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Native Plant Biodiversity: A Botanical Look At Rotoroa Islan


Sun 21 Jan 2018, 11:00am–12:30pm

Where: Rotoroa Island, Rotoroa Island, Rotoroa Island, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: RotoroaIsland

Despite extensive modification in the past, Rotoroa Island still features a diverse and interesting assortment of indigenous plant species, totalling over 170 species.

Presenter Ben Goodwin will give a brief description of the native flora of the island - drawing particular attention to some threatened, unusual and noteworthy species. The talk will be followed by an informal wander through one of the, more accessible, botanically interesting areas of the island.

Ben Goodwin is a zoo-keeper with Auckland Zoo's Ectotherm team. Ben works with reptiles, fish, amphibians and invertebrates. His interests are not just limited to animals and spread broadly across all aspects of New Zealand's natural history.

This event is free to attend; usual ferry prices apply.

Getting here:
- 360 Discovery ferries depart from downtown Auckland to Rotoroa Island at 8:45am
- The ferry is departing from Rotoroa Island to Auckland at 5:15pm.
- The trip takes just over an hour, with a stop-off at Waiheke's Orapiu wharf on the way to Rotoroa Island.

You can also get to Rotoroa Island by ferry from Coromandel.

Timetable and fare information:

What to bring:
- Your own food and plenty of water as there are no shops on the island
- Walking shoes, sunblock and a sun hat
- Swimming gear and towels

Biosecurity information:
Before you visit please:
- Check your bags thoroughly for rodents, insects (especially ants) and other pests prior to
boarding the ferry
- All bags must be sealed - plastic bags, open top bags and supermarket bags are easy for
pests to access so please leave these at home
- Carry food in sealed, rodent proof plastic containers and take your rubbish home
- Check your footwear is clean and that there is no soil or seeds in laces or treads
- Leave your bicycle at home and if you're bringing a buggy, make sure your tyre treads
aren't packed with dirt or insects
- Leave your dog on board your vessel if visiting by boat as no dogs or domestic animals are
permitted as they may endanger the island's wildlife, particularly shore birds.

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