Teams of wild an­i­mals on sa­fari in cap­i­tal

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Wild an­i­mals will be roam­ing around Welling­ton on Sun­day, May 15 – deep in the sub­urbs and even on the Ca­ble Car.

It’s all part of Ori­en­teer­ing Hutt Val­ley’s an­nual Metlink City Sa­fari.

The race to ex­plore Welling­ton, in­clud­ing Tawa and Kenepuru, by foot and by all forms of pub­lic trans­port, is Welling­ton’s big­gest nav­i­ga­tion event, with more than 700 peo­ple ex­pected to take part.

Kelvin Thiele, Metlink City Sa­fari man­ager, said this year’s event would have a wild an­i­mal theme, ac­knowl­edg­ing the new start­ing lo­ca­tion at Welling­ton Zoo.

‘‘Teams will start the Sa­fari ex­plor­ing the zoo and lo­cat­ing and iden­ti­fy­ing images of wild an­i­mals,’’ he said.

‘‘They’ll then ex­plore the rest of the city, track­ing down tigers in in Mi­ra­mar, meerkats in Pe­tone and ba­boons in Kenepuru.’’

Thiele said the in­clu­sion of the Zoo this year’ was unique and a great way for par­tic­i­pants to have a look at the im­pres­sive changes that had hap­pened there.

Each par­tic­i­pant will be given a map book and a day pass. The map book will tell par­tic­i­pants where the wild an­i­mal images are. The teams then race to visit and iden­tify as many of them as pos­si­ble in the three or six-hour time limit.

The day pass can be used for all forms of pub­lic trans­port. Teams can take the train to Pe­tone, the ca­ble car to Kel­burn, the bus to Is­land Bay, or the ferry to Days Bay.

Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil and all of Welling­ton’s pub­lic trans­port op­er­a­tors sup­port the event, re­gard­ing it as a great op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to see how con­ve­nient Welling­ton’s pub­lic trans­port is and all the places you can get to on it.

Thiele said Sa­fari par­tic­i­pants choose where they will travel, and how.

‘‘Ev­ery­one is par­tic­i­pat­ing for the same length of time. That means it at­tracts a wide range of par­tic­i­pants.’’

The Metlink City Sa­fari uses a text-based live scor­ing sys­tem. Par­tic­i­pants text the iden­tity of the wild an­i­mal at each lo­ca­tion. They then re­ceive leader­board up­dates through­out the event.

Cat­e­gories in­clude open, schools, young fam­ily, vets and older fam­i­lies.

For de­tails and to reg­is­ter, go to citysa­


Last year’s City Sa­fari, which kicked off in Civic Square, proved pop­u­lar.

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