Volunteer crew at Tarawera Falls
Image: Dean Strachan | DOC

Introduction

Come along to help DOC rangers and community groups enhance local gems in Rotorua.

Description

Rangers from Rotorua invite you to join our monthly volunteer days. The activities and the location will vary from month to month.

As well as helping out DOC rangers and community groups, you'll also get to learn about the history of the project area, go on a walk, or even catch a glimpse of some of the amazing wildlife.

Dates

August 2022

Track maintenance Tarawera Outlet to Falls Track

When: Wednesday 17 August, 8:30 am – 4:30pm

What: Track maintenance with the Visitors and Heritage DOC ranger

Where: Tarawera Outlet to Falls Track

Task: Maintaining the track and foliage.

Requirements:

  • Medium fitness and able to carry tools.
  • 5km walk
  • Comfortable hiking boots.

September 2022

Conservation Week Planting Day

When: Tuesday, 06 September, 8:00am – 4:30pm

What: Native Tree Planting  

Where: Mangapouri Scenic Reserve

Task: Plant native trees

Requirements:

  • Medium fitness and able to dig and plant small trees
  • Comfortable hiking / work boots or gumboots.

Conservation Week Planting Day

When: Thursday, 08 September, 8:00am – 4:30pm

What: Native Tree Planting  

Where: Mangapouri Scenic Reserve

Task: Plant native trees

Requirements:

  • Medium fitness and able to dig and plant small trees
  • Comfortable hiking / work boots or gumboots.

Rerewhakaaitu & Maunga Kakaramea / Rainbow Mountain Planting Day

When: Tuesday 13 September, 8:00am – 4:30pm

What: Native Tree Planting  

Where: Rerewhakaaitu & Maunga Kakaramea / Rainbow Mountain

Task: Plant native trees

Requirements:

  • Medium fitness and able to dig and plant small trees
  • Comfortable hiking / work boots or gumboots.

Maunga Kakaramea / Rainbow Mountain Planting Day

When: Thursday 15 September, 8:00am – 4:30pm

What: Native Tree Planting  

Where: Maunga Kakaramea / Rainbow Mountain

Task: Plant native trees

Requirements:

  • Medium fitness and able to dig and plant small trees
  • Comfortable hiking / work boots or gumboots.

Waikite Geothermal Wetland Planting Day

When: Tuesday 27 September, 8:00am – 4:30pm

What: Native Tree Planting  

Where: Waikite Geothermal Wetland

Task: Plant native trees

Requirements:

  • Medium fitness and able to dig and plant small trees
  • Gumboots

October 2022

Waikite Geothermal Wetland Planting Day

When: Tuesday, 04 October, 8:00am – 4:30pm

What: Native Tree Planting  

Where: Waikite Geothermal Wetland

Task: Plant native trees

Requirements:

  • Medium fitness and able to dig and plant small trees
  • Gumboots

Track Resurfacing Wai-o-tapu Boardwalk

When: Wednesday 19 October. 8:30 am – 4:30pm

What : Track Resurfacing with Visitors and Heritage DOC rangers.

Where: waiotapu boardwalk

Task: Resurfacing Track with Pumice

Requirements:

  • Low to Medium fitness.
  • Comfortable boots.

November 2022

Maintenance Rerewhakaaitu Ash Pit Road Campsite

When: Wednesday 16 November, 8:30am – 4:30pm

What: Maintenance with the Visitors and Heritage DOC rangers.

Where: Rerewhakaaitu, Ash Pit Road Campsite

Task:      Mowing grass, trimming edges around structures, cleaning toilets, weed spraying, clearing branches.

Requirements:

  • Low to medium fitness
  • Comfortable boots (steel caps for Scrub barring – weed trimer)

April 2023

Track Maintenance Mangorewa

When: Wednesday 12 April, 8:30am – 4:30pm

What: Track Maintenance with Visitors and Heritage DOC rangers.

Where: Mangorewa Track

Task: Maintaining the Track and Foliage.

Requirements:

  • High fitness
  • 9km
  • Comfortable hiking boots and extra socks

What to expect

Volunteers may find themselves tackling invasive weeds, helping with pest control, planting trees, or listening to recordings to try and pick out kiwi calls. Some tasks may be physically demanding.

You should wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the task.

Transport may be provided – check with the office.

For track and maintenance days you can expect to do the following:

  • Use hand tools to trim any low hanging branches/vines or encroaching
  • Collect rubbish
  • Remove debris from tracks
  • Work on general track maintenance

What to bring

  • Food for lunch
  • Drinking water
  • Sun hat
  • Raincoat
  • Personal medication
  • Camera
  • Phone
  • Good footwear (boots preferred)
  • Back pack
  • Appropriate clothing

DOC will provide

  • Safety Hi-vis vest
  • Gloves and eye-wear if required
  • Hand-tools
  • First-aid kit

Contact

For more information and to register for any of the above, contact:

Catherine Noble, Ranger
Phone: +64 275 423 683
Email: cnoble@doc.govt.nz

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