Fancy a giant scavenger hunt spread across some of the most beautiful sights in Marlborough?
The Conservation Department has organised an open-entry scavenger hunt made up of 25 questions to be answered at locations around Marlborough as part of 2012 Conservation Week which will run from September 9 to 16.
This year's theme, Love your Parks, is aimed to get people outdoors and enjoying conservation land and will also offer a tramping trip with the Marlborough Tramping Club.
The week will end with a prize night at Marlborough Convention Centre featuring guest speaker William Pike who continued his passion for the outdoors even after losing a leg climbing Mount Ruapehu.
Conservation Department community relations manager Siobain Browning said people could download the scavenger hunt questions from conservationweek.org.nz, which would give them a rough location of where to look around Marlborough including Tennyson Inlet, Pine Valley and White's Bay.
"People can pick somewhere close to their home or go all the way up Mount Stokes."
An example of a simple question will be, "how many people are shown on the sign in defence of Karaka Point?" The answer is on a sign a short walk along Karaka Point near Picton.
Competitors can submit their answers online or by post and each answer will give them a chance to win a prize, including a free weekend's accommodation at White's Bay or a day with a Conservation Department ranger.
For further information about the open-entry scavenger hunt, contact Siobain Browning on 03 520 3012.
For more information about the tramp contact Mary Jobberns from the Marlborough Tramping Club on 03 572 8762.
Conservation week activities
Scavenger Hunt: Entries close 5pm, September 14. See conservationweek.org.nz for more info.
Rarangi Restoration Day: Planting and weeding along Rarangi Beach starting from the Rarangi Community Centre on Beach Rd at 10am, September 6.
Marlborough Holiday Expo 2012 at the Marlborough Convention Centre: The Conservation Department will have a stand at the holiday expo on September 9, from 10am to 3pm, covering conservation projects in the region.
Open Tramp: The Marlborough Tramping Club are hosting an open tramp around Prospectors' Terrace from 8am to 4.30pm, September 12. Cost $10.
Pelorus Bridge Guided Walk: Forest and Bird volunteers are hosting the walk where they work to protect the long-tailed bat from 10am, September 15.
Love Your Parks guest speaker William Pike: Mr Pike will share his tale of keeping his life but losing a leg on Mt Ruapehu at the Marlborough Convention Centre at 2pm on September 16.
Welcome Home Hutton's Shearwaters: A fair and parade will be held down West End in Kaikoura in honour of the bird's return on September 22.
- The Marlborough Express