Wetlands, wildlife and wonderlands

A pre-conference tour for delegates of INTECOL 2021

Delegates of INTECOL are invited to join the Chair and Executive Officer of the National Wetland Trust of New Zealand on a four-day boutique tour through the North Island. Explore 3 of New Zealand’s unique Ramsar sites. Visit wildlife sanctuaries, geothermal wetlands and wetland restoration projects. Experience a traditional Māori welcome and stay at the marae of the Māori king.


  • Peatland, geothermal and estuarine ecology
  • Wetland restoration science
  • Wise wetland use
  • Ramsar site management
  • Community engagement
  • Wetland education initiatives
  • Scenic flight over three Ramsar sites
  • Iconic NZ fauna – chance to see tuatara, takahē, kiwi, glow worms
  • Trans-equatorial migratory shorebird viewing
  • Cultural experiences, marae stay
  • Guided tour of the planned National Wetland Centre at Rotopiko
  • Networking with indigenous communities, wetland managers and scientists from leading research institutions and wetland management agencies


Price: NZ$ 2750 Early bird (to 30 June 2021)*
Wednesday 6 October - Saturday 9 October
Includes: Breakfast, lunch, dinner as indicated for each day (please refer to the flyer), three nights’ accommodation, all transport from Auckland pickup to Hamilton drop-off, 1-hour scenic flight, all listed activities. Excludes alcoholic beverages and personal snacks/ additional meals.
Start and end location:
The tour starts at a pick up near AUCKLAND Airport and finishes near HAMILTON Airport. Arrange your own flights into Auckland by Wednesday 6 October and from Hamilton Airport to Christchurch on Sunday 10 October.


You can book your spot on the tour via the conference registration form, please click here. Note that there are limited spaces so it will be a first in first served basis.

Further information

For more information about the tour please contact the National Wetland Trust of New Zealand, enquiries@wetlandtrust.org.nz.

Disclaimer and Cancellations

*We will make every effort to present the trip as stated, but reserve the right to amend the itinerary if unforeseen circumstances arise. Early bird rate applies until 30 June. NZ $2850 1 July to 30 August, NZ $2950 after 30 Aug. Places strictly limited and will be filled on first booked basis. A 50% refund is available for cancellations made prior to 14 August 2021, sorry but we can’t give refunds for cancellations after that date due to non-refundable third-party deposits.