26 February - 2 March 2018: Volunteers will help carry out track maintenance on part of the popular Te Araroa Trail.


Four volunteers required for five days.

Location: Longwoods, Southland.

Activity number 22: Quote this activity number in your volunteer application or enquiry.


Monday 26 February - Friday 2 March 2018


Historic machinery used on the Port's Water Race.
Historic machinery used on the Port's Water Race.
Image: DOC

The Port’s Race provided water for alluvial mining at Round Hill for over 60 years. Even though the race was abandoned in the 1950s, remnants are still intact today. The landscape consists of rolling terrain with a mix of beech and regenerating podocarp forest. The water race margins were exempt from milling and retain a number of mature rimu, kāmahi, and tōtara trees. You may catch a glimpse of threatened species including mistletoe, kākāriki/yellowcrowned parakeet and kererū/wood pigeon.

Volunteers will help carry out track maintenance on part of the popular Te Araroa Trail. Tasks will involve clearing weeds, cutting back vegetation, earthworks, windfall clearance and historic plant maintenance.

What to expect

Fitness/skills: High.

Accommodation: Will be confirmed with the successful applicants.

Pickup/drop off location: Meet at the DOC workshop (at the rear of Marshall Industries), 193 Bond Street Invercargill, on Monday 26 February at 8.00 am, returning to the same location around 4.00 pm on Friday 2 March.  

Cost: $150 per person - contribution towards food and transport.

What to bring

A full equipment list and information pack will be issued prior to the commencement of the activity.

How to apply

To find out more about what to expect, how to apply for activities, acceptance and cancellation details view the Southland volunteer information and online application form.


If you have specific questions or would like to know about other conservation volunteer opportunities in the area, contact:

Southland and Otago Volunteer Coordinator

Murihiku / Invercargill Office
Phone:   +64 3 211 2400
Address:   7th Floor
CUE on Don
33 Don Street
Invercargill 9810
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