DoC Logo SQThere will be lots of Seaweek 2018 events happening in Marlborough and full details will be posted here as we receive them. Contact the Marlborough Regional Coordinators if you’d like to organise an event: Wendy Sullivan – email: for Marlborough Sounds and Brett Cowan- email: for South Marlborough.

If you attend a Seaweek 2018 event you can win a copy of The Collins Field Guide to the NZ Seashore by completing one of our online Event Reports to tell us what you enjoyed about the event.

Seaweek 2018 Events


Sea Week Kids Snorkeling

Dates: Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 March 2018
Time: 4.30 – 6.15pm both days
Location: Waikawa Dive Centre, Rear Unit 2, Waikawa Marina, Waikawa Bay, Picton
Contact: 03-573 5939
Cost: $10

Mark these dates on the calendar to bring your youngsters down to the shop. We will fit them out in some cool dive gear. Give them mask, snorkel and fins to use and take them to a sandy beach. From there a snorkel along a rocky wall will see them looking at fish and marine life.
Children must be accompanied by an adult and even better the adult can join in the snorkel too. Can’t have the young ones having all the fun.
It’s a tenner ($10) per snorkeler and we will supply the gear and transport.
So it happens on the 7th and 8th of March, start by meeting at the shop at 4.30 pm and at 5.15 pm we depart. Back by 6.15 pm or about.
Please call the shop to register 573 5939.



Waikawa Dive Club – Underwater “Clean Up”

Date: Sunday 4 March 2018
Time: 8.30am
Location: Waikawa Dive Centre, Rear Unit 2, Waikawa Marina, Waikawa Bay, Picton
Contact: 03-573 5939
Cost: Free

Lets give a hand to the “Massive Marlborough Clean Day” on the 4th March. That’s a Sunday. We start the day 8.30 am at the shop where we get into our dive kit. Steam around by boat or boats to Picton, and jump in the tide gathering as much discarded human rubbish was we can. Drop the stuff off in Picton and we cruise back to base (Waikawa Marina).

The shop will supply free air and catch bags for the divers. Also a free BBQ will be for those that helped on the boat and their family afterwards.

You need to register at the shop prior so we can bring in more boats and BBQ food as required. Phone 573 5939.
Please note you need to be a certified diver to dive with us. No diving beyond 18 meters, most will be at 10 meters.


Living by and off the sea – challenges for Kaikoura’s marine birdlife

Date: Tuesday 13 February 2018
Time: 7.30 – 9pm
Location: WEA, 59 Gloucester Street (op. Art Gallery), Christchurch
Contact: Frances, email: Ph: (03) 366-0285
Cost: Donation to Forest & Bird requested. All welcome. Supper and a chat afterwards

This talk by Ailsa Howard (Kaikoura) and Lorna Deppe (University of Ccanterbury), will introduce you to both beach and mountain dwellers among Kaikoura’s marine birdlife: the Banded dotterel (Charadrius bicinctus) and the Hutton’s shearwater (Puffinus huttoni).

They will outline the challenges these species face as well as conservation efforts undertaken. Inhabiting quite different ecological niches, both species are or have been under severe pressure due to introduced predators. While successful mitigation measures have been implemented for Hutton’s shearwater, leading to stabilisation if not increase in population numbers, the severity of the issue is only becoming apparent for Banded dotterel attempting to breed on South Bay beach. Current strategies to control this will be discussed.
They will also touch on factors impacting on bird populations which are completely out of our control: Earthquakes. While Banded dotterel gained foraging habitat due to risen sea floors and increased tidal areas along the coast, Hutton’s shearwater suffered significant habitat loss at their breeding colonies in the mountains due to rock slips and collapsed burrows. Timing of these events had it that in addition many lives of adult breeders were lost in the process. This is a story of loss and hope and the dedication of those who care.

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Kaikōura Walk n Talk – CANCELLED

Dates: Sunday 11 and 25 February 2018 – CANCELLED DUE TO SH1 BEING CLOSED
Time: 2pm
Location: Kaikōura Peninsula
Cost: Free

Join DOC for a guided Peninsula walk n talk. Learn about the Kaikoura Titi (Hutton Shearwater colony), seals, the blue penguin, whaling stations and the cultural landscape. The walk is 2.5 km which should take about 1.5 to 2 hours to complete, starting from Point Kean finishing in South Bay.
A Summer Explorer Programme Event


Kaikōura Community Guided Snorkel Day

Date: Sunday 11 March 2018
Time: TBC
Location: South Bay Reserve
Cost: Free

Observe the marine biodiversity that has survived the earthquake and is thriving with Experiencing Marine Reserves. This free family day includes all equipment, wetsuits and guides.

Bring: water, sunscreen, hat, change of clothes, togs, picnic.


Blumine Island Historic Tour

Date: Sunday 25 February March 2018
Time: 9am – 4.30pm
Location: Leaving 9am from Beachcomber Cruises.
Cost: $40 for MHS members, $50 non-members, includes a hot drink and snacks.
Contact: the Marlborough Museum on 03 5781712.

Join the Marlborough Historic Society to visit the WW2 defence installations on Blumine Island. 1hr return walk.

This event is part of the DOC Summer Explorer Programme.


Massive Marlborough Clean Up


Date: Sunday 4 to Sunday 11 March 2018
Time: 9.30am
Location: Marlborough wide
Cost: Free
Contact: Wendy Sullivan, email: Ph: (03) 520-3016

The Massive Marlborough Clean up is a multi-group/multi-location clean up, supported by the public, businesses and community groups.

Public events:
Picton Foreshore 4th March, 9:30 – 11:30am; playground
Taylor River, 10th March, 10am – 2pm, Henry Street Reserve
Rarangi Beach, 11th March, 10am -12pm; Rarangi Community Centre

If you would like to organise your own event, please email Wendy

Thanks to Conservation Kids NZ, Marlborough Freshwater Anglers Club, and Zoe Luffman

Please wear solid footwear, and bring gardening gloves, sunscreen, and water.



Celebrate Seaweek: Kids Go Free

Date: Sunday 11 March 2018
Time: 9am or 12:15pm departure, 2:45pm or 4pm return
Location: Lochmara Lodge Wildlife Recovery & Arts, Lochmara Bay, Queen Charlotte Sound, Sounds, Marlborough
Cost: One child free with each paying adult.
Bookings and enquiries essential. Contact:

Take a short cruise through the Marlborough Sounds and visit Lochmara Lodge, Wildlife Recovery Centre. Explore the native bush trails, meet the NZ species and take a tour at ‘The Reef’. Be amazed by what lives in our NZ ocean and learn how you can help look after it!

This event is part of the DOC Summer Explorer Programme.


Marine Metre Squared

Why not grab a Marine Metre Squared kit and go out to discover what lives on your local shore?

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