Get involved with conservation groups working with DOC in Waikato.

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 Waikato volunteer for a DOC project.

Ecosourced Waikato

Aim: To encourage the growing of ecosourced native plants for the restoration of gullies in and around Hamilton and the Waikato ecological region. Runs workshops on seed collection and propagation, produces a newsletter alerting plant growers to seed availability and works with schools and community groups involved in restoration projects.

Contact: Wayned Bennett, or + 64 7 824 7167

Friends of Barret Bush

Aim: To restore a remnant stand of kahikatea at Barret Bush, west of Hamilton. The Friends have been instrumental in acquiring land to add to this scenic reserve and hold regular working bees each month to undertake weeding, planting and animal pest control.

Contact: Warren Stace, or +64 7 856 4486

Friends of Pukemokemoke Bush Reserve

Aim: To protect and enhance this 40 ha reserve 20 minutes north of Hamilton. Volunteer working bees involve track maintenance, bird monitoring, removal of invasive weeds especially privet, and the planting of native trees.

Kakepuku Mountain Project

Aim: To reduce pest animal populations on Kakepuku Maunga and minimise their impact on forest and native birds, and reintroduce New Zealand falcon and North Island robin. 

Karioi Maunga Restoration Project

Aim: To eradicate introduced pests and restore native flora and fauna on Karioi Maunga. Volunteers get involved in pest trapping, educational activities and monitoring

Contact: Kristel van Houte-Howe

Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust

Aim: To restore the ecology of Maungatautari, a forested volcanic cone near Cambridge. A 47 km predator proof fence was erected in order to establish a pest-free mainland island. 

Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust website

National Wetland Trust

Aim: To restore and enhance an ancient peat lake and mature kahikatea forest inside a pest fence near Ohaupo, including reconstructing rare peat bogs and developing facilities for the National Wetland Centre.

Contact: Karen Denyer

Wetland Trust website

Pirongia Te Aroara o Kahu Restoration Society

Aim: To restore the native ecosystems of Mt Pirongia. The society successfully reintroduced North Island robin, and is now aiming to reintroduce kokako.

Port Waikato Beachcare

Aim: To enhance the local environment through dune restoration planting and native shorebird protection - New Zealand dotterel, banded dotterel and variable oystercatcher. The group is attempting to attract Caspian terns back to the Port Waikato sand spit using decoys and sound anchors. Over the winter months the dune restoration project involves the planting of native sand-binders and coastal forest species.

Contact: Karen Opie

Port Waikato Beachcare Facebook page

Project Manu

Aim: To protect the forest of the Mangaokewa Reserve near Te Kuiti. Volunteers are welcome to help with baiting/track maintenance days and weed control. 

Te Pahu LandCare Group

Aim: To protect and enhance Te Pahu's natural indigenous environment and recreational opportunities through community awareness and involvement.

Rotopiko Community Pest Control Project

Aim: To reduce pest animal populations and provide a safe haven for native wetland wildlife, including matuku (Australasian bittern), matata (fernbird) and puweto (spotless crake) around North and South Lakes, Rotopiko, Ohaupo.

Contact: Nardene Berry

Rotopiko Community Pest Control Project website

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