Outings and workshops
Boulder Bank Lighthouse early-bird trip
Link: Boulder Bank Lighthouse
When: Saturday morning - early!
Cost: $25 Ferry fare, payable on booking.
Co-ordinator: Irene Buchan & Dianna Hambleton
Details: The Boulder Bank Lighthouse is a decommissioned 19th century lighthouse located near the Port Nelson end of the Boulder Bank. The ferry will provide transport and access to the Boulder Bank Lighthouse. This is an early morning trip leaving at 6.30am to catch the sunrise/ birds/rocks/landscape. Meet the ferry at 272 Wakefield Quay (seaside of Styx Restaurant). Cost per person $25 return. Please note that this trip is weather dependent and may be cancelled on the day by the ferry service.
Brook Waimarama Sanctuary
Link: Brook Waimārama Sanctuary
When: Saturday afternoon - full session
Cost: Entry fee payable on entry to Sanctuary (click image on left to view)
Co-ordinator: Dianna Hambleton
Details: Rebecca Bowater will lead a trip through the Brook Sanctuary. The Brook Waimārama Sanctuary is the South Island’s largest fully fenced sanctuary for vulnerable native flora and fauna.
A network of tracks dissect the hidden valleys of the sanctuary, the main loop track is suitable for all ages and abilities and is fully accessible for wheelchairs and mobility scooters. The track itself takes 45 minutes (return), weaving through ferns, fruiting trees and waterfalls, whilst other walks take you further into the valley or up through the ridgeline. Tui, kereru (wood pigeon), koromako (bellbird) and piwakawaka (fantail) welcome you as they flutter playfully through the treetops, plus 40 tīeke (South Island saddleback) were released into the Sanctuary April 2021.
Wear good walking shoes, bring a tripod, and a drink.
Payment will be made on the day at the Brook Sanctuary Visitor Centre, prices vary depending if you are a Nelson/Tasman resident or Visitor. See image on right for details.
Link: Isel Park
When: Saturday morning
Details: Isel House was the home of early settler Thomas Marsden, and the picturesque park that surrounds the home was planted by Thomas and his son James between 1845-1865.The park is a heritage woodland, containing some of the oldest mixed conifers in New Zealand, and features attractive displays of spring bulbs, greenery and expansive lawn areas.
The flourishing gardens blossom into a glorious display of colour during Spring, shelter visitors from the warmth of the summer sun and celebrate autumn in bursts of golden hues.
Unfortunately Isel House will not be open to visit but the gardens will keep you busy exploring and photographing.
Link: Nelson Market
When: Saturday morning
Where: Montgomery Square, Nelson
Details: In the late 1970’s Market proprietor Nita Knight arrived in Nelson from Auckland on holiday. Nita started the Nelson Market in 1978 at Millers Acre next to the Maitai river.Initially a market trial for a month with over 60 stalls proved so popular that Nelson City Council agreed to continue for a further 6 months, then 18 months and finally issued a licence for 3 years.
Eventually the Nelson Flea Market (as it was known then), moved to Montgomery Square to accommodate the growing number of stalls showing interest in selling at the market. So sought after were the spaces that regular stall holders began to arrive at 2am to secure their favourite spot.
Today, the Nelson Market is recognized throughout New Zealand and the world, for its fine produce and quality artistry. Every Saturday morning for more than 40 years, Nita Knight has welcomed visitors to discover a unique creative showcase.
When: Saturday afternoon
Presenter: Sandra Johnson
Co-ordinator: Irene Callaghan, Jean Willis
Details: Sandra Johnson has worked as a professional portrait photographer for over 20 years, and along the way, has acquired a portfolio of tips and tricks to make ordinary people feel at ease and look great in front of the camera.
This workshop is neither Photojournalism, at one end of the spectrum, nor Posing-for-Vogue at the other. This workshop is all about making ordinary people look great and feel special when being photographed by you. You’ll learn how to guide your subject into a position that looks flattering, and that leaves them enjoying the experience.
Models will be provided.