Environmental Conservation in New Zealand

This project focuses on preserving and restoring New Zealand’s unique, natural beauty. Volunteers will take part in varied activities which may include environmental monitoring; Heritage Restoration; tree planting; endangered species protection and disaster relief to name some. This project will be enjoyed by all who have a love for the outdoors, who are environmentally concerned and up for a challenge.

The North Island is one of 2 locations in New Zealand that volunteers can choose to work at, the second location being the South Island. Although the start location is Auckland, volunteers can choose to transfer direct to more rural locations around Hamilton, where the natural environment can be truly appreciated. The need for us to become responsible global citizens is getting bigger and bigger.

All over the world the impact of environmental issues such as climate change and pollution are being felt. Although New Zealand is a developed country, its varied landscapes, from subtropical forest to volcanic plateaus; vast plains to glaciers and sandy beaches to rugged mountains, can prove difficult to manage with climatic instability and human impacts. The country’s fragile environment is unfortunately suffering from species and habitat loss and environmental degradation. One factor affecting this is the amount of deforestation which has taken place and the effect this is having on climate change.

Being located on top of the ring of fire of the Pacific, New Zealand is also prone to experience natural disasters. From earthquakes, such as the one in Christchurch in June 2011, to volcanic eruptions, tsunamis and cyclones, the aftermath of such events can be devastating for people and the environment. People in New Zealand highly value their natural environment and although there are professionals in the field, volunteers play a huge role in responding to environmental challenges by bringing enthusiasm and energy to the toughest of projects and disaster relief efforts.

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What to Expect?

On this project, you will rotate every one to two weeks around different areas around the North Island. This results in you gaining a well-rounded experience, giving you the opportunity to work on a variety of conservation activities and projects. Volunteers work in groups of 6-10 and are assigned which projects they will be doing upon arrival. The reason for this being that the conservation work depends on seasonal conditions and conservation priorities at the time of the volunteer’s arrival.

Examples of projects on the North Island include:

• Planting trees in locations like Tawharanui Regional Park as part of the ongoing Restoration of this incredible landscape which has resulted in many endangered birds being able to be reintroduced including the rare bird and New Zealand icon, the flightless Kiwi.

• Improving habitat for rare birds and fish such as bittern, pateke and mudfish by planting and weeding at Lake Serpentine. This project focuses on restoring globally rare peat lakes in the Waikato area. • Help boost native biodiversity and provide additional habitat for native birds by removing exotic weeds which threaten to swamp native plantings on the North Shore of Lucas Creek, Auckland

• Take part in track work to keep access to the interior open, exotic plant control, and, depending on the season, planting at the Hunua Ranges Regional Park. This project also involves habitat restoration for Dotterels, an endangered bird species, on shell banks at Duder Regional Park. After volunteering on the North island volunteers can choose to extend their time and go to a different starting point on the South Island, where projects are located in Christchurch and Punakaiki.

  • Program ID: # 1958
  • duration:
    2 Weeks to 1 Month
    1 to 3 Months
  • location:
    North Island
    New Zealand
    38° 40' 6.0816" S, 177° 59' 22.2072" E
  • Fitness level:
    Light Impact
    Moderately Fit
  • Closest Airport:
    Various locations available
  • Costs From:
    $1000 to $1500
    $1500 to $3000
    Over $3000
  • Program Type:
    Environmental & Wildlife Programs
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