AGM Weekend
Oct
18
to Oct 20

AGM Weekend

Accommodation at Forest & Bird Lodge Whakapapa Village

Saturday 19th October

  • Wai-o-taka River Planting morning, hosted by Ngati Rongomai meet 9am at Rongomai Marae

  • Saturday 19th October 2019 AGM meeting 4pm, Forest & Bird Lodge, Whakapapa Village, Mt Ruapehu

  • Happy Hour 5-6pm BYO drinks

  • 6pm - Catered dinner by our favourite - the talented Michelle and team from 'Food with Altitude'

  • 7.30pm - Guest speakers Jane Williams, Senior Ranger Biodiversity, Turangi - speaking on her job, favourite trips and conservation volunteer opportunities coming up for the year.

Sunday 18th October

  • Organised field trip/ walk yet to be confirmed, finishing around lunch time

Click here to book in and pay for accommodation and dinner

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Date TBC – Field Trip to Rotorua
Aug
10
to Aug 11

Date TBC – Field Trip to Rotorua

Accommodation:  imagine that most people will be starting from Taupo/Turangi so may only require accommodation Saturday night.

https://www.bluelaketop10.co.nz/ - has a range of different types of accommodation.

Saturday

  • Meet at Ohaaki Power station for tour of Geo40 plant by Mike O’Sullivan

https://geo40.com/

Sunday

  • Walking options:

  • Blue Lake circuit – 5.5km loop trail.

  • Tarawera Hot Water beach – 17km one way with water taxi return.

https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/bay-of-plenty/places/lake-tarawera-scenic-reserve/things-to-do/tarawera-trail/

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Tauranga Field Trip
May
10
9:00 AM09:00

Tauranga Field Trip

Accommodation:  McLaren falls lodge located in McLaren Falls park  10-15 mins from Tauranga Sleeps 16 $150 per night.  Camping is also available

http://www.tauranga.govt.nz/exploring/parks-and-reserves/parks/mclaren-falls

Suggested schedule:

Friday

  • Arrive at accommodation and settle in.  Plenty of lovely walks in the Park for those who arrive early.  Own dinner.

  • Waterfall night walk to see gloworms

Saturday

  • Otanewainuki Kiwi Trust, Otanewainuki Forest, Mountain Road, Tauranga.  Hopefully I can arrange with some of the members to meet and greet our group.  Guided Forest walk

http://www.kiwitrust.org/

  • Trevelyans Packhouse – No 1 Rd, Te Puke.  Leaders in zero waste management in the Kiwifruit industry.  Guided tour (if packhouse working – should be at this time of year)

https://trevelyan.co.nz/2018/08/07/green-award-fortrevelyans/

  • Beach or Mount walk

  • Dinner in Mount Maunganui

  • Mauao Area Wildlife Trust – evening visit to Mauao – night tour to see penguins and grey faced petrels  http://www.westernbaywildlife.nz/


Sunday

  • Sanctuary Mountain, Maungataurari, Waikato – Ancient Forest Guided Tour (NZ longest predator proof fence)  entrance fee $37 – may be able to get a discount for the group

https://www.sanctuarymountain.co.nz/visit-us

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Ring of Fire - Mt Ruapehu (marshalling help required)
Mar
23
9:00 AM09:00

Ring of Fire - Mt Ruapehu (marshalling help required)

The Ruapehu Ring of Fire is a challenging and exhilarating alpine adventure running event (ULTRA, 50KM, 24KM AND RELAY) with a unique combination of terrain, distance, altitude and views around the majestic Mount Ruapehu. Project Tongariro provides marshalls for this event and in return for marshall services you get a wonderful weekend away including accommodation for Friday and Saturday nights, a lunch and a dinner and good company!  First Aid and Tramping experience is a must.  Email kiri@tongariro.org.nz if you are interested

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Whio Family Day
Mar
9
10:00 AM10:00

Whio Family Day

Tongariro National Trout Centre

257 State Highway 1, Rangipo 3382, New Zealand

Fun for the kids - Whio Creche. Meet conservation dog. Whio Ranger obstacle course. Nature scavenger hunt. stories and competitions. Some BBQ Kai for purchase or bring picnic. Find out more on our Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/ProjectTongariro/ Project Tongariro BBQ chefs needed for this Saturday at Whio Family Day

We are after a couple of people to help us with the sausage sizzle at this awesome family event 10.30am - 1.30pm - or if you can only do a couple of hours - that'll be welcome too! Please let Kiri know

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Field Trip CANCELLED – insufficient interest
Mar
9
10:00 AM10:00

Field Trip CANCELLED – insufficient interest

Tupapakurua Water falls Proposed Field Trip, National Park, March 2019

The walk starts at the parking area on Fishers Track behind National Park.  The majority of the walk passes through good stands of tawa, mature rimu, miro and totara, through further native bush to a lookout point where it is possible to view over a large area of countryside.

We continue on through the bush until we get to the position where we view the falls from a ridge.  This is our intended lunch spot. After lunch we return via the same track. The walk will take approximately 3-4 hours.

Led by Roy & Annette Dench.

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Tussock Traverse (marshalling help required)
Jan
26
9:00 AM09:00

Tussock Traverse (marshalling help required)

The Tussock Traverse is an off-road adventure in Tongariro National Park supporting the ongoing work of Project Tongariro, who provides marshalls for this event. In return for your marshaling services on the Saturday you get a wonderful weekend away including accommodation for Friday and Saturday nights, a lunch and a dinner and good company!  First Aid and Tramping experience is a must.  Email kiri@tongariro.org.nz if you are interested .

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Kid Fishing Day - Mahi Aroha
Jan
20
10:00 AM10:00

Kid Fishing Day - Mahi Aroha

  • Tongariro National Trout Centre carpark (map)
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Description: Let the kids get to try fishing in the pool at the Tongariro National Trout Centre, Turangi.

Fun, supervised holiday activities at Tongariro National Trout Centre.

Minimum age: 5-11 year

Pay at the Centre, Turangi. Cost: $15 when using code words “Mahi Aroha”

What to bring…

-       Weather appropriate clothing

-       Water bottle

-       Personal medication

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Around the Mountains - Art Exhibition
Jan
18
to Feb 25

Around the Mountains - Art Exhibition

Impressions by six local artists - Sue Gaham, Robbie Graham, Carole Cornes, Doug Anderson, Di Michels, Mari Moore

Project Tongariro member Di Michels exhibits her paintings “Nga tamariki a Tane - The children of Tane” - A visual celebration of native fauna around Tongariro National Park and its surrounds. Some of the proceeds of her sales will be donated to Project Tongariro

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Kids Bike Taupo Event - Mahi Aroha
Jan
17
3:30 PM15:30

Kids Bike Taupo Event - Mahi Aroha

  • Craters of the Moon Mountain Bike Trails Carpark, Karapiti Road (map)
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Get the kids out on their bikes in the forest trails! Mum and Dad you can tag along too! Supported exploring of the easier tracks at Craters Mountainbike Park, Wairakei Forest.

-       To provide the opportunity for people to explore Craters Mountainbike Park, Wairakei Forest without the required Bike Taupo membership

-       Learn about mountainbiking with support from experienced riders

Grade: 1-3, depending on track

Transport: Meet at carpark, own transport needed

Duration: 2 hours maximum

Minimum age: All ages

Cost: Koha

Weather: The only weather that would stop the event would be very strong winds and/or heavy rain.

Safety:

  • Ride to your ability. Stay on the track and if you get lost, wait for Tail End Charlie and/or phone organisers. Cell phone a good idea.

 What to bring…

  • No water in park – bring your own.

  • Sensible riding clothes and shoes.

  • Food if necessary

  • Sunglasses/ sunscreen/ sunhat

  • Personal medication

  • Own bike and helmet if possible, but there will be some to borrow.

Note – the Trip Leader reserves the right to refuse anyone who is insufficiently equipped

Enquiries to kids@biketaupo.org.nz .

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Wicked Weedies Day - Mahi Aroha
Jan
15
9:30 AM09:30

Wicked Weedies Day - Mahi Aroha

  • Spa Thermal Park, Country Lane, Taupo (map)
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Join the ‘Greening Taupo Wicked Weedies’ who weed and maintain planted sites within the Taupo region.  Your chance to check out the group - you may be inspired to join up and get involved!

Warnings:

  • Participants will be briefed at the beginning identifying hazards associated with the tasks

Age: all ages

Transport: Own

Costs: Koha

Weather: Will be cancelled if stormy weather including strong winds & lightening. Will go ahead in light rain. Will post on the Predator Free Taupo Facebook page.

Minimum age: all ages

Enquiries to marketing@tongariro.org.nz

What to bring…

  • Waterproof and warm clothing

  • Packed lunch and water

  • Sturdy shoes

  • Sunglasses/ sunscreen/ sunhat

  • Personal medication

  • There will be some equipment provided but If you have some favourite hand tools for gardening, bring them along!

Note – the Trip Leader reserves the right to refuse anyone who is insufficiently equipped

Objectives of the trip

  • To provide opportunities for people to explore our places

  • Learn about conservation here and the importance of local partnerships

  • Learning about Greening Taupo and how to bring back the birds

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Opepe Reserve Open Day & Trap Servicing  - Mahi Aroha
Jan
13
10:30 AM10:30

Opepe Reserve Open Day & Trap Servicing - Mahi Aroha

  • Opepe Memorial Carpark, State Highway 5 (map)
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Join Predator Free Taupo and  forest and bird volunteers check the rodent traps within Opepe forest reserve. A great opportunity to come and check out a community trapping project to learn how to service traps and become motivated and encouraged to join up and get involved!

Warnings:

  • Major risk is the carpark, SH 5 very busy and traffic is fast.

  • Participants will be briefed at the beginning identifying hazards with walking on and off trail and hazards with using traps

Age: all ages, under 14 accompanied by adult

Transport: Own

Costs: Koha

Grade: 2 - about 4 hour walk

Weather: Will be cancelled if stormy weather including strong winds & lightening. Will go ahead in light rain. Will post on the Predator Free Taupo Facebook page

Minimum age: 5

Enquiries to marketing@tongariro.org.nz

What to bring…

-       Waterproof and warm clothing

-       Packed lunch and water

-       Sturdy tramping / walking shoes

-       Personal medication

-       Camera

Note – the Trip Leader reserves the right to refuse anyone who is insufficiently equipped

Objectives of the trip

  • Aims and objectives of Predator Free Taupo

  • To provide opportunities for people to explore our places

  • Learn about conservation here and the importance of local partnerships

  • Learning about Predator Free 2050

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Lake Rotopounamu Walk - Mahi Aroha
Jan
12
11:00 AM11:00

Lake Rotopounamu Walk - Mahi Aroha

  • Lake Rotopounamu carpark, Te Ponanga Saddle Road (map)
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The Project Tongariro forest restoration project has been running at Lake Rotopounamu for over 13 years and the improvement to birdlife is remarkable! Join Project Tongariro volunteers for a walk around the lake checking rodent traps, wētā hotels and bird spotting. Enjoy lunch at ‘long beach’ and hear about how this unique place is being protected and future plans to reintroduce birds that once lived in this special jewel of Tongariro National Park. We will boil a billy for tea or coffee

Age: Open

Cost: Koha

Grade: 2 - easy 2.5 hour walk

Minimum age: 5

Enquiries to marketing@tongariro.org.nz

What to bring…

-       Waterproof and warm clothing

-       Packed lunch and water

-       Sturdy tramping / walking shoes

-       Personal medication

-       Camera

Note – the Trip Leader reserves the right to refuse anyone who is insufficiently equipped

Objectives of the trip

-       To provide opportunities for people to explore our places              

-       To learn about predator control required to restore wildlife values in a magnificent podocarp forest

-       To observe wildlife benefits from integrated management of pests and predators

-       Learn about conservation

-       To share a beautiful part of the country!

Enquiries to marketing@tongariro.org.nz

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Te Matapuna Wetlands - Mahi Aroha
Jan
8
9:30 AM09:30

Te Matapuna Wetlands - Mahi Aroha

  • Liquorice Café Motuoapa Motuoapa, Waikato, 3382 New Zealand (map)
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Te Matapuna Wetlands – education and exploration

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Meeting place: Liquorice Cafe, Motuapa

Grade 2-3 easy walk, may get wet feet

Age: 5 yrs and up

Cost: Koha

Enquiries or inclement weather: phone marketing@tongariro.org.nz

What to bring…

-       Waterproof and warm clothing

-       Packed lunch and water

-       Sturdy tramping / walking shoes/gum boots

-       Personal medication

-       Camera

Note – the Trip Leader reserves the right to refuse anyone who is insufficiently equipped

Objectives of the trip / event

-       To provide opportunities for people to explore our places (off track)

-       To learn about the values of wetlands to our biodiversity including water quality

-       To observe the difference to wetland restoration made possible by community conservation

-       Learn about conservation

-       Tell our stories / interpretation

-       To share a beautiful part of the country!

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Whanau Nature Day - Mahi Aroha
Jan
7
11:00 AM11:00

Whanau Nature Day - Mahi Aroha

  • Waipahihi Botanic Gardens Clubrooms (map)
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Hands-on fun for parents and kids - Learn to take action for wildlife in your very own backyard!

Anyone welcome, the more the merrier

Cost: Koha (no bookings required)

Will be held rain or shine. Cancellation will only be due to severe weather event.

What to bring…

-       Waterproof and warm clothing

-       Packed lunch and water (although free sausages available)

-       Sunglasses/ sunscreen/ sunhat

Note – the Trip Leader reserves the right to refuse anyone who is insufficiently equipped

Enquiries to marketing@tongariro.org.nz

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Tauranga-Taupo Waterfall Trek - Mahi Aroha
Jan
4
9:00 AM09:00

Tauranga-Taupo Waterfall Trek - Mahi Aroha

  • 1 Kiko Rd Motuoapa, Waikato, 3382 New Zealand (map)
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Walk into the delightful Tauranga-Taupo Waterfall travelling off-track through red beech and mixed podocarp forest. 5 hours walking time.

Date: Friday 4th January 2019

Meeting place: State Highway 1, Kiko Road Intersection, Tauranga-Taupō. On Kiko Road at a safe distance from the Highway.

Start time: meet: 9 am

Max participants: 12

Minimum age: 12

Cost: Koha

Booking and enquiries to marketing@tongariro.org.nz

Inclement weather – leader will text cell phones before trip goes ahead.

Trip Description

Join local conservation personalities and enthusiasts to be guided into the delightful Tauranga-Taupo waterfall nestled in the foothills of the Kaimanawa ranges. This place is special and not often visited.  You will be travelling off track through red beech and mixed podocarp forest. Stop for lunch and a refreshing swim, before returning back. 5-6 hours walking time.  Good level of fitness required – there is a challenging decent down to the waterfall – optional.

What to bring…

-       Waterproof and warm clothing

-       Packed lunch and water

-       Sturdy tramping / walking shoes

-       Personal medication

-       Camera

Note – the Trip Leader reserves the right to refuse anyone who is insufficiently equipped

Objectives of the trip / event

-       To provide opportunities for people to explore our places (off track)

-       Learn about conservation

-       Tell our stories / interpretation

-       To share a beautiful part of the country!

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Come Fly a Kite Day - Mahi Aroha
Jan
1
10:00 AM10:00

Come Fly a Kite Day - Mahi Aroha

  • Chateau Tongariro Hotel State Highway 48 Whakapapa (map)
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Ever flown your kite beneath the peaks of Mounts Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu? Well here’s your chance. Join us for a FREE family fun day on Chateau Tongariro Golf Course. A sausage sizzle will keep you fueled while we get stuck into kite making and, of course, flying. Come and join the Project Tongariro team and show your support for the work they do in our area.

Part of the Mahi Aroha/Summer Programme - organised by Project Tongariro which offers you exclusive opportunities to explore our local flora and fauna, landscapes, cultural and historical sites and creatures.

Enquiries to marketing@tongariro.org.nz

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The Goat Adventure Run (marshalling help required)
Dec
1
9:30 AM09:30

The Goat Adventure Run (marshalling help required)

The Goat Adventure Run is an exhilarating, challenging, yet achievable alpine run traversing the side of spectacular Mt Ruapehu. Project Tongariro provides marshalls for this event and in return for your services on the Saturday you get a wonderful weekend away including accommodation for Friday and Saturday nights, a lunch and a dinner and good company!  First Aid and Tramping experience is a must.  Email kiri@tongariro.org.nz if you are interested.

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Dactylanthus Monitoring
Oct
19
9:00 AM09:00

Dactylanthus Monitoring

Being connected to Project Tongariro sometimes gets you in on some very interesting conservation experiences - and this is one of them!!   We will be seed set monitoring, checking cages, determining gender, re-GPS’ing plants, caging, cage strengthening and spreading seed. There will be two or three groups and Thomas Emmitt, Pureora DOC bio supervisor, will be there as a technical guide and hopefully a local kaumatua to give a cultural perspective.  Email kiri@tongariro.org.nz if you are interested.

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