Return of the Westland Petrel Festival 2016

Introducing the second Return of the Westland Petrel Festival!

The Return of the Westland Petrel Festival has been made to celebrate the Westland Petrel. A bird which returns from South America to Punakaiki once a year to breed. All proceedings will go towards raising awareness of the birds to protect

their future.

The Festival is a weekend of conservation and entertainment (see timetable below). Coming into the second time the festival has taken place the first event was a huge success and we have decided to do it again! This time with even more going on and fun to be had, not to forget to raise more money for the birds!!
We look forward to seeing new people and second timers again in 2016.

Friday 29th of April

4:30pm: Parade along the beach where Westland Petrels fly in to nest in the valley. Horse and cart will lead the parade along the beach at the end of McMillans Rd as birds fly overhead.

7pm: Evening entertainment at the Pancake rocks cafe, bring your own instruments for a good old Punakaiki Jam night. Food and drinks for purchase.

Saturday 30TH

10am-12: Planting morning at the Conservation Volunteers NZ project which plants trees to make an easy stress free journey up into the Valley above where the birds live. A courtesy coach will be running from the Punakaiki township to assist with travelling.

This year a pest control presentation from OSPRI NZ will allow planters to learn of the ways in which we protect our native species from preditors such as stoats, rats and possums.

10:00: Local market infront of the Pancake Rocks Cafe with food stalls and local arts and crafts.

2:00-4:00: Workshops

2:30-4:30 Children's afternoon at the Punakaiki Beach Camp. Clown show, bouncy castle and horse wagon rides for kids and parents to hangout and have fun.

5pm till late: Entertainemnt: to be announced later.

Sunday 2nd of May

10am Pancake buffet and music at the Pancake rocks cafe

Tickets will go on sale at various locations later in the year. Also if anyone would like to volunteer at the event please email

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29 April , Friday 17:00

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