Tahi Open Day 2023
Saturday, 4th November, 2023: 9am – 3pm
Free Entry – Wet or Fine
LEARN about our honey and beehives (book a tour – suits provided). We recommend coming early, as later tours fill up.
EXPLORE 780 acres of award-winning wetland and dune restoration, historic Pa Site and native forests filled with bird life.
ENJOY great coffee, a delicious range from the Owhiwa Rd food truck, real fruit ice cream and Tahi honey.
You are free to WANDER or take a GUIDED TOUR. Take this once a year opportunity to have a guided walk to the historic pa site of Ohua Tahi, or visit a beehive with one of our beekeepers.
Little ones can have a PONY RIDE and everyone can enjoy a Clydesdale-drawn wagon ride! Seagreen Gardens Nursery will have NATIVE PLANTS for sale.
TOUR numbers are limited, and all tours must be signed up for on the day, prior to the start time. Tour signup sheets, tour starting points, food, activities and information is at the Tahi Barn.
There is NO CHARGE for entry or participation. Secure parking onsite. BRING your walking shoes, togs, hat and sunscreen for a great day out. Tahi is a bird sanctuary please leave your pooch at home!
Tahi Open Day Tours
All Tours must be signed up for in advance and only on the day.
Bee Experience – 25 people per Tour | 30mins
9:15am, 10:00am, 10:45am, 11:30am, 12:15pm, 1:00pm, 1:45pm, 2:30pm
An opportunity to meet one of Tahi’s beekeepers, put on a bee suit and have a close look in a beehive. Find out all about these fascinating creatures and how honey is made. Not suitable for anyone with a bee allergy!
Tahi Our Place – 11 people per tour | 30mins
9:45am, 10:30am, 11:15am, 12:00pm, 12:45pm, 1:30pm, 2:15pm
Do you have young ones, or are less able to walk? Then take a drive through the Tahi property and see some of the wonderful transformation that has taken place here. Your driver will provide you with some facts on Tahi, and the route will take you past the Tahi Lake, wetlands and lots of native plantings.
Dune Restoration Tour – 24 people per tour | 1hr
11:00am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm
This Tour involves a flat walk of approximately 850m across the property, past wetlands, to our dune area. Your guide will show you how we are endeavouring to restore the dune frontage, restrict erosion, and encourage the establishment of coastal dune plantings including the endangered Pimelea Villosa (Sand Daphne). Bird species that may be seen include Oyster Catcher, Dotterel and occasional Australasian Bittern.
Forest Walk – 24 people per Tour | 1.5hrs
Take a guided walk through the lower slopes of our historic mountain Ohua Tahi. The walk showcases the native forest along a winding bush trail including several hills. Your guide will tell you all about the conservation project that is Tahi and answer any questions you may have. A reasonable level of fitness and suitable footwear is required. Please ensure you spray your shoes against Kauri Dieback before commencing on this walk.
Pa Walk – 24 people per Tour | 3hrs
A more challenging walk through rich cut-over coastal forest including ancient Puriri, Kauri, Kahikatea and Nikau stands. You will be guided to the summit of the largest pa in the area which is of high spiritual significance to local hapu, Ngati Korora. Thousands of tonnes of Puriri and Kauri were logged from this area, so we are fortunate to have this remaining remnant protected in perpetuity. A good level of fitness and suitable footwear is required. This walk is subject to weather conditions. Please ensure you spray your shoes against Kauri Dieback before commencing on this walk.