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ProGuides Newsletter - 2023 conference & AGM - Kaikoura 20 May

Dear Members,

Please find below - and attached - the outline for the 2023 conference & AGM in Kaikoura. Official documents will follow in due time, but you may already book your flights/ transportation, and accommodation.

Friday 19 May

Will Parsons invites you to join him on a famil from Picton/Blenheim, through the Marlborough region, to Kaikoura

Hear from a true local about the history of the Kaikoura coast and Marlborough, covering earthquakes, pastoral farming, churches, transport, geology, and early Polynesian history!

Stops at Wairau Lagoon by Redwood pass, drive past the Awatere valley, past Yealands Estate winery, see the solar salt works at Lake Grassmere, Lake Elterwater, Ward cemetery, Wharanui church, the K-T boundary, Clarence bridge escarpment, Earthquake sites and Ohau Point seal colony.

Start : 9.30 from Blenheim (pick up from Picton can be arranged)

End : 17.00 Kaikoura

Price : TBA

Saturday 20 May

ProGuides Conference and AGM

Location : The Mayfair – 80 Esplanade, Kaikoura


Speakers :

Lisa Bond (Destination Kaikoura) – Introduction to the Kaikoura region
Rachel Alexander (our new website) – website design and how to get the most from your portal
Steven Hyung (ProGuides member) – better use of social media to promote your business
Nicky McArthur (Puhi Peaks) – about the Dark Sky project + the Hutton shearwater (we will visit their place tomorrow)

Conference and AGM are free for ProGuides members, while a small contribution TBA will be asked of accompanying people

Dinner: Sime’s Kitchen – 2-course menu $55 / 3-course $75. Pre-order necessary, see menu attached.

Sunday 21 May

Famil day around Kaikoura. Includes:

https://puhipeakskaikoura.nz/ A renowned nature reserve (New Zealand’s highest private property) and home to 1 out of only 2 remaining wild breeding colonies in the world of the Hutton Shearwater, as well as the extremely rare Olearia Hectorii tree

BBQ lunch on the property

https://www.hapukukitchen.co.nz/ for a tour of the kitchen and garden + afternoon tea. The farm-based cooking school led by Fiona Read and Chris Sturgeon is delivering culinary experiences that reflect Kaikoura’s landscape and abundance of wild food.

Gin tasting at https://mtfyffedistillery.co.nz/ and introduction to the local wines at https://esseswine.com/

We need to travel in a convoy of smaller vehicles (ie 12-20 seater vans) as the access road to Puhi Peaks is not suitable for larger coaches. If you are planning to travel to Kaikoura with your vehicle and are willing to assist, please get in touch with the committee. Thanks

Start / End times TBA

Price: Free for ProGuides members

Accompanying people contribution TBA

Nga mihi

Angela & Kristin

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