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Autumn Tutukaka Pelagic Seabird Trip - 19 May 2019

Posted: Thu Mar 07, 2019 12:25 pm
by ourspot
Hi all

The next two Tutukaka Pelagic Seabird Trips are scheduled for:
– Saturday 20th April 2019
– Sunday 19th May 2019.

I’ll be announcing a bunch of ‘Winter’ trips shortly as well.

Please note the trips are now limited to a max of 8 people for the autumn and winter trips.

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Based out of Tutukaka in Northland this trip is a great opportunity to spend a full day on the water and enjoy a variety of pelagic seabirds including shearwaters, petrels, albatrosses, mollymawks and storm-petrels. Naturally there’s no guarantee on what seabirds will be present (as it depends on the season, migrations 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 some deep water which is a good seabird location, as well as being a known route for whales (which we see occasionally).

We depart at approximately 7.00am (to be confirmed) and return to the Tutukaka marina late afternoon (or whenever everyone’s had enough). You’ll need to provide your own food, drink and other 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 with 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 couple of benches and a few big chilly bins, so there can be a bit of standing involved.

The skipper and I 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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The way the trip works is that the boat and chum 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. The maximum number is 8 people. The trip really needs a minimum of 6 people to make costs feasible or it won’t go ahead.

A non-refundable deposit of $180 is required upon booking to secure your place on the trip and then any balance will be sorted closer to the trip date when numbers are confirmed. If the trip is cancelled due to adverse conditions then all money paid will be refunded.

Trip costs (based on how many are on board) are:
• 8 people $180 each
• 7 people $210 each
• 6 people $250 each

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

Scott Brooks
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Re: Autumn Tutukaka Pelagic Seabird Trips - 20 April & 19 May 2019

Posted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 9:33 am
by ourspot
Just an update on the trip availability:
– Saturday 20th April 2019 (only 1 space left)
– Sunday 19th May 2019 (4 spaces left).

Get in touch if you're keen on a great day out :)

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Tutukaka Pelagic Seabird Trip - 19 May 2019

Posted: Sun Apr 28, 2019 6:50 pm
by ourspot

There is only one space left on the Sunday 19th May 2019 Tutukaka Pelagic trip so get in touch if interested. Will be a great day on the water.

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