AUTUMN 2023 Tutukaka ‘Petrel Station’ Pelagic Seabird Trip Dates

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AUTUMN 2023 Tutukaka ‘Petrel Station’ Pelagic Seabird Trip Dates

Postby ourspot » Wed Nov 30, 2022 12:10 pm

Here's the AUTUMN 2023 Tutukaka 'Petrel Station' seabird pelagic trip schedule.

In AUTUMN as the weather and oceans cool down it's migration time for the seabirds heading up from the southern oceans so there's potential for some scarcer species passing through. Most of the local summer breeders gradually depart on their migration, and the local winter breeders return and begin to build in numbers as well.

AUTUMN 2023 pelagic dates:
– 1st May 2023 (Monday) – 5 places left
– 21st May 2023 (Sunday) – 5 places left

As well as the chance to see some amazing seabirds, these non-profit trips have a goal to gather as much at-sea data on the distribution and variety of seabird species present off our coast throughout the year - wth 65 species of seabirds recorded to date!

You can check out some of the past trip reports and images on the Petrel Station Facebook page -

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Based out of Tutukaka, in northern New Zealand, these trips are a great opportunity to spend a full day on the water and enjoy seeing a variety of pelagic seabirds (including shearwaters, petrels, prions, albatrosses, storm-petrels, skua), often really close to the boat. Naturally there’s no guarantee on what seabirds will be present but that’s part of the excitement.

The trips leave Tutukaka, go via the spectacular Poor Knight Islands and then head out to the ‘Petrel Station’ about 40km offshore. We generally depart just after sunrise and return to Tutukaka late afternoon, which usually gives us about 9 to 10 hours out on the water.

The 30ft boat has fantastic all round viewing for excellent seabird spotting and photography opportunities. The boat is fairly basic with a small separate toilet, seating in the form of a couple of benches and a few big chilly bins (so there can be a bit of standing involved). If it rains there are pull down plastic sides to shelter behind. You’ll need to provide your own food, drink and other supplies for the trip, and dress for the conditions.

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The trip costs are shared amongst the people on board (maximum is 9 people, and 5 or 6 people is the minimum to make costs feasible or it may not go ahead). A $240 payment is required upon booking to secure your place and any balance is sorted closer to the trip date when numbers onboard are confirmed. Trip costs (based on how many are onboard) will be:
• 9 people $240 each
• 8 people $265 each
• 7 people $290 each

If the trip is cancelled due to adverse conditions, or not enough people, then all money paid will be refunded. There may also be the chance of Covid related cancellations. Please note if you decide not to come after payment is made, and I can't find a replacement person to fill your spot, then unfortunately I can't refund you the initial payment.

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I'm also happy to organise private charter pelagic trips to the Petrel Station for individuals or groups - please enquire about any dates you are interested in and I can let you know boat availability and charter costs.

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Let me know if you’re keen for a great day out, or if you have any questions about the trips.

Scott Brooks
Tutukaka ‘Petrel Station’ Pelagics organiser

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