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Field Trips

Numbers are limited on all field trips. To ensure you don't miss out, book your trip when you register online for the conference.

All Field trips will depart from the Ascot Park Hotel on Wednesday the 7th of December. 

Waikawa Whanau

The Waikawa is a small catchment in the Southern Catlin’s. The field trip will include an overview of the catchment’s rich Maori and European colonial history, through visits to Nohoanga site- history and use, implementation of Mātaitai- location and the mahi that is surrounding that, the implementation of a catchment restoration plan and the Waikawa estuary and Tumu Toka (Curio Bay).

$55.00 per person including GST (price includes lunch) 

Waituna – a system on the edge

This field trip will explore the history, challenges and on-going actions to improve the management of the Waituna Lagoon and catchment.
Waituna Lagoon is highly significant for its ecological, cultural and recreational values and forms part of the internationally recognised Awarua RAMSAR wetland complex. The lagoon sits at the bottom of a small (20,000ha) catchment dominated by dairying and other pastoral land uses. Catchment hydrology has been significantly altered to improve drainage and lagoon water levels have been artificially managed for over 100 years.

Over the last decade Lagoon water quality and ecological health has been under stress due to increases in nutrient concentrations and a decrease in macrophyte cover. In 2011 Environment Southland and partners initiated an emergency response to prevent a further decline in ecosystem health. Since then much work has been undertaken by scientists, the community and various agencies to understand the issues and collectively find ways to improve its management.
We will visit a number of sites around the Lagoon and catchment to share some of the key learnings so far and demonstrate several initiatives being trialed to reduce contaminant losses from the catchment.

$55.00 per person including GST (price includes lunch)  

Aparima and Jacobs River Estuary, Kindly Sponsored by Land Water People

This field trip will explore the history and more recent changes to land use management and environmental monitoring in the Jacobs River Estuary catchment.
The Jacobs River estuary is positioned to the East of the longwoods and colac bay behind the seaside township of Riverton, the main fresh water input is from the Aparima River, originating in the Takitimu Mountains. The catchment provides numerous cultural, recreational, and commercial benefits to the Southland Community.
There is considerable pressure on water resource availability in the catchment, which has resulted in the development of water storage and harvesting of higher flows. Recent monitoring work in the catchment has focused on the implementation of high frequency optical sensor technology revealing important understandings about nutrient transport and supply. The estuary has been showing signs of ecological stress with increasing areas of fine sediment cover and macro algae cover.
We will follow a mountain to sea route through the catchment visiting a number of sites of notable interest along the way including flow harvesting type water takes, wintering systems, gravel extraction, high frequency optical monitoring site, the Jacobs River estuary

$55.00 per person including GST (price includes lunch)  

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This field trip will explore the Waiau catchment from the Mararoa Wier diversion downstream to the river mouth and around the western Southland coast line. We will consider the changes in flow regime and steam habitat with a particular focus on the some of the habitat restoration initiatives that have been carried and are currently in progress

$95.00 inc GST (price includes lunch & dinner)


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Conference Venue


Ascot Park Hotel
Invercargill's premiere hotel and conference centre. 

At the doorway of Invercargill, Ascot Park Hotel offers not only a quality accommodation but also a conference venue with a number of conference rooms and function amenities. Set in stunning Southland, Ascot Park is the gateway to Fiordland, Catlins and the outlying areas of the Southern Province.

Click here to visit their website

Getting To Invercargill


Air New Zealand provides up to 10 daily flights into Invercargill from Christchurch or Wellington, with flights from all other major cities and towns around New Zealand into those two centres. Click here to visit Air NZ website

The Conference Venue - Ascot Hotel, is approx 12 minutes drive from Invercargill Airport.

The Conference organising committee have arranged for bus transport to/from Invercargill airport for all delegates. There is an extra minimal cost for this and all bus tickets must be booked with your registration. Click here for more information on the bus transport.




Conference Dinner Venue


Bill Richardson Transport World is the largest private collection of its type in the world. Home to over 250 vehicles, a wearable arts collection, children’s play zones, The Grille Cafe and themed bathrooms fast becoming as famous as our vehicles. Transport World has something for everyone. 

Date: Thursday 8 December

Theme: 'The Roaring 20's' - click here for costume ideas!

5.30pm: Access to the Museum to view the full collection (delegates own cost)

6.30pm: Pre-Dinner Drinks 

7.00pm: Dinner (set menu)

Dinner will be followed by entertainment from local Invercargill band 'Midnight Cruise'

More Information on the Venue