Passive & Active Measurement Workshop
Hamilton, New Zealand, April 3 and 4, 2000
Two walks have been arranged for the day before the conference. Please let me (Ian Graham, firstname.lastname@example.org) know if you would like to come so that suitable transport can be booked. There is no charge, but bring your own lunch.
We will depart from the foyer of the Novotel at 10.30 am on Sunday April 2, and expect to return by 4 pm. If the weather is really wet the walks will be cancelled.
Walk 1: Pirongia
Mountain; Rua Pane lookout
Walk 3hrs, rise of 500m
Hike to the Rua Pane lookout on Pirongia mountain, 20 km south west of Hamilton. The walk starts below the bushline, and then rises through native bush for about 1 1/2hours, before a scramble up a rocky slope leads to the Rua Pane summit. If the weather is good there are great views north over the Waikato plain and the coastal hills. Return along the same track.
The weather this summer has been quite dry, so unless we have considerable rain over the next two weeks the track should be passable in light walking shoes or sneakers. However, you should bring waterproof clothing, and a warm jersey. The weather can turn nasty with no notice. Please bring your own lunch, and sufficient water or other drink.
Along the track you should see some of New Zealandís native birds, such as the fantail (easily recognised and tame) and the wood pigeon(twice the size of its European or American relatives). The New Zealand bush has no snakes, poisonous insects or similar hazards, but the sandflies can be a nuisance, so bring insect repellent.
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Walk 2: Raglan and a West Coast beach
Walk 1 hour, very easy, almost flat
Drive to the small coastal town of Raglan, about 45 km west of Hamilton. Walk in the sand dunes and along the beach, and then have lunch in one of Raglanís many cafes.
If you can stand the cold it is possible to swim in the surf, if the tidal conditions are right. If the weather is good, drive further south past Whale Bay for views of the Tasman Sea. Rain gear and insect repellent may be helpful.