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Kiwi Encounter & Conservation in New Zealand

  • 6 Day(s)
  • Trip Code : TAUKIW

A meaningful voluntouring project bringing you up close to the critically endangered Kiwi - New Zealand's most famous native animal, and national icon! Be involved in a wide variety of conservation actions to restore the habitat for Kiwis and other NZ species. Within the project you will get the whole picture of successful conservation and you are part of it all - hands on!! You can also stay longer (12 days / 11 nights)!

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This product gives a hands-on, very informative conservation experience. The project does build their conservation story around the iconic Kiwi bird; visiting a Kiwi recovery centre and looking at the preservation and breeding efforts. This is followed by practical steps; working closely with native flora, creating future habitat for the Kiwi and monitoring the presence/absence of its predators. STA's partner organisation is, at its heart, an environmental education company. This package takes people to sites where they are currently restoring back into rainforest, teaches them all about what is happening and lets them be involved in this work in a truly meaningful way. An experienced guide will lead each group, at all times, so activities are always supervised, safe and backed up with a thorough explanation of why they are important. The types of activities and monitoring included in the package vary throughout the year, with each season having a different priority. But all volunteers will leave with a traditional Maori craft souvenir, a deeper understanding of New Zealand culture & environment, the knowledge that their work has made a big difference and that their work is carried on and protected once they leave.

Day 1 - Arrival Auckland or Rotorua

Transfers from Auckland International Airport or Rotorua to Tauranga are included. But you can also make your own way to YHA Tauranga on the North Island. Check in is from 1.00pm at YHA Tauranga and spend the day at your leisure. The accommodation is in the heart of the Bay of Plenty. Guests can explore the delightful gardens and admire the quirky hidden garden art, tucked away around every corner. We have hammocks, sun loungers and picnic tables where you can chill out in the sun or the shade and appreciate a sense of calm and relaxation right in the heart of Tauranga.

Day 2 - On the project

You'll be picked up at 9.00am from YHA Tauranga and transferred to the project. Today, you'll receive an introduction to "What is a Rainforest" and learn about native plant species propagation whilst volunteering in a community conservation project. Included is a special theme of traditional uses of native plants - Maori used the rainforest as a resource of food and as a pharmacy. Learn of the uses of a host of plants for foods and health and appreciate the value of biodiversity to provide for human well being. The volunteer project hours are from 9am - 4pm. A transfer is included after the end of each volunteer day with a transfer back to your accommodation.

Day 3 - On the project

Today you'll learn more about our famous New Zealand Kiwi Bird and take a tour of Kiwi Project Nest Egg following the Kiwi from egg to juvenile released into the forest. Get a fantastic introduction to Maori Culture and share stories about their life. Volunteering will take place in Lake side wetland. You visit Agroventures for an optional adventure experience (at your own cost) - Bungy, Jet boat, Swoop, Free Fall Extreme, Schweeb - You are in New Zealand , You must scare yourself silly at least once before returning to your accommodation!

Day 4 - On the project

You'll spend today in conservation action - planting trees, maintaining native plantings, propagating native plants, constructing walking tracks and / or fauna surveying. All our programmes include surveying and monitoring to see what effects our actions are having in improving the natural environment.

Day 5 - On the project

Before you head to the project site this morning, make sure you pack all your belongings and take this with you. For your last night on this tour, you'll finish the volunteer activities at Tauranga and be transferred to your accommodation in Rotorua. Arriving at the project, you'll spend your morning completing estuary surveys to check effectiveness of native plantings upstream. Visit a local cultural site, learn of early Maori settlement and how they protected the coastal marine environment, maintaining forested areas along streams and rivers. We're excited to show you how to create your own woven Maori craft souvenir to take home. This weaving activity will sum up your inside view of the Maori world and how it weaves its influence on New Zealand and our environment. You'll also be able to check the animal monitoring that you've set up the day before to see what was found and record this in the animal log. Following this there will be a summary session on what else you can see and do in other parts of New Zealand. For your final night, you'll be staying in Rotorua YHA accommodation (50 mins. away from Tauranga). Optional activity for this last night that sums up the exposure to Maori culture throughout the voluntour would be to go to the amazing Tamaki Maori Village for a great night of culture, entertainment and a dinner feast, cooked the traditional way.

Day 6 - Departure

Check out of your accommodation at 10.00am and your tour ends.

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What's included?

- 5 nights hostel accommodation
- Transfer from Auckland International Airport or Rotorua to Tauranga accommodation
- Personalised video souvenir of the volunteering experience
- Meaningful volunteering work
- Visit local sights
- Mount Maunganui ocean beach and coastal icon.
- McLarens Falls waterfall, lake and glowworm forest.
- An ancient rainforest where Kiwi are being released.
- Agroventures to have option of adventur ...

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