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.


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.

Police vetting: All camp hosts are required to provide a police check. For New Zealand residents this will be done for you. For international visitors, you need to provide your own, and this is more easily obtained before you leave home. If you have had a police check done within three years of your host period, and can provide evidence, no further checks need to be obtained.

How to get a police vetting before coming to New Zealand.

Note: Once you're confirmed into a position, we'll be relying on you to proceed with the volunteer position. Volunteers cancelling at the last minute or not turning up makes it difficult to replace you.


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: 

We reserve the right to conduct a police check as part of this process. 

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