Volunteer crew at Tarawera Falls

Image: Dean Strachan | DOC

Introduction

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

When

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

Description

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

February

Ashpit Road and Brett Road campsite maintenance

Location: Ashpit Road and Brett Road Campsites, Lake Rerewhakaaitu
Dates: 19 and 20 February
Time: 9 am – 4 pm
Main tasks: Spraying weeds, mowing, trimming foliage, rubbish removal and general maintenance.

Te Tapahoro campsite maintenance

 

Postponed due to the extreme fire risk, Hancock Forest Management Ltd have closed all access into the Tarawera Forest.

Location: Te Tapahoro (Lake Tarawera Outlet) Campsite, Lake Tarawera
Dates: 27 and 28 February
Time:  9 am – 4 pm
Main tasks: Spraying weeds, mowing, trimming foliage, rubbish removal and general maintenance.

March

Track maintenance

Location: Short Walks, Lake Okataina Scenic Reserve
Dates: 5, 6 and 7 March
Time: 9 am – 4 pm
Main tasks: Improving track surface using spades and grubbers, trimming foliage with loppers.

April

Mangowera track maintenance

Location Mangorewa Track
Dates: 17 and 18 April
Time: 9 am – 4 pm
Main tasks: Improving track surface using spades and grubbers, trimming foliage with loppers and removing rubbish.

May

Te Kopia track maintenance

Location: Te Kopia Walk
Date: To be advised
Time: 9 am – 4 pm
Main tasks: Improving track surface using spades and grubbers, trimming foliage with loppers.

Okere falls track maintenance

Location: Okere Falls Track
Date: To be advised
Time: 9 am – 4 pm
Main tasks: Improving track surface using spades and grubbers, trimming foliage with loppers.

June

Mount Ngongotaha track maintenance

Location: Nature Loop and Jubilee Tracks, Mount Ngongotaha
Date: To be advised
Time: 9 am – 4 pm
Main tasks: Improving track surface using spades and grubbers, trimming foliage with loppers.

July

Rainbow Mountain track maintenance

Location: Summit Track, Maunga Kakaramea (Rainbow Mountain)
Date: To be advised
Time: 9 am – 4 pm
Main tasks: Improving track surface using spades and grubbers, trimming foliage with loppers.

Hinehopu track maintenance

Location: Hinehopu / Hongi’s Track
Date: To be advised
Time: 9 am – 4 pm
Main tasks: Improving track surface using spades and grubbers, trimming foliage with loppers.

August

Tarawera Falls track maintenance

Location: Tarawera Falls Track
Date: To be advised
Time: 9 am – 4 pm
Main tasks: Improving track surface using spades and grubbers, trimming foliage with loppers.

September

Mokaihaha track maintenance

Location: Mokaihaha Track
Date: To be advised
Time: 9 am – 4 pm
Main tasks: Improving track surface using spades and grubbers, trimming foliage with loppers, remove rubbish

Rotorua planting

Location: Various locations throughout the Rotorua area
Date: To be advised
Time: 9 am – 4 pm
Main tasks: Planting native trees and other plants

October

Tarawera Trail track maintenance

Location: Tarawera Trail
Date: To be advised
Time: 9 am – 4 pm
Main tasks: Improving track surface using spades and grubbers, trimming foliage with loppers.

Rotorua planting

Location: Various locations throughout the Rotorua area
Date: To be advised
Time: 9 am – 4 pm
Main tasks: Planting native trees and plants.

November

Te Kopia track maintenance

Location: Te Kopia Walk
Date: To be advised
Time: 9 am – 4 pm
Main tasks: Improving track surface using spades and grubbers, trimming foliage with loppers.

Okere Falls track maintenance

Location: Okere Falls Track
Date: To be advised
Time: 9 am – 4 pm
Main tasks: Improving track surface using spades and grubbers, trimming foliage with loppers.

Northern Tarawera track maintenance

Location: Northern Tarawera Trail
Date: To be advised
Time: 9 am – 4 pm
Main tasks: Improving track surface using spades and grubbers, trimming foliage with loppers.

December

Western Okataina track maintenance

Location: Western Okataina Walkway
Date: To be advised
Time: 9 am – 4 pm
Main tasks: Improving track surface using spades and grubbers, trimming foliage with loppers.

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

Contact

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

Catherine Noble, Ranger Community
Phone: +64 27 542 3683
Email: cnoble@doc.govt.nz

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