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Field Trips
Book your field trip with your conference registration
Please note; there are limited numbers on all field trips.
All prices below are inclusive of GST
For any questions about the field trips please contact OnCue Conferences -  [email protected]

International Antarctic Centre Trip
Friday 7th December - 9am - Midday
The Antarctic Centre - Bus included departs from La Vida Conference Centre
​$70 per person - additional to registration
The Antarctic Trip will include a bus from La Vida Conference Centre to the Antarctic Centre, general admission to the attraction, the Hagglund Ride, and the 4D extreme show and a short presentation and Q&A session with someone from Antarctica NZ. There is a cafe on site and a sweet or savoury scone with tea or coffee is included for morning tea.  You are welcome to stay on at the Antarctic Centre until you need to go to the airport, however lunch is not included in your trip cost.

The whole experience will take approx 3 hours, and it is a short walk (approx 5 mins) across to the Christchurch airport terminal.  
This trip is ideal for those who wish to experience Antarctica but still catch an afternoon flight home!

For further information please visit the International Antarctic Centre website:


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Central Plains Water Trip 
Friday 7th December - 9am - 4pm
Departs La Vida Conference Centre
​$70 per person - additional to registration

Central Plains Water (CPW) is a large-scale irrigation project across the Central Plains of Canterbury. The scheme will introduce 300 million cubic metres of alpine water from the Rakaia and Waimakariri Rivers to the area. This will not only be used for irrigation but will help enhance the environmental outcomes sought from the Selwyn Waihora Zone.

The trip will start at the conference venue and travel west towards the foothills to the Sheffield storage pond, where we will hear from CPW staff about the scheme.  From here we will travel across the front of the foothills for morning tea/coffee at the Willows Café, part of the Hororata Golf course. Please note: you will be supplied with a 'packed lunch' with water, as part of your trip cost, however any purchases at the cafe will be at your own expense.  The bus will then go to view the head race of stage one of the scheme with more information from CPW staff. 

Lunch will be riverside at the Rakaia Gorge and view the exposed gravel cliffs, before making our way back across the plains where the scheme can be seen in operation. Information on different projects and activities related to the area will be provided. The bus will be arriving back in Christchurch via the airport by approximately 3pm, before returning to the venue.

Appropriate clothing and sturdy footwear must be worn when visiting CPW sites.  This includes a long-sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes (no heels).

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Christchurch City Trip
Friday 7th December - 9am - 4pm
Departs La Vida Conference Centre
​$70 per person - additional to registration

  This trip will leave from the conference centre at 9am and have its first stop at the Christchurch City Council offices, with a discussion on the City Water Supply.  From there we will move on to the Art Centre to look at the GSHP system, then stop by the banks of the Avon to discuss ecological enhancements in the CBD and the impacts of the earthquakes on surface water quality.  From there we will move to the Heathcote catchment to look at the Te Oranga Waikura urban forest and stormwater basin, and then the Heathcote barrage to discuss flood protection measures in the lower catchment. A packed lunch will be enjoyed at the Travis Wetland and followed by an afternoon exploring issues in the Avon catchment and residential red zone, including stormwater and flood management, cultural issues, impacts of the earthquakes, and a discussion on sea level rise impacts on shallow groundwater.
The trip will be led by Helen Rutter and Hugh Thorpe, and we are very fortunate in having additional input from many experts including Graham Harrington, Peter Christensen, Belinda Margetts, Simon Cox, and Larissa Cox-Winiata.
The trip will conclude by 4pm, and the bus will return to the conference centre via Christchurch airport. Please come prepared with wet weather gear if the forecast doesn’t look great, sunscreen if it does, and gumboots or walking boots for the residential red zone!

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