There is a Native Orchid festival being held in Hamilton on the weekend of the 8-9 October.
On the Saturday, there will be a seminar covering a variety of orchid related topics including identifying orchids by their leaves.
On the Sunday 9th October there will be bus trips to orchid sites, and alsoa Botanical Art Workshop and a Basket making workshop using native plant material.
The full program and registration details are available via this link (CLICK HERE).
I understand that registrations closed on 24th September, but you might be able to convince them of a late registration if you are particularly keen! Good luck, and apologies for the late notification.