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Picnic In the Pinetum

Picnic In the Pinetum

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When:

  • Sat 1 Dec ’18, 11:00am – 5:00pm

Where:

Ian McKean Pinetum, Renfrew Rd, Rangiwahia

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

To celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Ian McKean Pinetum, we're holding a family-friendly Picnic in the Pinetum.

It's been 60 years since farmer and tree enthusiast Ian McKean planted the first conifer tree of this collection in Rangiwahia. Today, this Pinetum (collection of trees) is one of the finest and largest collections of conifer (cone-bearing) trees in the southern hemisphere, featuring more than 1500 trees across farmland in Rangiwahia, northern Manawatu.

The Pinetum is always open to the public, but this 60th anniversary calls for a celebration!

While you walk through this serene, international collection of trees, you'll be treated to stunning views of the mighty Ruahine Ranges and Mt Ruapehu. Take a break from everyday life to enjoy this unique and peaceful place, where you'll immediately feel at ease.

On the day, please BYO picnic; wander through at your own leisure, or take part in some of the many activities, including:

- Tour among the Trees: Join legendary tree-guru Don Tantrum for an insight into the history of the Pinetum. Don's planted a fair few of the trees by hand and he'll walk you through what each tree is and where it has come from. There are some hilarious seed-seeking stories that you don't want to miss. (tour times: 12 pm and 2 pm).

- A collection of Palmy Rocks have made their way to the Pinetum and will be hidden among the trees - can you spot them? We'll have spot prizes for the rocks.

- What's a farm picnic day without toasting marshmallows? We'll have a small brazier, a stock pile of marshmallows and long sticks so you can toast them to perfection.

- We're bringing Geocaching to the Pinetum - be the first to discover what caches we have created.

- We'll have a free-for-use BBQ onsite for anyone who may want to have a gourmet cook-up.

And while you're in Rangiwahia, be sure to check out the other magical spots that make this area of northern Manawatu so special.

There's Mangahuia Wetlands, Rangiwahia Scenic Reserve, Limestone Creek Reserve Glow Worm Caves, and stop in at the Apiti Tavern for a delicious bite to eat!

To find more out more about Manawatu, visit www.ManawatuNZ.co.nz and www.irongates.co.nz.

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