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An increase in the number of tourism providers participating in Conservation Week activities will provide exciting opportunities for Rotorua residents.

Three tourism providers are running public Conservation Week events while a number of other businesses are participating in events by either sponsoring prizes or facilitating their staff to be involved.

"River Rats and Canopy Tours are repeating their involvement with the national celebration while the Blue Lake Top 10, Rotorua Lakes Council and Kaitiaki Adventures have joined in the make 2015 a year to remember," explains DOC Ranger Caraline Abbott.

"This year's Conservation Week has really taken a step up as new businesses have come on board and I'm confident that there's something for everyone to enjoy. Families have the opportunity to get up close to glow worms around the Blue Lake with guided tours put on by the managers of the Blue Lake Top 10."

River Rats are repeating a litter clean up event that has been run in previous Conservation Weeks. People are encouraged to join in the event which restores parts of the Ohau Channel, some kayaks are available for people that do not have their own.

Local residents are able to visit the summit of Mount Tarawera thanks to an open day being organised by Kaitiaki Adventures and Ruawahia 2B Trust.

"A key area of work for DOC is creating opportunities for local business to become involved in the restoration and protection of Rotorua's natural heritage. It's great to see these local businesses taking the initiative to step up and use Conservation Week as an opportunity to celebrate their contribution," Caraline Abbott says.

Rotorua residents have the opportunity to win $1500 of flights with Air New Zealand as part of a National Geocaching Challenge.

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