Introduction

Get involved with conservation groups working with DOC in Northland.

Highlights

 

Whangārei Conservation Adventures brochure

Take a moment to celebrate, nurture, and protect nature in the Whangārei area. This brochure includes a map of 12 volunteer opportunities and related conservation activities at sites close to Whangārei.

Download the Whangārei Conservation Adventures brochure (PDF, 4,129K)

Listed below are some volunteer based groups that you can get involved with. You'll learn new skills, meet like-minded people, contribute to conservation, and increase your connection to your local community and natural spaces.

For more conservation volunteer opportunities in Northland:


About Tern Waipu

Aim: To bring back the tara iti/fairy tern from the brink of extinction. About Tern Waipu carry out behavioural observations and predator and weed control to protect NZs most endangered breeding bird.

Contact: robyn@theridge.nz

Ahipara Community Coastcare Group 

Aim: To protect and restore the dune environment of 90 Mile Beach (Te Oneroa-a-Tōhe) in the Ahipara area to make it a safe place for dotterels and other shorebirds and for everyone to enjoy. You can help by assisting with removing weeds, raising seeds, joining working bees, organising school projects or offering a donation. 

Ahipara Community Coastcare Group

Aroha Island Charitable Trust

Aim: Manages and cares for the beautiful open space of Aroha Island, near Kerikeri, which is entirely run by volunteers. You can get involved with ongoing restoration and conservation work or assist with organised activities.

Aroha Island Eco Centre website

Bay of Islands Maritime Park Inc (BOIMP)

Aim: This organisation is concerned with improving the catchments and the health of the marine environment in the Bay of Islands. Our vision is "waking up to brimming biodiversity – native naturally." Our mission is "restoring native life on land, freshwater and sea – dream by dream." BOIMP Inc has two working groups: Fish Forever focussing on the marine environment and Living Waters-BOI focussing on freshwater and catchments.

Bay of Islands Maritime Park Inc website

Bay of Islands Walkways Trust

Aim: The trust has constructed and matintains an off-road walking track from Okiato to Russell, linking to the existing Paihia to Opua coastal track via the vehicle ferry which runs from Opua to Okiato. You can get involved in the ongoing maintenance of the tracks and boardwalks. 

Bay of Islands Walkways Trust website has more walking and cycling tracks in the area.

Birds New Zealand (Far North)

Aim: Studying the birds of New Zealand. This includes their feeding and breeding habits, where they live, how long they live, what they look like, how to distinguish them from other similar birds, and what their enemies and friends are. The Far North Region covers north of the Hokianga through Kawakawa to the coast.

Birds New Zealand website

Bream Bay Coastal Care Trust

Aim: To help care for and enhance the 700 ha of coastal land held by DOC in Bream Bay. Volunteers can help with weeding, planting, working bees and planning projects.

Bream Bay Coastal Care Trust

Bream Head Conservation Trust

Aim: To restore Bream Head's natural environment to healthy forest and abundant bird song, preserve archeological and historic sites within the sreserve and enhance the recreation and education potential of the reserve. 

Bream Head Conservation Trust website

Bushland Trust

Aim: To preserve and restore the Sweetwater Lakes (Lake Ngatu, Lake Rotoroa, and Lake Heather). Volunteers can get involved in planting and clearing, raising seeds and growing trees, working bees and school projects.

Bushland Trust website

Far North Whale Rescue

Aim: Provides a first response to whale strandings in the Far North. You can join the group, make a donation or attend a whale resuce training workshop.

Far North Whale Rescue on Facebook

Friends of Rangikapiti Reserve

Aim: To win the war on weeds at Rangikapiti, an iconic reserve between Coopers Beach and Mangonui; and to prevent the invasive weed asparagus scandens, from spreading over to the Hihi block where Whakaangi Landcare Trust manage Northland brown kiwi.

Contact: Alison Staines alison.purple@xtra.co.nz or +64 9 524 0291

Friends of Rangitane Stream

Aim:  Developing wildlife corridors along the margins of Rangitane Stream and related streams and wetlands to protect at-risk native species, enhance native biodiversity, and improve water quality. We're planting native trees, removing target weeds, reducing sediment run-off, collaborating with other groups to control predators, and other activities to support vulnerable native species that dwell along the stream, such as kiwi and dabchick/weweia.

Contact: friendsofrangitane@gmail.com or +64 21 176 0211.

 

Friends of Rarawa Beach

Aim: To preserve and re-generate the Rarawa Beach coastline. Work includes regular stoat trapping to protect endangered New Zealand dotterels, growing and planting native plants, and getting local schools involved.

Friends of Rarawa Beach Facebook page

Friends of Taumarumaru

Aim: Preserving the historic features of Taumarumaru Scenic Reserve and improving the quality of the bush and access for visitors. Projects include weed control, native tree planing, enhancement of Taumarumaru Pa, Otanenui Pa and Ohumumu Pa sites. 

Contact: Gerald Messenger +64 9 406 2201

Guardians of the Bay of Islands / Project Island Song

Aim: That the seven main islands in the eastern Bay of Islands remain a pest mammal free wildlife sanctuary and ensure the natural eco-systems continue to be restored for future generations.

Donors, volunteers and supporters are helping to bring back birdsong to the islands, note by note. You can join in too, visit:

Herekino Landcare Group

Aim: Eradication of Kahili ginger in the northern catchment of the Herekino Harbour. Ginger threatens to smother the native forest. Volunteers can help with clearing wild ginger, joining working bees, organising school projects and donations.

Herekino Landcare Group project on Weedbusters website

Contact: Mike Finalyson mcfinn7@gmail.co.nz or +64 9 409 3077

Kaitaia 4WD Club

Aim: To improve the image of recreational four wheel drivers by joining forces with DOC, the local community and iwi to protect valuable midden sites along the west coast south of Ninety Mile beach. The Tauroa middens are the remnants of seasonal camping sites used by iwi during food gathering expeditions. Volunteers check and repair fences around the middent sites.

Contact: Mark Patterson kaitaia4x4club@hotmail.com or +64 21 608 975 

Kerikeri Basin Weedbusters

Aim: We kill invasive alien plants in the Kerikeri Basin Reserve and the Kerikeri River Scenic Reserve to rehabilitate our species-rich lowland tōtara/broadleaf forest. Targets include climbers like jasmine, moth plant, honeysuckle, black-eyed Susan, German ivy, passionfruit, climbing asparagus; trees and shrubs like Taiwan cherry, tobacco weed, Bangalow palm; and ground cover like African club moss, Tradescantia, Kahiki ginger. Most of Northland's finest weeds are here.

Contact: Barbara Parris barbara2parris@gmail.com

Kiwi Coast

Aim: The Kiwi Coast is a collaborative initiative that links over 170 community-led conservation projects, iwi and hapū, schools, forestry companies, government agencies and organisations. It has the shared vision of restoring the health of our native forests, helping native wildlife thrive and increasing Northland kiwi numbers.

Kiwi Coast website

Contact: Ngaire Sullivan ngaire@kiwicoast.org.nz

Mahinepua Radar-Hill Landcare Group Inc.

Aim:Protecting kiwi, all endangered species and their habitat with managed predator control. The group educates others on how to help protect endangered species by controlling pests in the Tauranga Bay to Mahinepua Bay area. They also help set up traplines; identify species threats; monitor kiwi; hold Kiwi Avoidance Training School’s (KATS) for dogs; participate in DOC’s Kiwi listening data collection; carry out kiwi advocacy; and hold or attend predator control workshops. Volunteer members and a contract trapper work over all of our management area.

Mahinepua Radar Hill Landcare Group website

Contact: Vicky Faautauta (Secretary) vicky@radarhill.org.nz

New Zealand Fairy Tern Charitable Trust

Aim: To help the New Zealand fairy tern survive and prosper. Each summer volunteers are needed to help keep an eye on these tiny, plucky birds.It is very rewarding to observe courtship, sitting on eggs and the hatching of the bumble bee sized chicks and eventually watching them learning to fly. Introductory workshops are held where you get to meet other volunteers. 

New Zealand Fairy Tern Charitable Trust website

Pukenui Forest Charitable Trust Inc 

Aim: To care for and enhance the biodiversity values of Pukenui Forest and the Western Hills near Whangārei City, preserve archeological and historic sites within the sreserve and enhance the recreation and education potential of the reserve. 

Pukenui Forest Charitable Trust website

Puketi Forest Trust

Aim: To restore  Puketi Forest to a complete living forest and maintain it for future generations.The forest contains magnificent stands of kauri, podocarp and hardwood trees and a rich ecological diversity. Volunteers can get involved with bird counts, kiwi call listening, invertebrate monitoring and trap checking, or you can sponsor an area or make a donation.

Puketi Forest Trust website

Russell Landcare Trust (Russell Kiwi Protection)

Aim: Native biodiversity restoration and pest control on the Russell Peninsula in the Bay of Islands. Involved in the successful reintroduction of the endangered North Island weka to the peninsula. Russell Kiwi Protection, a Russell Landcare Trust initiative, is an ecological restoration project involving a large group of keen locals who work together on intensive predator control to protect and enhance the peninsula’s diverse and often rare native plants, birds and animals. Volunteers can get involved in planting and weeding days, dune restoration, and predator control in the field and at home.  

Taipa Coastcare Trust

Aim: Construct and maintain access ways to Taipa Beach, and planting spinifex and pingao. Vounteers release spinifex from weeds, maintain the walkways and fences, run planting days and work with the local school and residents to help change attitudes and behaviour.

Contact: Margaret Foster margaret.john@xtra.co.nz or +64 9 406 0747

Tangihua Lions Lodge

Aim: To bring the birdsong back to Tangihua Forest and prevent further decline of native species in the ngahere. The Tangihua Lions Lodge community group undertake pest control targeting mustelids, possums and rats within the forest and surrounding farmland. They also have a focus on conservation education. Volunteer to help this project while enjoying a lovely day out in the bush.

Tangihua Lions Lodge website

Tutukaka Landcare

Aim: Tutukaka Landcare are involved in pest animal and plant control as well as bird monitoring and habitat restoration. They have successfully reintroduced endangered brown teal ducks/pāteke to Northland's East Coast. They also monitor resident populations of North Island brown kiwi, grey faced petrels, little blue penguins and other key species.

Tutukaka Landcare website

Weed Action Piroa-Brynderwyns

Aim: To stop invasive weeds from taking over the incredible natural environment we all value. Weed action Piroa-Brynderwyns is a community group that are working to clear weeds from the Piroa-Brynderwyn ranges, raise public awareness about invasive weeds in the area and support those trying to clear weeds from their properties.

Contact: weedactionpb@gmail.com

Weed Action Whangarei Heads

Aim: To stop the spread of invasive weeds around Whangarei Heads. Weed Action groups have regular volunteer days where the focus is on tackling weeds in local reserves and forests. Check the link below to find how you can get involved.

Weed Action website

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