Field Trips

Choose from one of three

Field trips will be held on Thursday afternoon

Mauao Field Trip

Mauao is a taonga (valued possession), and the prominent natural feature of Tauranga Moana. With its significant historical value to local Iwi and Hapu, Mauao is an important part of their whakapapa (geneology) and tapu (sacred) featuring extensively in local mythology. While Tauranga harbour, the sandy beaches at Mt Maunganui, and the Papamoa hills/ Kaimai Ranges are the landscape canvas, Mauao is the focus. When you have lived in Tauranga for some time, seeing Mauao when returning to Tauranga enhances that feeling of arrival.

From the summit of Mauao fantastic views can be enjoyed out to the ocean and harbour, the mountains, volcanoes, and islands beyond. On a good day views can stretch to the north towards Coromandel, south to Maketu, Putauaki (Mt Edgecumbe) and Otanewainuku and west to the Kaimai Ranges. Equally rewarding is a walk around Mauao, with sand, shell and boulder beaches, rocky reefs, and varied views with surprising wilderness, and then the largest port in NZ. Walking around or to the summit are arguably two of the best one-hour walks in the country located right here in the Tauranga Moana.

Our conference speakers Dean Flavell and Jack Thatcher will share some of the history, celestial and maritime knowledge, and other stories for those who join this field trip. Joining this field trip is a must if you don’t know Tauranga. It includes a ferry trip (less than 5 minutes’ walk from the conference venue) across the harbour to a jetty at the base of Mauao and then a guided walk.  

This field trip is proudly sponsored by Rosenfeld Kidson

Kopurererua Valley Cycle/Bus Tour

Kopurererua Valley Reserve is a 258 hectare area of wetlands, cycling and walking paths within Tauranga.  It has been developed in partnership with Ngāi Tamarawaho hapu, who have worked together with Tauranga City Council on these multi-model projects.

Kopurererua Valley Reserve, or K Valley, is Tauranga’s largest reserves and is absolutely stunning with a variety of different experiences, from farmland to native bush land and ponds, including the new overbridge which was built in partnership with NZTA. Attendees will be given a guided tour of the valley reserve, hearing about the features and history of the area. 

There is the option of cycling from the venue to the valley and bikes can be provided.  There is also a bus option to those that are not inclined to cycle.

Speakers will include representatives from Tauranga City Council, Ngāi Tamarawaho hapu and Boffa Miskell.

This field trip is proudly sponsored by Boffa Miskell

Tauranga City Projects Walk

Tauranga in recent years has had a number of projects completed in the central city. These include Durham Street and the new University of Waikato Tauranga Campus building, Wharf Street, Tauranga waterfront and the container village. This walking tour will take in these areas with insights from those involved in creating and delivering the projects.  There will also be the option for a self-guided street art tour at the end of the field trip.  The tour will be led by Carl Lucca from Tauranga City Council, Scott Greenhalgh of LandLAB, Claire O'Shaughnessy from Jasmax and Rameka Tu’inukuafe (previously with Jasmax).