Pair of whio on the Whirinaki River
Image: DOC


This volunteer activity is now full for the upcoming season.



September - April each year; 3 weeks minimum, individuals and couples who wish to commit to a longer term position are encouraged to apply. Locals can volunteer on a casual basis.


  • Threatened plant monitoring
  • Weta monitoring
  • Bat surveys using automatic bat recorders
  • Bat colonial roost research
  • Pest control auditing and line maintenance
  • Whio monitoring
  • Recorder analysis and data entry


The Whirinaki Te Pua a Tane Conservation Area covers 60,000 ha, it contains one of the most spectacular podocarp forests left in New Zealand as well as extensive beautiful beech forest in the higher altitudes.  There are areas of lovely rolling lowland hills however most of this forest is relatively steep and rugged.

What to expect

Experience required: Bush navigation experience and some field work experience is preferable. Training will be provided for each project. 

Transport: Volunteers will need to arrange their own transport to and from the office, however transport to the forest will be provided.

Accommodation: Basic accommodation is provided, you will need to bring your own sleeping bag/sheets and duvet and your own food. On extended field trips you will need a self-inflating mattress and a tent - on these trips food is provided.

The accommodation is an hour’s drive from the nearest city, although there is a small town nearby. There aren’t a lot of activities to do in the local area on weekends so a vehicle is a must if staying for more than a few weeks.

Fitness level required: High level of fitness, capable of walking four to six hours per day with a heavy pack.

How to apply

For more information or to register your interest, contact Sarah Wills:

Murupara Office
Phone:   +64 7 366 1080
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   Main Road, RD1
Murupara 3079
Postal Address:   PO Box 457
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