Between October and April each year you can become a camp host at Rarangi. Situated in Cloudy Bay, this area is a popular walking and picnicking area. 2 weeks minimum time commitment.


Positions are available between October and April each year. Some opportunities are still available during January - March 2020 – if you are interested phone +64 3 572 9100 to discuss .


Camp host positions are for a minimum of 2 weeks and a maximum of 4 weeks. Each fortnight runs from Monday to Monday to allow for a handover between incoming and outgoing hosts on Monday mornings, with a DOC staff member on hand (first and last rosters may vary).

We can't guarantee your requested period, so we recommend you list a few preferences on the application form.


Rarangi campground is on the Marlborough coast, 25 minutes north east of Blenheim. Driving north from Blenheim to Picton, turn right at Tuamarina. Rarangi is 10 minutes from here. The campground is located at the northern end of Rarangi Beach Road, nestled at the base of bush-clad hills. It's a 200 m stroll to an expansive pebbly beach (not suitable for swimming).

Rarangi is a dog-friendly recreation area.


Your duties and responsibilities will include:

  • helping visitors enjoy their stay
  • encouraging people to pay their camp fees
  • providing general information to campers
  • passing on maintenance requirements to DOC staff
  • radio communication with the DOC office
  • cleaning toilet blocks
  • keeping the camp free of rubbish

What to expect

The position is suitable for single people, couples or families.

Training: Full training and induction will be provided, however applicants need to have the following attributes:

  • able to relate to a range of people in a friendly manner.
  • mature, sensible and have a good attitude.
  • fluent in English and have a practical outlook.

Facilities: Camp hosts will need to be self sufficient, ideally with their own motorhome or caravan. The only infrastructure at Rarangi is two ablution blocks. There is no electricity.

Induction: At the induction, a DOC ranger will ensure you know your role, issue you with the necessary equipment and make sure you have read, understood and signed any health and safety information.

Insurance: DOC cannot pay for any medical costs or loss of personal equipment incurred during your stay. If you're an international volunteer we strongly recommend travel insurance.

What to bring

If you are selected you will be given more information about what to bring closer to the time.

What will be provided for you:

  • full training and support
  • DOC camp host identification
  • a VHF radio, for contact with the duty ranger.

How to apply

To apply: 

Safety checks

Everyone who applies for this position is subject to a DOC safety check and Ministry of Justice criminal record check. Information about these checks will be provided after you apply.

What happens after you apply

  1. All applications will be shortlisted by matching to role availability.
  2. We’ll send the shortlisted applicants the safety check form for you to complete.
  3. We’ll contact you about an interview time – the interview will be with a DOC staff member and it’s also an opportunity for you to ask questions about the role.
  4. We’ll talk to your referees.
  5. We’ll request a Ministry of Justice criminal record check – this takes around three days.
  6. DOC staff will assess all the material provided and decide on suitability.
  7. Once approved we will work with you to find dates that suit you and complete your induction.
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