Next Trip: Thomson Park Scenic Reserve

Where: Thomson Park Scenic Reserve, Port Hills (see maps below) When: Monday 26 March 2018, 10 am until about 12 The plan is to meet on the far (East) side of Sugarloaf and take Mitchells track into the bush area. Our meeting location is marked with a red pin on the maps below: What to... Continue Reading →


Discovery Centre, Trip #61

The forecast was for heavy rain and wind, so we headed to our local museum. They have a Discovery Centre, which is something of a wonderland of natural history items. There is so much there that it can be difficult to know where to start, so we made a list of things to find.   We... Continue Reading →

North New Brighton, Trip #60

On our most recent trip to the beach we saw several creatures we hadn’t seen before. We focused on the intertidal zone - the part that is covered and uncovered with seawater several times each day. The water temperature was 14oC. Kouraura / Ghost Shrimp This chap was buried in the sand. The NZ marine life... Continue Reading →

Upcoming Trip: Allandale Reserve

Where: Allandale Reserve, Governors Bay Teddington Rd (see maps below) When: Monday 5 March 2018, 10 am until about 12 This is a muddy, saltwater wetland, so gumboots are recommended. Our meeting location is marked with a red pin on the maps below: What to bring: * Sensible clothing (sturdy footwear, hats etc.) * Any... Continue Reading →

John Britten Reserve, Trip #59

  Earlier this week we spent a scenic morning on the Port Hills, at John Britten Reserve. Below is some of what we saw: Animals Orbweaver spider Garden orbweb spider Jumping spider This spider was dark grey and very flat - it kept disappearing into this crack. Flesh flies There were quite a few flies... Continue Reading →


Hi all. Welcome to the New Year! Critter Club meets every Monday morning, from 10-12, to explore local nature; animals, plants, fungi, geology etc. Habitats we visit include wetlands, waterways, native and exotic forest, grasslands, rocky coasts and sandy shores. Field trips are mostly to nearby locations, within a half hour of the central city; occasional... Continue Reading →

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