Volunteer crew at Tarawera Falls
Image: Dean Strachan | DOC

Introduction

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

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.

Dates

April 2022

Track maintenance of Okere Falls Track

When: Wednesday 27 April, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
What: Track maintenance with the recreation and historic DOC rangers.
Where: Okere Falls
Task: Maintaining the track, foliage and carpark. Around 2 km.
Requirements:

  • Medium fitness and able to carry tools and equipment.
  • Comfortable hiking boots.

May 2022

Track maintenance of Tarawera Trail

When: Wednesday 18 May, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
What: Track maintenance with the recreation and historic DOC rangers.
Where: Tarawera Trail
Task: Track and foliage maintenance.
Requirements:

  • Medium–high fitness and able to carry tools and equipment.
  • Comfortable hiking boots.

June 2022

Timber retrieval Mokaihaha Rotohokahoka Track

When: Wednesday 15 June, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
What: Retrieve a stack of unused timber from track.
Where: Mokaihaha Rotohokahoka Track
Task: Move timber from track to trailer.
Requirements:

  • High fitness and able to carry heavy timber lengths.
  • Comfortable hiking boots.

July 2022

Track maintenance of Hinehopu/Hongis Track

When: Wednesday 13 July, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
What: Track maintenance with the recreation and historic DOC rangers.
Where: Hinehopu/Hongis Track
Task: Maintaining the track and foliage.
Requirements:

  • Medium fitness and able to carry tools and equipment.
  • Comfortable hiking boots.

Purpose: Keeping tracks accessible and attractive to ensure public stay on the tracks.

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

Contact

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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