Volunteer crew at Tarawera Falls

Image: Dean Strachan | DOC


Come along to help DOC rangers and community groups enhance local gems in Rotorua.


Monthly. Check specific dates and contact the DOC office for more details.


Rangers from Rotorua invite you to join our monthly volunteer days. The activities and the location will vary from month to month.

As well as helping out DOC rangers and community groups, you'll also get to learn about the history of the project area, go on a walk, or even catch a glimpse of some of the amazing wildlife.

What to expect

Volunteers may find themselves tackling invasive weeds, helping with pest control, planting trees, or listening to recordings to try and pick out kiwi calls. Some tasks may be physically demanding.

You should wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the task.

Transport may be provided – check with the office.

Rotorua dates 2019

Rotorua Racecourse – red beard orchid survey

Location: Rotorua Racecource
Date: 27 November
Time: 9 am – 1 pm
Difficulty: Easy (suitable for most ages and fitness level)
Main tasks: Grid search and count red bearded orchids.

Tikitapu and Lake Okareka – remove tracks and structures

Location: Tikitapu Scenic Reserve
Date: 30 November
Time: 9 am – 4 pm
Difficulty: Easy (suitable for most ages and fitness level)
Main tasks: Removal of illegal mountain bike track and structures.

Okere Falls track maintenance

Location: Okere Falls Track
Date: 4 December
Time: 9 am – 4 pm
Difficulty: Easy (suitable for most ages and fitness level)
Main tasks: Track maintenance using spades and grubbers, trimming foliage with loppers and removing rubbish. Carpark maintenance, sign cleaning, rubbish pick up and clear vegetation on stairwells.

What to bring

  • Food for lunch
  • Water bottle or camel pack
  • Sun hat, raincoat
  • Personal medication
  • Camera
  • Phone
  • Good footwear (boots preferred)
  • Back pack

DOC will provide

  • Safety Hi-vis vest
  • Gloves and eye-wear if required
  • Hand-tools
  • Drinking water and a snack
  • First-aid kit


Register at least 2 weeks prior to activity date as spaces are limited.

For more information and to register for any of the above, contact:

Dean Strachan, Ranger
Phone: +64 27 205 1596
Email: dstrachan@doc.govt.nz

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