Wellington Field Trip
Morning of Thursday 8 November
There are two tour options available. Both are free to conference registrants. Details are yet to be fully confirmed so the following descriptions are indicative at this time.
The tours will run regardless of the weather being fine or wet so appropriate clothing for the day is recommended. Refreshments and toilets will be made available.
Tour A: Wellington Emergency Coordination Centres Walking Tour
The Wellington Emergency Coordination Centres Walking Tour will start from the conference venue, Te Papa, at 14:00. Initially we will travel by bus some 3 km to the Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office (WREMO) and, after a short visit there, we will walk approximately 300m – 500m to two National emergency coordination centres.
The walk between the centres will also give an opportunity to see some buildings of national significance, including the National Library, the Supreme Court and the High Court, St Paul’s cathedral, and the New Zealand Parliamentary precinct. The sites of buildings that have been demolished following the Kaikoura earthquake will be pointed out.
At the end of the tour a charted bus may be taken back to Te Papa or alternatively a brisk 2 km walk made along Lambton Quay (the “Golden Mile”, the main shopping street of Wellington and the original shoreline) and then along the waterfront to finish at Te Papa (approximately 30 minutes).
Tour B: City views and natural hazards risks
The City views and natural hazards risks tour will start from the conference venue, Te Papa, at 14:00. The chartered bus will drive through the Central Business District of Wellington and then up to Wrights Hill, on top of the western hills. On a fine day the view is glorious and the tectonic (earthquake related) landforms evident will be pointed out.
Depending on the weather and timing, the bus will then drive along the instrumented and monitored SMART motorway to the Hutt Valley to see areas at risk from flooding, liquefaction and fault rupture, especially from the Wainuiomata Hill road at the top of the eastern hills.
At the end of the tour the bus will return to Te Papa.