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Holland America Best New Akaroa Shore Excursion

Brand new Shore Excursion to Holland America this year is the Akaroa History and Nature Safari, quoted by guests as the best tour they have ever taken. This exciting new tour takes in the very best of Akaroa scenery and nature and weaves together the early settler stories into one amazing experience. Offered on Noordam and Maasdam in Akaroa.

Marie Haley is the preeminent local guide in Akaroa, bringing together seven generations of Akaroa family history, an in-depth understanding of New Zealand’s history with a a lifetime of experience and a formal education in nature conservation.

Marie is able to create a narrative like no other tour, visiting four of New Zealand’s most important historical monuments, she tells the complete story of New Zealand’s settlement, within an ecological and cultural context.

Incorporating Maori history and culture throughout the tour, you will gain a unique understanding of the change in the Maori culture over time and the rapid speed of transformation once Europeans arrived.

If you really want to experience New Zealand, then this is the tour for you. You will leave with a feeling of deep understanding and connection to this unique part of the world.

What our guests say “Probably the best tour ever, anywhere!”, “Best tour ever!”, “Best tour in our entire trip”, “we feel we have a new friend”, ” This is a see-to-believe experience and Marie will take you off the beaten path to take it all in”, “definitely seven stars!”

Ruby Princess Best New Akaroa Shore Excursion

Brand new Shore Excursion to Ruby Princess this year is the Akaroa History and Nature Safari, quoted by guests as the best tour they have ever taken. This exciting new tour takes in the very best of Akaroa scenery and nature and weaves together the early settler stories into one amazing experience.

Marie Haley is the preeminent local guide in Akaroa, bringing together seven generations of Akaroa family history, an in-depth understanding of New Zealand’s history with a a lifetime of experience and a formal education in nature conservation.

Marie is able to create a narrative like no other tour, visiting four of New Zealand’s most important historical monuments, she tells the complete story of New Zealand’s settlement, within an ecological and cultural context.

Incorporating Maori history and culture throughout the tour, you will gain a unique understanding of the change in the Maori culture over time and the rapid speed of transformation once Europeans arrived.

If you really want to experience New Zealand, then this is the tour for you. You will leave with a feeling of deep understanding and connection to this unique part of the world.

What our guests say “Probably the best tour ever, anywhere!”, “Best tour ever!”, “Best tour in our entire trip”, “we feel we have a new friend”, ” This is a see-to-believe experience and Marie will take you off the beaten path to take it all in”, “definitely seven stars!”

Dame Anne Salmond and Dr Eruera Tarena discuss Tupaia

Dame Anne Salmond visited Akaroa recently for the Akaroa Civic Trust’s 50 year celebration and to discuss the Tahitian navigator Tupaia with Dr Eruera Tarena of Ngai Tahu.

Here is the link to the video of the whole talk:

2017 Green Ribbon Award Winner

The Wildside story started 25 years ago, when a Banks Peninsula farmer set out to protect the little blue penguins on his farm. Since then this project has grown to harness a whole community in protecting the special environment of the Banks Peninsula.

In 2001, the Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust was formed, with the legal ability to covenant private land and manage its own conservation projects.

In 2010, a coordinator was employed to bring together the Trust’s many efforts into one cohesive project – and Wildside was born. The aims of the project were to engage and educate people, to add economic value to the land by protecting its environmental health, to protect forest habitat, stream health, native species and sites of ecological significance, and to promote marine protection.

The project has seen more than 700 predator traps set over 7000 hectares, which has enabled a dramatic turn-around in sea bird species in the area.

The Trust has also achieved protection of a whole stream through private farmland from the summit to the sea. A second stream is now being targeted.

Today, around 25 per cent of the area has been protected through covenants and reserves, allowing the forest to regenerate. The area now boasts the largest private reserve in New Zealand, Hinewai, which covers 1570 hectares.

Source link: Green Ribbon Awards

Achieving a predator free Banks Peninsula – costs revealed

Achieving a predator free Banks Peninsula – costs revealed

In geologically ancient times, Banks Peninsula was a group of volcanic islands and even now is only connected to the mainland by a narrow strip of land. That makes the Peninsula of particular interest as a possible trial site for non-fenced mainland predator eradication.

Predator Free Banks Peninsula: Scoping Analysis (2017)

Predator Free New Zealand

Marie Haley lives in her great grandmother’s house on the Banks Peninsula land that was first farmed by her French great-great-great grandfather. It’s on a part of Banks Peninsula known as the ‘Wildside’, named for its rugged landscape, dramatic cliffs and iconic species of birds, insects and plants – some of which are not found anywhere else in New Zealand. It sounds idyllic, but possums, stoats, ferrets, weasels and feral cats have infiltrated this piece of paradise, just as they have decimated the rest of New Zealand.

Marie Haley checks on a yellow-eyed penguin.
Marie Haley Landowner of the Wildside and The Seventh Generation Guide

Protecting the Wildside’s unique biodiversity