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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Papanui Private Beach / Wildlife Tour

Sarah and David M have made an extremely generous offer here! It will probably be easiest if people can organise their own groups of up to 4 (if they want to be driven to the beach) or up to 10 to go by foot, and then contact Sarah and David to make a booking once they've got a group together. Read on for more details from Sarah:

I would like to reoffer for people to make contact with David about a trip to our private beach to view wildlife such as yellow eyed and little blue penguins, seals and sea lions. Usually his charge for private tours is $86 per head, but he would do this for the members of SHEAF for the much more modest price of a native tree per head. Cabbage trees, kowhai, ngaios, etc... anything suitable for this area, very harsh coastal environment. These plants need to be moderate sized (about 1 to 2 feet means a plant is likely to have a good chance of transferring well) and in good condition as they will be placed in an area of new reforestation near the beach, aimed at encouraging female sea lions to breed here. Groups of up to 4 can be taken by 4WD vehicle close to the beach, there will still be walking and a reasonable level of fitness teamed with suitable footwear is great! Groups up to 10 could be guided by foot. Tours would take 1 1/2 to 3 hours depending on the day and level of interest.


The above link should take anyone interested to an article/blogsite by Bruce Elder of Sydney Morning Herald for an inkling of what is on offer. Individuals should contact David directly on our email or by phone and he will endeavour to accommodate everyone over the next couple of months. Obviously this is a working farm and there are seasonal factors and sometimes urgent work comes up at short notice but if dates have to be changed people will be given at least a day's notice. We live at Cape Saunders so it is a bit of a drive, but people can take the oppurtunity to link in with a trip to the Aquarium or Glenfalloch and make a nice outing.
I also highly recommend the sandflats at Harwood for sand sculpture if anyone wants to organise that... Tammy has probably seen what happened when the local arts group did that. Much fun and at different times of year they will last days or weeks.

Sarah M (See your email newsletter or phone list for contact details)

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