Venezuela. Our visit was prompted by a request from the Commonwealth of Learning (based in Canada) for help in education but allowed time to explore the part of the main island of Trinidad.  Poverty is widely evident and much of the population derived from African slaves or indentured labour from India and the various waves of European settlement. Much of the island is heavily modified from a long history of cultivation  and even the most natural areas of rain forest have been modified by plantations and have reverted.

Saturday 9 September – Myosotis pottsiana sites – Galatea Foothills, Urewera

Leader: Sarah Beadel 07 345 5912 or 021 924 476; Sarah.Beadel@wildlands.co.nz
Meet: The carpark in Rotorua at 8am.
Grade: Moderate

We will explore one of the streams (Mangamako/Ohutu/Waikokopu) in the Galatea Foothills and see one of the six only known populations of Myosotis pottsiana, a small native forget-me-not classed as Threatened-Nationally Critical.  There are many other interesting plant species along in these stream margins, including Peperomia urvilleana, Helichrysum lanceolatum, and  Athropodium candidum.

September Rotorua Botanical Society Lecture – Dr Peter Heenan

Venue and time:  To be announced next year (date to be confirmed).

Sunday 8 October – Western Bays track - Waihaha River section to Western Bay, Lake Taupo

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

More detail will be provided in the mid-year edition of the newsletter.  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. 

Saturday 14 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.

Friday 3 - Sat 4 November (Sunday 5 November optional) - East Cape revisited #11

Leader: Tim Senior, ph 0800 884 881 ext 6010 or 07 315 7371 (hm)
Meet: For those coming on Friday meet at Tims bach on the Friday night. For those coming on Sat morning check with Tim for time.
Grade: To be advised
Cost: $10 donation for accommodation for those staying Sat night.

Location is yet to be determined but we may botanise some coastal forest (possibly up the Haparapara river to the Nga Whenua Rāhui ‘core’ area – Ngapukeriki) if river conditions permit.  We have been offered Tim’s bach on a QEII covenant at Whanarua for the Saturday night, for the first six takers only but plenty of room for camping.

Sunday 3 December – Killarney (Tuahu Lakes), Te Aroha (combined with Waikato Botanical Society)

Leader: Paul Cashmore 07 349 7432 (wk) or 027 650 7264 pcashmore@doc.govt.nz
Meet: Carpark Rotorua at 8am or at cnr of Te Aroha Gordon Rd and Thompsons Rd 9:30am
Grade: Medium
Bring: Gumboots for wetland

These two rarely visited small lakelets tucked away in amongst the exotic plantations of Waihou Forest support the largest area of wetland vegetation in the Te Aroha ecological district.  Although not extensive this vegetation is very diverse, ranging from mesotrohic raupo reedland to acid peat bog vegetation with abundant sphagnum. The rare native water milfoil Myriophyllum robustum occurs at this site. If we have time we may head into the stream in the foothills behind the lakelets to see the king fern population.