Volunteers will carry out maintenance on the historic water race in the Piano Flat area, the only known operational water race in Southland.

Project number: 5
Location: Piano Flat, Waikaia Forest, Northern Southland


4 volunteers for 5 days

TRIP A: Monday 16 October to Friday 20 October 2023

TRIP B: Monday 4 March to Friday 8 March 2024


The work will involve clearing weeds, cutting back vegetation, earthworks and fluming maintenance. This beautiful location has great opportunities for trout fishing, bush walks and photography.

What to expect

Fitness/skill level

Medium to high fitness level. There is some steep terrain in the area and this trip may involve carrying some heavy equipment and working in the rain. Basic carpentry skills would be useful but are not essential. 


Local accommodation will be arranged in Waikaia and the successful applicants will be notified. 

Pickup/drop-off location and times

Meet at the DOC workshop (at the rear of Marshall Industries), 193 Bond Street, Invercargill at 8.30 am on the day the trip starts. Alternatively, volunteers can meet at Piano Flat – please advise the trip leader if you wish to do this. Volunteers will be returned to the DOC workshop at around 4.00 pm on the last day.

Contribution towards food and transport

$160 per person.

How to apply

Full details on our volunteer programme and how to apply.


For questions or other volunteer opportunities in the area, contact:

Southland and Otago Volunteer Coordinator

Murihiku / Invercargill Office
Phone:   +64 3 211 2400
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   7th Floor
CUE on Don
33 Don Street
Invercargill 9810
Postal Address:   PO Box 743
Invercargill 9840
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