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

June

Mount Ngongotaha track maintenance

Location: Nature Loop and Jubilee Tracks, Mount Ngongotaha
Date: 5 June
Time: 9 am – 4 pm
Difficulty: Easy (suitable for most ages and fitness levels)
Main tasks: Track maintenance using spades and grubbers, trimming foliage with loppers and removing rubbish. Sign cleaning, rubbish pick up and clear vegetation on stairwells.

July

Maunga Kakaramea (Rainbow Mountain) track maintenance

Location: Summit Track, Maunga Kakaramea (Rainbow Mountain)
Date: 17 and 18 July
Time: 9 am – 4 pm both days
Difficulty: Challenging (suitable for fit and experienced people)
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. Herbicide spraying.

Hinehopu track maintenance

Location: Hinehopu / Hongi’s Track
Date: 3 July
Time: 9 am – 4 pm
Difficulty: Easy (suitable for most ages and fitness levels)
Main tasks: Track maintenance using spades and grubbers, trimming foliage with loppers and removing rubbish. Sign cleaning, rubbish pick up and clear vegetation on stairwells.

August

Tarawera Falls track maintenance

Location: Tarawera Falls Track
Date: 7 and 8 August – one night tent camping at Te Tapahoro (The Outlet Campground)
Time: 9 am – 4 pm overnight
Difficulty: Challenging (suitable for fit and experienced back country hikers. Walking a distance of 9 km carrying equipment).
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. Herbicide spraying.

Eastern Okataina Walkway

Location: Eastern Okataina Walkway
Date: To be advised
Time: 8:30 am – 5 pm
Difficulty: Challenging (Suitable for fit and experienced back country hikers. Walking a distance of 10.5 km carrying equipment).
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. Herbicide spraying.

September

Mokaihaha track maintenance

Location: Mokaihaha Track
Date: 3, 4 and 5 September
Time: 9 am – 4 pm each day
Difficulty: Challenging (Suitable for fit and experienced back country hikers. Walking a distance of 10.5 km carrying equipment).
Main tasks: Track maintenance using spades and grubbers, trimming foliage with loppers and removing rubbish. Sign cleaning, rubbish pick up. Herbicide spraying.

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: 16, 17 and 18 October – two nights camping at Hot Water Beach campsite
Time: 9 am – 4 pm
Difficulty: Challenging (Suitable for fit and experienced back country hikers. Walking a distance of 10 km carrying equipment. Stay overnight in a tent).
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. Herbicide spraying.

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

Northern Tarawera track maintenance

Location: Northern Tarawera Trail
Date: 14 and 15 November – one night camping at Te Tapahoro campsite
Time: 8 am – 4 pm
Difficulty: Challenging (suitable for fit and experienced back country hikers. Walking a distance of 9km carrying equipment. Stay overnight in a tent).
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. Herbicide spraying.

Okere Falls track maintenance

Location: Okere Falls Track
Date: 20 November
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.

Te Kopia track maintenance

Location: Te Kopia Walk
Date: 21 November
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. Sign cleaning, rubbish pick up and clear vegetation on stairwells.

December

Western Okataina track maintenance

Location: Western Okataina Walkway
Date: To be advised
Time: 9 am – 4 pm
Difficulty: Challenging (suitable for fit and experienced back country hikers. Walking a distance of 9 km carrying equipment).
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. Herbicide spraying.

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

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:

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

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