22 – 26 January 2024: This is a wonderful opportunity to discover several of Southland's historic relics and help to preserve them for future generations.

Project number: 15
Location: Southland


4 volunteers for 5 days

Monday 22 January – Friday 26 January 2024


You will be based in Invercargill for the week and will travel to multiple locations around Southland, during which time you will get to explore the gold mining relics in Longwood Forest, the hauler in Waipohatu Recreation Area, the bucket dredge at Waipapa Point, the coastal warning system (radar) on top of The Bluff/Motupōhue and the Gunpit Coastal Defence Camp in Bluff.

Tasks will include clearing vegetation and applying the metal preservative ‘Ensis oil’ to all of the relics, which will help to preserve them for years to come and prevent further deterioration.

What to expect

Fitness/skill level

Low to medium level of fitness. Most sites are easily accessible, but volunteers will be required to walk for 2–3 hours in the bush on relatively flat terrain.


Volunteers will need to arrange their own accommodation in Invercargill.

Pickup/drop-off location and times

Meet at the DOC workshop (at the rear of Marshall Industries), 193 Bond Street, Invercargill at 8.30 am on Monday 22 January. Volunteers will be returned to the same location at the end of each day around 4.00 pm.

Contribution towards food and transport

There is no charge for this activity. However, volunteers will need to provide their own food for the week. DOC will provide transport to the different work locations each day.

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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