The Wellington Region occupies the southern tip of the North Island of New Zealand where over three quarters of it’s 491,500 population (June 2014 estimate) reside in four cities at the southwestern corner. The overall climate is mild (average daily maximum and minimum temperatures are 20.6 and 13.6 oC in February and 11.4 and 6.6 oC in July). Much of the region contains rough hill country, shaped by the Southern Alps. To the west of the Alps lies a narrow coastal plain wheras to the east lie the undulating hill country and wetlands of the Wairarapa valley which contains rich farmland. Soils in the Wellington region support a wide range of land uses, including horticulture, viticulture, vegetable growing, cropping, dairy farming, drystock farming and forestry. Soil orders including allophanic, brown, gley, pallic and recent soils dominate lowland areas.
Below: DNA has already been collected from over 115 soil samples located at 23 sites within the Greater Wellington Region