Saturday 11 November, 8:15am. Duration: 7 hours.
$38 - includes bus and lunch supplied by our host.
Limited to 36
We visit the Gardner Family farm bordering the Kaipara Harbour. This 1300 hectare farm has been in the family for over 150 years. 400 hectares of the farm is part of a conservation project started in 2005. This is an amazing opportunity to traverse private land and see unique habitats.
Made up largely of coastal native forest margin and salt marsh wetland, the area boasts rare populations of Fernbird and Banded Rail, and is host to a large number of other native bird species. The saltmarsh area is a significant roosting ground for arctic waders as well as local migrants. There is evidence of pre-European occupation of Mataia.
There are great views of roosting sites for wading-birds, including Godwits, Lesser knots, South Island Pied Oyster Catchers, Pied Stilts as well as Caspian Terns. Yhis is tide and weather dependent - fingers crossed.
The track winds inland through protected native bush and eventually back to our bus pickup. Home-made lunch will be served on the trail. This walk and associated hospitality always get rave reviews so book early.
This walk is relatively long, at around 10km, but is mainly flat and easy-going terrain.