Geckos and skinks

The Wellingtonista has been going for a while now, yet there does not seem to be any mention of that unique Wellington institution, the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary, a large fenced-off and predator-free “island” in a valley beside Karori. We must apologise for this lapse. And make up for it by suggesting an outing this weekend. […]

A Whale of a Tale

One of the more bizarre bits of news we’ve seen around the place recently was the Case of the Fake Whale Tail in Wellington Harbour. Several people spotted what they thought was a windsurfer in distress off the Petone beach, so a launch was sent out to make a rescue. Upon arriving at the scene, […]

Botanic Gardens for August

Glowworm Tour Friday 5 August, Founders’ Entrance on Glenmore Street, 7.30pm See the Botanic Garden’s glowworms after dark. Cost: koha/donation Bookings are essential as places are limited. Not suitable for children under six. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult – maximum of two children per adult. Bring a torch – no more […]

Extreme Poo – Wellington Zoo

Events Calendar: “Extreme Poo Identification Competition Wellington Zoo will hold an Extreme Poo Identification Competition on 6 & 7 August. As part of the Conservation Week theme ‘Everything is Connected’, the Zoo invites you to correctly identify different types of animal poo to win a prize. Listen to the Keeper talks throughout the day to […]

The Best Bang Since the Big One?

If I understand this correctly, at around 5.52pm tonight, in the sky near Jupiter (very bright & very high in the North at that time), there may be a big explosion in space…. STUFF : INSIGHT – STORY : Comet versus spacecraft probe. Update: Apologies for the worst post ever – wrong night, wrong direction. […]

Fireworks in Petone

Here we are recommending you to head North up the motorway for the second time in as many weeks, but we suspect the mid-winter fireworks display to be held off the Petone beach tomorrow night (Sat 18 June), will be well worth it. According to the official press release over at the Hutt City Council […]

Rose Pruning Day – Botanic Gardens, June 12

Budding rose enthusiasts might want to mark June 12 in their diaries. It is Rose Pruning Day at the Botanic Gardens. Internationally acclaimed (probably) rose experts will be on hand giving public demonstrations, advice, and answering all your thorny questions… If your passion is for Modern Bush & Climbers, you are invited to assemble at […]

Tuatara Day

I must admit, I’ve never actually seen a tuatara in the flesh (in the scales?) before. So the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary are having a special Tuatara Day to allow me and the no doubt many other urbanites who haven’t seen our most famous lizard the chance to check out their resident reptile – Oliver – […]

Karapoti Classic

Those of you who like to get out in the fresh air on your mountain bike should take note that this year’s Karapoti Classic is on 5th March, and entries are closing soon. There’s two races – the 50km Classic, and the 20km Challenge for those who might not quite feel up to the big […]

Somes Island Weeding Mission

The ongoing effort by the Department of Conservation, the Council, and ordinary people like you and me to regenerate native flora and fauna around the city continues next month with a bit of a weeding mission out on Somes Island (aka Matiu). DOC are calling for volunteers for a big weed-busting day on Saturday March […]