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Head Out and Connect with Nature!

We’re excited to join the National Aquarium of New Zealand again for Beautiful Bay in May 2024!

And there are even more incredible prizes up for grabs thanks to generous local businesses.

We have another 31 awesome activities to inspire you, your whānau and friends to get out in nature this autumn. Explore the nature all around us, from the birds in our backyards, amazing flora and fauna, to beaches and the clouds in the sky! Spending some restorative time in nature has ben clearly evidenced to help with our mental and physical wellbeing - the benefits are many!

So, tick one activity off a day or do as many as you can at once - it’s entirely up to you. It’s about getting out, connecting with nature and having fun!
You don’t have to stop there either. There are so many ways you can be in and connect with nature. See what else you can find or do, add them to your list and share your ideas with others.

This year the National Aquarium of New Zealand (NANZ) have produced some awesome Beautiful Bay in May for Schools resources to help connect your tamariki and young people with nature and biodiversity with the Beautiful Bay in May! Check them out here - Beautiful Bay in May for Schools

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Download the Beautiful Bay in May Activity Sheet, tick one activity off a day or do as many as you can at once - it’s entirely up to you. It’s about getting out, connecting with nature and having fun!

You don’t have to stop there either.  There are so many ways you can be in and connect with nature - see what else you can find or do.

Share and win!

There are amazing spot prizes and an epic family adventure prize up for grabs too! Challenge your whānau, classmates, group of friends or work colleagues. Take photos and share your experiences with your network of friends and family and with others enjoying the same activities in different places around Hawke’s Bay. Make sure to tag us so we can see you having fun!

How to enter

  1. Download and print off the 31 activities
  2. Get out and about in nature and tick off the 31 activities as you enjoy them
  3. Share your adventures on Facebook and make sure you tag Biodiversity Hawke's Bay and use #bayinmay to go in the draw for amazing prizes. Alternatively, you can email the team on to enter if you don't want to share on social.

Win an Epic Family Adventure Prize Pack!

We’ve had great support from some nature focused businesses across Hawke’s Bay.  To enter simply take photos of you enjoying Beautiful Bay in May activities, share on Facebook and tag in Biodiversity Hawke’s Bay including #bayinmay #bhb. There are 8 awesome prizes in this impressive giveaway that will help you get out and about in Hawke’s Bay, long after May is over! Terms & conditions below.



Why is Biodiversity Important?

Hawke’s Bay is absolutely beautiful, and also a unique part of New Zealand. It has a wide variety of living things, habitats and natural features that are often found nowhere else.

  • 75% of native vegetation lost to land clearance
  • Only 2% of local wetlands remain
  • Several native plants, birds, lizards, frogs, freshwater fish have been lost

It is unacceptable that we are losing so many native species and ecosystems locally. Loss of this biodiversity (the huge variety and connections of life on Earth) is a massive concern locally, nationally, and globally as it is vital to our survival and the survival of our planet. Learn more about our local biodiversity and how you can get involved. 

Belinda Sleight

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"The more we engage with nature and appreciate how good we feel when we are connected with our natural environment, the more we will work to protect and enhance what we have that makes Hawke's Bay such a special place"

Belinda Sleight, Biodiversity Hawke's Bay community Facilitator.

Family Adventure Prize Pack - Terms & Conditions

  1. Any shared social media content of participants engaging in one of the 31 Beautiful Bay in May activities, tagging #bayinmay, between the 1st to 31st of May 2024 will enter the draw. 

  2. Social media posts tagging #bayinmay must be posted by 11.59pm (NZST) on 31st May 2024 to be eligible for the prize draw. 

  3. In lieu of social media posting, email contact of notification of activity to must be posted by 11.59pm (NZST) on 31st May 2024 to be eligible for the prize draw.

  4. Appropriate entries will be identified and participants’ social media user names will be put in the random draw to win the one Epic Family Adventure Prize Pack. 

  5. Winners will be contacted via social media before 30th June 2023.

  6. Prizes cannot be swapped or changed.

  7. The Beautiful Bay in May Epic Family Adventure Prize Pack contains a range of prizes from different organisations. The individual terms and conditions for each prize therefore may vary. The winner will need to check the specific conditions of prizes containing memberships and experiences with the relevant organisations. Organisations offering memberships or experiences as part of the prize pack are:

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