Volunteer crew at Tarawera Falls
Image: Dean Strachan | DOC


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


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.


October 2022

Waikite Geothermal Wetland Planting Day

When: Monday 3 October, 8:00am – 4:30pm

What: Native Tree Planting  

Where: Waikite Geothermal Wetland

Task: Plant native trees


  • Medium fitness and able to dig and plant small trees
  • Gumboots

Track Resurfacing Wai-o-tapu Boardwalk

When: Wednesday 26 October. 8:30 am – 4:30pm

What : Track Resurfacing with Visitors and Heritage DOC rangers.

Where: Waiotapu boardwalk

Task: Resurfacing Track with Pumice


  • Low to Medium fitness.
  • Comfortable boots.

November 2022

Maintenance Rerewhakaaitu Ash Pit Road Campsite

When: Wednesday 16 November, 8:30am – 4:30pm

What: Maintenance with the Visitors and Heritage DOC rangers.

Where: Rerewhakaaitu, Ash Pit Road Campsite

Task: Mowing grass, trimming edges around structures, cleaning toilets, weed spraying, clearing branches.


  • Low to medium fitness
  • Comfortable boots (steel caps for Scrub barring – weed trimer)

Annual Orchid Survey

When: Friday 25 November, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

What: Annual survey of the Red Bearded Orchid (Calochilus robertsonii) with DOC biodiversity rangers.

Where: Rotorua district 

Task: The Red Bearded Orchid is tiny, it is at risk, we have them here in Rotorua and we need your help to count them.


  • Low to medium fitness
  • Comfortable close toed walking shoes /boots

April 2023

Track Maintenance Mangorewa

When: Wednesday 12 April, 8:30am – 4:30pm

What: Track Maintenance with Visitors and Heritage DOC rangers.

Where: Mangorewa Track

Task: Maintaining the Track and Foliage.


  • High fitness
  • 9km
  • Comfortable hiking boots and extra socks

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.

For track and maintenance days you can expect to do the following:

  • Use hand tools to trim any low hanging branches/vines or encroaching
  • Collect rubbish
  • Remove debris from tracks
  • Work on general track maintenance

What to bring

  • Food for lunch
  • Drinking water
  • Sun hat
  • Raincoat
  • Personal medication
  • Camera
  • Phone
  • Good footwear (boots preferred)
  • Back pack
  • Appropriate clothing

DOC will provide

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


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

Catherine Noble, Ranger
Phone: +64 275 423 683
Email: cnoble@doc.govt.nz

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