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Field trip to Waikaia Valley and Piano Flat

Friday 8th December, 2017

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Friday 8th December—Sunday 10th December. The Waikaia Valley lies between the Umbrella Mountains to the east and the Garvie Mountains to the west. The Waikaia River joins the Mataura River just north of Riversdale. The Waikaia forest is a mixture of red, mountain and silver beech and is the best remaining example of the beech forests that covered much of the area. There are a number of walking tracks through the beech forest and a track above the bushline to Titan Rocks. We will travel to the DoC campsite at Piano Flat on Friday afternoon and spend Saturday in the field with another opportunity to botanise on Sunday morning. Bring your own tent, sleeping bag, cooking gear, food, sandfly repellent etc. and something to share for a pot-luck dinner on Saturday evening. Be prepared for adverse weather at both the camp site and in the field. Facilities are basic but include toilets, barbecues and picnic tables. Fees are $5.00 per person per night.

Contact David Lyttle, phone: (03) 454 5470.