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Ruud Kleinpaste introduces George the tree weta to Callum during the Wild Dunedin festival 2017
Photo by Neil Harraway

Thanks if you were one of the 7,000 that attended the Wild Dunedin festival

Wild Dunedin —

Our second Wild Dunedin festival was a wild success with more than double the attendances of last year's festival. Many thanks to our funders, sponsors, those contributing events and a special thanks to festival guest Ruud Kleinpaste and his weta friends George and Dorothy.

We wish to thank those that have sent us photos and comments about their experiences over the long weekend...your kind responses make our all our work worthwhile.

We tried a few new things this year -

Having a city base with NatureHQ . Theartdept's workshop making wild sticks showed there is plenty of scope to use NatureHQ as a venue for a variety of workshops and events in 2018,

Instablitz - loads of lovely images from the public and  international instagrammers who were guests over the festival weekend of Enterprise Dunedin...take a look on instagram #wilddunedinfestival

Orokonui Challenge - 160 keen walkers took up the challenge and walked the 11km scenic route at Orokonui Ecosanctuary to help feed the Kaka and Takahe.

We welcomed the Dunedin Amenities Society and perfect weather helped to make their Town Belt Traverse break previous attendance records. Over 900 people gained new insights into our belt of green around the city.  The Department of Conservation UrbanNature expo captured the attention of the walkers at the end of the traverse.

The inaugural Dunedin Wild Film Festival showed us there is enough interest for us to  bring other award winning international wild film titles from Jackson Hole in the US to Dunedin in 2018.

There were some technical hitches on Sunday night's screening but with Ruud Kleinpaste in the house, audiences were treated to a bug stand up routine as well as seeing him on the big screen with some of the largest and most feared bugs in the world.

Thank you Ruud for your infectious love of nature and we couldn't have wished for a better guest to celebrate Wild Dunedin in 2017.