19 - 23 February 2024: Assistance is required for general tidy up of the campsite and area surrounding the DOC house at Papatowai.

Project number: 16
Location: Papatowai Campsite, The Catlins


4 volunteers for 5 days

Monday 19 February to Friday 23 February 2024


Nestled in native bush beside the Papatowai Campsite is an old DOC ranger house, which has easy access to the beautiful beach and estuary. Nearby is the Tahakopa Bay Scenic Reserve and many bush walks.

We require assistance to give the campsite and area surrounding the DOC house a general tidy up. Tasks will include painting, minor building repairs, amenity cleaning, vegetation trimming and weeding. 

What to expect

Fitness/skill level

Low to medium fitness level. Carpentry and building skills would be useful on this trip.


Fully furnished, three bedroom DOC house at Papatowai. A hot shower and laundry facilities are available, and all kitchen appliances and equipment are provided.

Pickup/drop-off location and times

Meet at the DOC Field Centre, 20 Ryley Street, Owaka at 8.30 am on Monday 19 February. The activity will finish at Papatowai at 4.00 pm on Friday 23 February.

Contribution towards food and transport

$150 per person.

How to apply

Full details on our volunteer programme and how to apply.


For questions or other volunteer opportunities in the area, contact:

Southland and Otago Volunteer Coordinator

Murihiku / Invercargill Office
Phone:   0800 275 362
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   7th Floor
CUE on Don
33 Don Street
Invercargill 9810
Postal Address:   PO Box 743
Invercargill 9840
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