You will experience a personalized 4 hour guided hike through the private Sub-Alpine Beech forest on our mountain property. The hike will include hands on education about New Zealand's unique terrestrial ecology, how to identify the main forest species of a beech forest and how Maori and early European settlers used native species in their every day lives. You will also learn about the challenges NZ native flora and fauna face from introduced pest species and the work being done to eradicate them. You will actively participate in checking traps and recording predator and pest control data, including learning how to do a 5 minute bird count to monitor predator control effectiveness. During the hike you will see marble karst formations and bluffs with incredible views into the Riwaka Valley and beyond. You will explore sink holes which are part of the marble cave systems that lie beneath Takaka Hill and visit 100 year old logging camp clearings in the valley that only we have access to! You may discover new logging artifacts and other items from this time. When we return you will enjoy a lunch of home grown produce and baking.
I am an experienced conservationist having worked in the fields of water, renewable energy, waste minimization and environmental conservation. I have BSc App Science in Environmental Studies with a Post Grad. Dip in Secondary Education and currently completing a Masters in Environmental anagement. I'm the co-founder of the Takaka Hill Biodiversity Group whose goal is to protect the unique ecosystems on Takaka Hill private properties. I live with my family on a 94 acre Beech Forest property that borders a section of the Kahurangi National Park that is rarely seen.
A light snack is provided before the hike and lunch provided when we return. Please advise any dietary requirements.
Pick up and drop off can be arranged on enquiry.
Because the guided hike is on private property you will get to experience a part of Takaka Hill-Marble Mountain that very few people have experienced.
1. Please let me know if you have any medical conditions 2. NZ weather can change quickly, bring a warm and water proof clothing layer, for example a rain jacket, wool hat and gloves