This Eco Trek is a Half Day tour of Wellington’s extraordinary natural flora and fauna. Wellington is a compact, cosmopolitan City. Yet this rocky, stormy city is also home to a world-renowned conservation shelter where New Zealand’s endangered wildlife is regenerating.
The tour departs from central Wellington and we travel past some of the city’s most famous icons on our way to Otari Wiltons Bush. Only 15 minutes from downtown Wellington. this is the only Botanic gardens in New Zealand completely dedicated to Native plants. It is also listed as a ‘Garden of National Significance’ by the New Zealand Gardens Trust.
The park consists of over 100 hectares of New Zealand Native plants that grow naturally in the Wellington region. As well as 5 hectares of plant collections from other parts of New Zealand.
The Trek starts at the Waharoa (Maori for entrance) and we head through the Fernery and examine some of the undergrowth on our way to pay tribute to Job Wilton who first secured the area as a Bush Reserve. We then head down to the creek, all the while looking out for the Native birds the frequent the area. Including Kereru, Tui, Kaka, Kakariki and Karearea to name a few.
At the creek we can spot Tuna (long finned Eel) before heading up to the highlight of the trek; a Rimu tree estimated to be over 800 years old. From there we head back up to the Canopy Walkway where we can see the trees as the birds see them.
Finally we get back into the vehicle and stop at the Stellin Memorial Lookout for fabulous views over the Downtown area & Harbour before returning to the City.
3 hour tour / Pick up from hotel at 9.30am or 1.30pm / Return: 12.30pm or 4.30pm
Bottled Water Included / Pick-up/drop-off in central Wellington accommodation
Fitness required: Medium to High