WINTER Tutukaka ‘Petrel Station’ Pelagic Trip Dates : JUL to AUG 2022

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WINTER Tutukaka ‘Petrel Station’ Pelagic Trip Dates : JUL to AUG 2022

Postby ourspot » Thu Jan 27, 2022 6:01 pm

Here's the WINTER 2022 Tutukaka 'Petrel Station' seabird pelagic trip schedule.

The colder winter months are when the albatross and southern seabirds head north up to our area, and we've had also some real winter rarities show up (past visitors have included Blue Petrel, Pink-footed Shearwater, 4 Prion species ...), so there's no telling what could turn up. Some of the local winter breeders are also around in good numbers too. Always a great day out. You can check out some of the past trip reports and images on the Petrel Station Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/thepetrelstation

WINTER 2022 pelagic dates:
– 8th July (Friday) – TRIP FULL
– 31st July (Sunday) – TRIP FULL
– 8th August (Monday) – TRIP FULL
– 21st August (Sunday) – TRIP FULL

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TRIP DETAILS
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 50km 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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COSTS:
The trip costs are shared amongst the people on board (maximum is 8 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. 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.

Trip costs (based on how many are onboard) will be:
• 8 people $240 each
• 7 people $265 each
• 6 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: Due to a recent increase in costs to charter the boat the trip cost p/person has gone up - Prices are current as at July 2022.

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SPECIAL CHARTER TRIPS
I'm also happy to organise special private charter pelagic trips to the Petrel Station for individuals or groups, from NZ or internationally. 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.

Cheers
Scott Brooks
Tutukaka ‘Petrel Station’ Pelagics organiser

P : 021 322 324
E : seabirds@thepetrelstation.nz
Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/thepetrelstation
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/thepetrelstation
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Re: WINTER Tutukaka ‘Petrel Station’ Pelagic Trip Dates : JUL to AUG 2022

Postby ourspot » Thu Jun 02, 2022 2:06 pm

Hi all

I've still got some places available on the upcoming winter pelagic seabird trips to 'The Petrel Station' in July and August. Great time of year for the albatross and southern seabirds, the local winter breeders, and for other potential winter seabird rarities that could turn up.

WINTER 2022 pelagic dates:
– 8th July (Friday) – TRIP FULL
– 31st July (Sunday) – TRIP FULL
– 8th August (Monday) – TRIP FULL
– 21st August (Sunday) – TRIP FULL

Let me know if you’re keen for a great day out on the water with the seabirds, or if you have any questions.

Cheers
Scott Brooks
Tutukaka ‘Petrel Station’ Pelagics organiser

P : 021 322 324
E : seabirds@thepetrelstation.nz
Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/thepetrelstation
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/thepetrelstation
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Re: WINTER Tutukaka ‘Petrel Station’ Pelagic Trip Dates : JUL to AUG 2022

Postby ourspot » Sat Jul 02, 2022 1:13 pm

I've just had a late cancellation so I now have 1 spare place on the seabird pelagic heading out on Friday 8th July to 'The Petrel Station' in Tutukaka. Let me know if keen to join for a great day out on the water with some awesome winter seabirds.

Cheers
Scott Brooks
Tutukaka ‘Petrel Station’ Pelagics organiser

P : 021 322 324
E : seabirds@thepetrelstation.nz
Instagram: www.instagram.com/thepetrelstation
Facebook : www.facebook.com/thepetrelstation
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Re: WINTER Tutukaka ‘Petrel Station’ Pelagic Trip Dates : JUL to AUG 2022

Postby ourspot » Wed Jul 06, 2022 9:22 pm

SEABIRD TRIP RESCHEDULED
NOW ... SUNDAY 10 JULY

This Friday’s Tutukaka pelagic seabird trip (8 July) has been cancelled (due to weather) so hoping instead to go out on Sunday (10th July) when it's looking like much better conditions. Only need a couple more so the trip can go ahead so let me know if you're keen to join for a great day out on the water with some awesome winter seabirds out at 'The Petrel Station'.

Cheers
Scott Brooks
Tutukaka ‘Petrel Station’ Pelagics organiser

P : 021 322 324
E : seabirds@thepetrelstation.nz
Facebook : www.facebook.com/thepetrelstation
Instagram: www.instagram.com/thepetrelstation
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Re: WINTER Tutukaka ‘Petrel Station’ Pelagic Trip Dates : JUL to AUG 2022

Postby ourspot » Mon Aug 01, 2022 5:25 pm

Hi all

You can check out the 30th July Tutukaka 'Petrel Station' pelagic seabird trip report and some images from the day at: www.facebook.com/thepetrelstation

Also ... I've got a heap of spring time trips scheduled over the coming months if you're keen on a great day out on the water :)

Cheers
Scott Brooks
Tutukaka ‘Petrel Station’ Pelagics organiser

P : 021 322 324
E : seabirds@thepetrelstation.nz
Facebook : www.facebook.com/thepetrelstation
Instagram: www.instagram.com/thepetrelstationTop

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