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Breakfast with the Birds

September 19, 2020 @ 5:00 am - September 20, 2020 @ 12:00 am NZST

Experience the intensity of the New Zealand bush at night then wake up to hear native birds in a rousing dawn chorus!

Held at the Aongatete Outdoor Education Centre, this unique event kicks off with a delicious two course meal, talks by renown ecological experts (Prof Bruce Clarkson, Paul Cuming, Dr Peter Maddison) and a guided night walk in the forest to see weta, spiders and all manner of interesting insects. Relive your youth with an overnight stay in the lodge dormitories before venturing out for the dawn chorus. You’ll have the chance to hear over 20 species welcome in the day.

A restorative hot breakfast will be served, followed by insights into traditional Māori medicine with local rongoā legend Rob McGowan. The event wraps up with a late morning tea at the AFP kohanga.

It’s just $60 a head, includes meals and accommodation, and is suitable for adults (16 years+).

UPDATE 15.08.20 We’ve reached capacity for this event but may be able to offer a small number of additional places: if you’d like to be wait-listed (we will be able to let you know by 4th September), please get in touch via email: [email protected]


September 19, 2020 @ 5:00 am NZST
September 20, 2020 @ 12:00 am NZST


Aongatete Outdoor Education Centre
Wright Road, Aongatete 3178 New Zealand + Google Map
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