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Wednesday April 11, 2018 special offer!

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Trek around the Cosmos using Stonehenge Aotearoa’s large telescopes current night sky. The evening will conclude, weather permitting, with a tour of the night sky and viewing celestial wonders through large telescopes. Our next ‘Trek around the Cosmos’ will be held on Saturday April 21st. The special topics will be the ‘Origin and Evolution of the Moon’ and the giant star cluster “Omega Centauri” which appears to be the relic of another galaxy swallowed by the Milky Way billions of years ago. Book your trek today on 06 377 1600.

A visitor attraction of international quality - National Museum of Sheep and Shearing Welcome to The Wool Shed, and see what we’ve got in our new extended display space. Located just one and a half hours from Wellington, we’re a hands-on heritage museum in the rural town of Masterton. And much, much more to stimulate your knowledge for history and actual activities

on sheep farms. We are a visitor attraction of international quality and we welcome visitors from all over New Zealand as well as thousands of visitors from around the world. Top off your visit to The Wool Shed by browsing among the many wool products and souvenir items in our shop.

History of the Fell Locomotives and Railway Experience the fully restored ‘Fell’ locomotive H 199 Mont Cenis, the only locomotive of its type in the world, ‘Fell’ brake-van F 210, and photographs of the famous Rimutaka Incline, New Zealand’s steepest railway line from 1878 to 1955. ‘Fell’ brake-van F 210 arrived in Feath-

erston in 1995 and was also restored by Society members. The Society won awards for the restoration of H 199 and F 210, and in 1995 the Museum was voted the ‘Best Heritage Experience’ at the Wellington Tourism Awards.

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On Friday and Saturday, April 20-21, Pukaha Mount Bruce gets “bugged” by the world-famous, Ruud Kleinpaste -a.k.a- The Bug Man. Ruud is known for his television and radio shows, not least Maggie’s Gardening Show, as well as being a magazine columnist on ecology, bugs and gardening. He has written several books, lectured in plant protection, studied kiwi and worked as a scientist with the Ministry of Agriculture. He is also heavily involved in a number of major conservation projects. This year he is Em Cee and entertainer at LOVE PUKAHA, the organisation’s annual fundraising dinner on Friday April 20 at the Copthorne at Solway Park. There will be nibbles, dinner, a charity auction and entertainment by Ruud and local band Rose Red. Tickets are $95 per person or $900 for a table of 10 and are available at the Pukaha Mount Bruce, visitor centre or by ringing 06 375-8004. And at Pukaha Mount Bruce on the Saturday morning following the dinner,

quent the garden and trees year round. Owners Dougal and Denise MacKenzie have identified tui, bellbirds, kereru, fantails, kingfishers, grey warblers, shining cuckoo, grey heron, kahu, karearea,ducks, bitterns, pukeko and dabchicks at various times as well as some common introduced garden birds.


WE’VE GROWN – CHECK OUT THE NEW WING! your slippers and RUG Get other items at prices well UP!!! below other retailers. • New and historic shearing equipment, sheep farm gear and wool crafts. • The story of shearing – its beginnings and how it became an international sport. • The history of sheep farming and its importance to NZ. • Spinning and weaving demonstrations on Wednesdays or by arrangement. • Shop for wool garments and souvenirs.


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“The Bug Man” to front up at Pukaha Mount Bruce

More accommodation - and bird sanctuary on the Rimutaka Cycle Trail If you’re looking for handy accommodation midway on the Rimutaka Cycle Trail, Te Rakau Bird Sanctuary is perfect! Stay in character cabins in the form of self-contained converted railway carriages and make a complete nature weekend of it. The Sanctuary is on 13.6 hectares and is a refuge for the many native birds that fre-



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7pm Saturday April 21 at Stonehenge Aotearoa. Trek around the Cosmos is a regular monthly astronomy evening held on the 3rd Saturday of each month starting at 7pm. What many people do not know is that we have an observatory with large telescopes adjacent to Stonehenge. Using images from space telescopes each evening will include a presentation on the latest discoveries from observatories around the world plus a special presentation on something in our


Self-contained cabins overlooking the bird sanctuary • Half-day fully-guided and personalised bird tours (3-4 hours) in easy accessible locations • Pristine wetlands of the Pounui Lagoons and the spectacular coast of Palliser Bay and Onoke Spit • NZ iconic and rare birds in their natural environment Ph 06 307 7749 • 027 247 1712 •

young conservationists can join Ruud and Pukaha rangers on a bug hunt around the forest. The cost is just $10 per child up to 15.

FELL Locomotive

MUSEUM Featherston, New Zealand

Famous throughout the world, the Fell Locomotive Museum recalls the history of a fascinating railway, and the lives of the people who operated it until 1955.


Independent Herald 11-04-18  

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Independent Herald 11-04-18  

Independent Herald 11-04-18