The YPG is pleased to host the third YPG Field Trip, this time in the capital Wellington! The Wellington Field Trip will be a “Historic Dams” tour, visiting some of the first dams built in the region now owned and operated by Greater Wellington Regional Council. The dams include the two oldest concrete gravity dams in New Zealand, Woollen Mills Dam and Korokoro Dam, built in 1903 in Korokoro, near Petone; and the Birchville Dam, a concrete arch dam built in 1930 in Upper Hutt. We will hear from Greater Wellington(GWRC) and Dam Safety Intelligence (DSI) representatives on the history of the dams, and some of the modern challenges of owning these dams and the upgrade works required to strengthen them. The tour will be capped off in the afternoon with a visit to the nearby Boneface Brewery in Upper Hutt to experience the next level craft beer and really good food. The bus will leave the brewery later in the afternoon to drop people in Wellington City at the Meridian Office and the airport.
To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, cell phone, and any dietary requirements.
Field Trip Itinerary:
9am: Welcome and presentation to the group on the History and ModernChallenges of Woollen Mills, Korokoro, and Birchville Dams
Location: Meridian / DSI office – 33 Customhouse Quay, Wellington, 6011
10am: Board bus and travel to Cornish St for Woollen Mills and Korokoro Damvisits
Location: Cornish St, Oakleigh St
Location: Potentially have cut lunch at Korokoro Dam or Oakleigh St entrance
1pm: Board bus and travel to Birchville Dam
3pm: End of dams visit – bus to Boneface Brewery for refreshments
Location: Boneface Brewery and Kitchen, Upper Hutt
4.30pm: Board bus for trip back to Meridian Office and Wellington Airport
Location: Meridian Office and Wellington Airport