Fun tramping, biking and caving in the Central North Island conservation areas was a great way to start the New Year.
The Mahi Aroha: Doing it for Conservation summer programme has now come to a close, leaving great memories and inspiring people to get back out and continue to enjoy our local natural treasures.
The programme included some popular favourites such as Creatures of the Night and the Kaimanawa Wild Horses.
The 50th anniversary programme also introduced some new trips such as trying out the new Great Lake Trail and a sustainable future tour. “Mahi Aroha is not only about encouraging people to explore and learn about conservation, but to also get involved in conservation” explains DOC Outreach and Education Co-ordinator Kerryn Penny.
DOC partnered with Project Tongariro to develop and deliver the Mahi Aroha programme.
"It was a great opportunity to explore, learn and have fun with an enthusiastic public, helpers from DOC, community groups including Bike Taupō and the Pukawa Wildlife Trust, and local businesses like the Wairakei Golf + Sanctuary. It was a collaboration of people and organisations with like minded passion for and commitment to conservation in our community. We are looking forward to the next 50 years of Mahi Aroha”, says Paul Green, President of Project Tongariro.
Mahi Aroha will continue to host local conservation events throughout the year. You can follow us on www.facebook.com/mahiaroha
It was a perfect day for the Waipakihi heli-hike