Upcoming Tutukaka Pelagic Seabird Trips - May & July 2018

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Upcoming Tutukaka Pelagic Seabird Trips - May & July 2018

Postby ourspot » Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:34 am

Hi all

The next two Tutukaka Pelagic Seabird Trips are scheduled for:
– Sunday 27th May 2018
– Sunday 8th July 2018.

Based out of Tutukaka in Northland this trip is a great opportunity to spend the day on the water and enjoy a wide variety of pelagic seabirds including shearwaters, petrels, albatrosses, mollymawks and storm-petrels. Naturally there’s no guarantee on what birds will be present (as it depends on the season and breeding cycles, etc) but that’s part of the excitement of it. The trip leaves Tutukaka, goes via the spectacular Poor Knight Islands, and then heads out to about 40km offshore to a deep trench which is a good seabird location, as well as being a known whale route where we’ve seen them on a few occasions.

We depart at approximately 7.00am and return to the Tutukaka marina late afternoon (or whenever everyone’s had enough). You’ll need to provide your own food/drink/supplies for the trip. I should point out I’m not a tour guide, just a very keen birder. I organise these trips so other like-minded people can get out there and see what’s around.

The 30ft boat is fairly basic and has fantastic all round viewing for bird spotting. There are pull down plastic sides and front if the weather gets a bit wet, a small separate toilet, seating in the form of a few chilly bins and a couple of benches so there is a bit of standing involved. It has a cruising speed of 18 knots and is fully compliant under Maritime New Zealand’s MOSS survey system.

Myself and the skipper will be checking the weather/swell conditions and will make a call 2 to 3 days out from the trip as to whether to go ahead or not.

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COSTS:
The way the trip works is that the cost is shared amongst the people on board, so the final cost per person isn’t finalised until closer to the trip date when numbers on board are confirmed. Please be aware of this when booking.

The maximum number is 10 people. The trip needs a minimum of 6 people to make costs feasible or it won’t go ahead.

A payment of $140 is required in advance to confirm your place on the trip and then any balance will be sorted closer to the trip date when numbers are confirmed.

Final trip costs (based on how many are on board) are:
• 10 people $140 each
• 9 people $155 each
• 8 people $175 each
• 7 people $200 each
• 6 people $230 each

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CANCELLATION POLICY
If the trip is cancelled all money paid will be refunded. If you cancel your booking up to 8 days before the trip you will receive a full refund. Cancelling your booking within 7 days before the trip will result in loss of payment as this will be too late for us to find a replacement person for the trip (though if we do then a refund may be given).

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CHARTER TRIPS
If anyone (or group) is keen on doing a trip on any other date just let me know and I’ll check availability.

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CONTACT:
Let me know if you’re keen or if have any questions about the trip.

Cheers
Scott Brooks
021 322 324 | scott@ourspot.nz
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Re: Upcoming Tutukaka Pelagic Seabird Trips - May & July 2018

Postby ourspot » Mon May 07, 2018 11:06 pm

Hi all

Just an update on the next two scheduled Tutukaka Pelagic Seabird Trips:

– Sunday 27th May : (only 2 spaces left)

– Sunday 8th July : (6 spaces available)

Cheers Scott

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