Mahi Aroha 2024 – explore, enjoy, and protect nature
IntroductionCentral Plateau visitors and communities are invited to explore, protect, and enjoy their local natural environments this summer.
Date: 13 November 2023
Mahi Aroha, presented by Project Tongariro and Department of Conservation, offers a range of nature-based experiences for the whole family - with bookings open now for January's programme of events.
Project Tongariro Chief Executive Officer Kiri Te Wano says Mahi Aroha is all about loving our backyard.
“We live in an incredible space in the Central Plateau; these trips and events are encouraging us all to get out and appreciate it.”
Community groups across the region have joined DOC and Project Tongariro to provide a calendar of nearly 30 events from Taupō to Ohakune, and everywhere in between.
Around the Taupō area, the always popular Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary tours are joined by other exciting activities including family-friendly nature tours at Waipāhīhī Botanical Gardens and Opepe Historic Reserve.
Further south, fit walkers can climb Mount Tihia for stunning views across Lake Taupō and Tongariro National Park; or for those who prefer to enjoy nature in a more sedentary manner, join artist Sue Graham for guided nature-themed watercolour classes at Tūrangi Artworks.
Tongariro National Park and surrounds offer opportunities for those interested in history, culture, and nature. Visit heritage listed Kaikawaka Villa in Tongariro Forest, meet mana whenua to explore Te Pōrere and its 1869 battle, or enjoy a picnic at Paengaroa Scenic Reserve while learning about the array of fascinating plants in the park.
DOC Community Ranger Candace Graham says research confirms that contact with nature helps our wellbeing.
“Mahi Aroha makes it easy for all of us to get a little more nature in our summer.
We have so many beautiful natural spaces across the Central North Island, this is a great way to experience them with friends and whānau.”
Kiri Te Wano encourages people to visit the website to see the full programme of events.
“We can’t list them all here – there are big tramps and little walks, avoidance training for dogs, and so much more – we can’t wait to see you all out there this January.”
Popular events book out quickly – book your summer experience early at Mahi Aroha – Project Tongariro.
Project Tongariro is a community group with a vision to enjoy, discover, know, and care for Tongariro, Taupō, and the Central Plateau. The group was initially formed as a living tribute to five people, mostly rangers, who died in a helicopter accident on Mt Ruapehu in 1982. Project Tongariro has maintained a close and collaborative relationship with the Department of Conservation since its inception.
The Central North Island area has boasted a summer programme of nature-related trips and events since 1964; it is the longest running programme of its kind in New Zealand.
Bookings for 2024 can be made at Mahi Aroha – Project Tongariro.
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