Arataki Centre and Kauri Dieback Education Programme

We recently put together a community education presentation about kauri dieback at the Arataki Centre west of Auckland in the Waitakere Ranges. This 16000ha forest park is integral to our guided tours and a wonderful place of historic, cultural and ecological significance. Kauri dieback (Phytophthora agathidicida) is a killer pathogen with a 100% mortality rate amongst our beloved kauri tress, and stopping its spread in our favorite forest park is paramount to our ecological sustainability as a tour operator in this area.

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The beauty of sharing & why we do what we do…

Our back yard is truly a beautiful place but we tend to forget that fact over time (understandably), because it’s what we see on a daily basis. This was brought back to me recently when guiding a single client (something we don’t often do) from America who was in a bit of a personal pickle & needed to get away from the city to clear her mind & settle her emotions from family pressures.

It was my luck too that I was about ready for a break from the office so perhaps this was just a match made in heaven for that day! Off the two of us went bright & early & I’m quite sure she had no idea at all of what to expect from her day tour – websites, including our own, just cannot adequately describe what kind of experience a customer will have when travelling around our gorgeous country!

Small tour groups always equal more time to stop & ‘smell the roses’ – larger groups are always slower so there’s less time to do stuff, so in light of that I made an unscheduled stop at Corwallis Wharf on our way out west. Midweek, sunny day, two people fishing on the end of the wharf, otherwise deserted, she couldn’t have asked for better!


The charm of Blue Spring – light, shade and color
by WCT@WP | Feb 7, 2018 | Blog

With temperatures in Auckland yesterday close to 32oc, we popped down for a quick walk along Blue Spring. Baking heat, cool shadows, hot Summer sweating but we were happy! It’s been a long time!

The serene tranquility of this place is stunning – a constantly changing kaleidoscope of aquatic blues and greens in the cool spring waters flanked by the riverine forest undergrowth, cool, inviting, thirst quenching, ever changing light and shadow, punctuated by small rapids tumbling over black rocks in deep shadow.

Well worth the walk for both young and old!










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