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Regional Outdoors takes to the skies

16 February 2005

Regional Outdoors takes to the skies

On Saturday 26 February, Greater Wellington’s summer Regional Outdoors Programme takes to the skies.

In association with Heli-flight and Upper Hutt City Council, Greater Wellington is running helicopter rides over the Upper Hutt Valley as part of their summer programme.

Chair of the Landcare Committee Chris Laidlaw said “This is a fantastic chance to enjoy a spectacular bird’s eye view of the Upper Hutt Valley.”

“You’ll see everything from parks, forests, rivers, gorges, high ridges to the original railway route from Wellington to Wairarapa. It’s a rare opportunity not to be missed.”

Flights take off from Totara Park Road, fly over Cannon Point, the Karapoti Gorge, Tunnel Gully, Mt Climie towards the upper Pakuratahi Forest between Wellington and Wairarapa.

Two helicopters will carry a total of nine people for every ten-minute flight. The cost is $50 per person and flights depart every 15 minutes. To make a booking phone 04 526 5330 or email bookings@gw.govt.nz. Reservations are essential.

Time: 9.00am to 4.00pm Date: Saturday 26 February Venue: Totara Park Road, Upper Hutt How to get there: From Wellington, turn off SH2 onto Totara Park Road. Flights leave from the Awakairangi Park sports field on your right just after the bridge. Parking is available in the carpark adjacent to the sports field.

A full listing of Regional Outdoors events for March is online at www.gw.govt.nz or call 04 526 5330 for further information. Copies of the programme can also be obtained from any Greater Wellington office, local council office or visitor information centre.

ENDS

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