Environment

Summer explorers wanted

Marlborough Tramping Club will be heading to Cape Campbell in the new year. Photo: Matt Brown.

Department of conservation staff are looking for local explorers with a sense of adventure.

The annual summer explorer programme kicks off early next year and staff hope Marlborough residents will take up the challenge and join in.

Ranger Wendy Sullivan says it gives people the chance to uncover parts of the region they may not know.

“The Summer Explorer Programme is a great way to visit areas you haven’t been and take time to appreciate all that nature offers,” she says.

From an open day on Maud Island, and a boat trip to Pelorus Sound to a free nature treasure hunt at a range of walks, there will be plenty for people of all ages to see and do.

Staff will be on hand to help guide people through some of the best attractions on offer throughout the summer months.

Wendy says the fun starts with four open day on Te Pakeka/Maud Island, as well as a boat trip around Pelorus Sound.

“It’s renowned for its endangered insects and reptiles as well as home to the endangered Maud Island frog, so if you wanted a wildlife experience with a difference, it is well worth booking in,” she says.

Trips will be held on 5, 12, 25 and 26 January, and the boat trip is $135 adults/$65 children

A free nature treasure hunt at Momorangi campground will be held on Thursday 9 January. Rangers will help participants identify their finds with ID apps and books. Suitable for all ages.

Conservation Kids, Kids Conservation Club and East Coast Protection Group are combining forces to offer a three-part holiday series investigating through fun activities the wildlife of Marlborough’s east coast.

A huge range of other activities on offer at Envirohub Marlborough in Picton and Marlborough Tramping Camp will hold two walks, one to the Emerald Pools along the Pelorus River on Wednesday 12 January and Marfells Beach to Cape Campbell lighthouse on Sunday 22 January.

“Heading out with the tramping club on an organised walk is a great way to try out tramping or visit new places in a supportive group, Wendy says.

A full programme and all event details can be found at www.facebook.com/marlboroughconservationevents/events/.

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