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Kiwi Conservation Volunteer Project, New Zealand

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ORGANIZATION: WorkingAbroad Projects

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Volunteer to work to preserve the native forest and kiwi birds on the Kauri Coast, New Zealand and get to explore an undiscovered forest while learning about conservation and wilderness skills.

Join this project and help preserve the native forest and birds in a Nature Sanctuary located in an unexplored forest on the beautiful Kauri Coast, New Zealand.

This Nature Sanctuary is a privately owned native forest that is managed in cooperation with the New Zealand's Department of Conservation (DOC) and the local regional council. The sanctuary consists of protected podocarpus forest that lies in a greater kiwi zone. The kiwi is an endangered native bird and protecting its habitat is quite important for its survival. The nature sanctuary is located away from the beaten path and it is suited for those interested to work in a remote, wilderness setting.

You will be working in teams of up to six volunteers with qualified and experienced leaders carrying out a variety of conservation related tasks.

Work will focus on the completion of a grid network of forest trails that will be used for the control and the monitoring of the pests that harm the kiwis and the other native birds. The trails will be built according to the best practices published by the Department of Conservation and DOC advisers will work alongside the volunteers.

Work tasks will include:

* establishing the grid pattern
* marking the trails
* clearing and widening of the trails
* bait station installation and monitoring
* GPS trail mapping

The Nature Sanctuary is an unexplored forest and the volunteers will have the opportunity to be the first people in more than a generation to discover the plants and trees that have been growing in the last hundred of years.

This volunteer programme includes wilderness training and the possibility to spend a few nights in the middle of the forest. Participants will also have the opportunity to go on night safaris looking for kiwis and glow worms.

No previous experience of this work is necessary, as training will be provided by experienced leaders. The working day normally runs from 10am to 4pm with breaks for lunch and listening to the nature around. However, please be prepared for some flexibility due to the changeable weather. Most of the workday will be spent outside walking in the forest, so a reasonable fitness level is required. Please note that the facilities at the Sanctuary are basic. They do, however, include dry cabin accommodation and comfortable hot showers.

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About WorkingAbroad Projects


The Coombe, Spring Barn Farm, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 3ND, GB

Mission Statement

Offering the ability to take action for nature and society


WorkingAbroad Projects is a not-for-profit company, established in March 2002, in order to provide small scale organisations with need-based support from volunteers. The main areas of focus are wildlife and habitat conservation, environmental education and management, permaculture and organic agriculture and cultural development. We run projects in various countries around the world.


Animals, Environment


We'll work with your schedule.


Kauri CoastDargaville, New Zealand



  • Habitat Restoration
  • Environmental Policy
  • Botany
  • Environmental Education
  • Gardening


  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • a Minimum stay for 2 weeks is required

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