Technical Tour

Monday 15 April - Technical Tour

The technical tour is a little different from the usual with a visit to the working quarry immediately adjacent to the Forsyth Barr Stadium. The Palmer family have been associated with quarries in Dunedin for over 130 years and a fifth generation Palmer, Tony Hunter, will provide the briefing at the start of the tour.

Buses will take delegates to a high vantage point at the top of the quarry with panoramic views of Dunedin and the Otago Harbour. The buses will then descend to the lunch venue 50 metres below sea level in the bottom of this huge hole in the basalt rock. Dunedin is truly fortunate to have such a valuable source of good quality aggregate so close to the centre of the City. Recently granted resource consents will ensure the quarry remains operational for many years to come.

Social Programme


Optional tours Sunday afternoon

A range of tours have been identified that you could either self-cater or if there is sufficient interest Harding Consultants will arrange optional tours on Sunday 14 April.  An example of some of the options and indicative costings are available by clicking here.  Please note that there will also be transport costs involved.  However, once the level of interest has been ascertained this will be confirmed and advised to all those interested in taking part.  Please indicate on the registration form and we’ll be in touch with more detail.

Welcome Function

The Welcome Function will be held on Sunday 14 April at Otago Museum, where delegates will be able to visit a truly enchanting venue - Dunedin’s only rainforest! Enter a lush, living, tropical environment and come face to face with some of nature’s most beautiful butterflies. Hundreds of these enchanting creatures roam free all around you – some even stopping (on you) to say hello! You will also get an opportunity to visit the Southern man exhibition. Celebrate the special character of Southern New Zealand with this ideal introduction to the region. Discover the human endeavours that have shaped the stories of this place, explore the natural history of Otago and uncover the origins of our demanding landscape and environment.

Canapés and finger food will be served.

Cost:         Inclusive for delegates
Partners:  $112.50 incl GST




Monday 15 April - Conference Dinner

The Conference Dinner will be held on Monday 15 April at Larnach Castle.

As we are visiting a castle, we’d like to encourage you all to dress up as a character that you would expect to encounter in a castle from any era or country.  Dress up is of course always optional, however the theme makes this easy to dress up.  Some ideas are:

Jesters, Kings or Queens from modern or old era; Serving maids; Monks, Friar Tucks, Princess or Prince; Medieval costumes, Knight (in shining armour), Peasants, Beefeater; Executioner; Butlers; Black Adder to name a few.

Cost:          Inclusive for delegates
Partners:   $150.00 incl GST