March 2023: Volunteer at Port Pegasus/Pikihatiti maintaining historical sites in the area.

Project number: 16
Location: Port Pegasus, Stewart Island/Rakiura


2 volunteers for 10 days

March 2023 (exact dates to be confirmed in December)


This activity is situated in a remote area of the Rakiura National Park on Stewart Island/Rakiura and involves maintaining many historical sites associated with tin mining in the area during the late 1800s.   

Tasks will include track clearance, re-digging drains, pulling seedlings in a significant area of ground sluiced tailings, restoration work on the hydraulic sluicing guns and historic site monitoring.

What to expect

Fitness/skill level

Very high fitness level. Volunteers must have a current first aid certificate. This activity involves a minimum of 3 hours tramping every day. The work being undertaken is very arduous and volunteers must be comfortable doing physical activity for 8 hours per day.


On board the Southern Winds DOC vessel or basic facilities at Port Pegasus Hunters Hut.

Pickup/drop-off location and times

Volunteers will meet outside the Stewart Island Experience Terminal in Bluff at 8.30 am, where they will be collected by either the DOC Southern Winds vessel or the Hananui vessel. Volunteers will be returned to Bluff after 2.00 pm on the final day.

Contribution towards food and transport

$350 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:   +64 3 211 2400
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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