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Land use and hydrology in the Central North Island

This field trip will take conference attendees from Taupo (depart Sunday morning) to Napier (arrive Sunday night) with a technical programme during the day that includes: The Lake Taupo Protection Project – 20 years of science, community and policy implementation to protect the quality of Lake Taupo; the Tahaura catchment and discussion with HBRC of groundwater and surface water response to reductions in dairy-stock density; Land Corp Rangitaiki Station – transforming agriculture (markets, footprints and water) and the GNS Science SOS site – real time data and modelling through the ‘cloud’.

Cost: $103.50 per person
Date: Sunday 26 November



Brookvale and Te Mata Peak

Te Mata Peak, behind Havelock North, gives 360° views of Hawke’s Bay. Visitors can see Napier and Mahia Peninsula to the north and east, hill country to the south and east, and the Ruahine, Kaweka and Maungaharuru ranges beyond the fertile Heretaunga Plains. Mount Ruapehu is often visible in the distance.
Te Mata Peak was gifted in perpetuity to the community in 1927 and managed by a small group of volunteer trustees, the 99 hectare Park is a recreational, historical and cultural treasure. Standing 399 metres above the Heretaunga Plains, Te Mata Peak is both a visual feature and an integral part of Hawke’s Bay history, Maori and European. Enjoyed by over 200,000 people annually, the Park offers visitors stunning and varied scenery, unique topography, geology, flora and fauna and a wide range of recreational activities.

Price: $100.00 per person
Date: Friday 1 December


Roys Hill and Heretaunga Plains

Roy’s Hill is a redeveloped site that was transformed into a park for families to enjoy with landscaping, a walking track and other facilities including a car park. Roy’s Hill is situated within the famous Gimblett Gravels wine growing area and it is one of New Zealand’s leading wine producing areas.

The Heretaunga Plains is a 300 square kilometres alluvial plain at the southern end of Hawkes Bay. The plain was formed over the last 250,000 years from sediment deposited by the Tutaekuri, Ngaruroro and Tukituki Rivers and from coastal marine deposits. It consists of layers of gravel, sand and silt. Permeable gravel beds form aquifers and the artesian groundwater provides 85% of the requirements for public water supply, irrigation and industrial use on the Heretaunga Plains and adjacent areas.

Price: $90.00 per person
Date: Friday 1 December

Abstracts Close In

Key Dates

  • Abstract submissions open – 1 Jun
  • Abstract submissions close – 13 Aug
  • Author notification –20 Sept
  • Earlybird registration closes – 21 Oct