Through overnight volunteering on the Wild Heart Project, volunteers can get to know some of our wild places around Aotearoa (New Zealand) while protecting this beautiful natural environment we are lucky enough to call home.
Many of us have felt cooped up these last few months, so why not join our overnight volunteering projects to reconnect with your environment and those around you! The Wild Heart Project is a new collaboration between Conservation Volunteers New Zealand and Shades of Green. Enjoy a meaningful getaway in Punakaiki, Christchurch, Wellington or in North Auckland while supporting the wonderful conservation efforts being made across Aotearoa. Here are some locations where you can get involved:
PUNAKAIKI, PAPAROA NATIONAL PARK
At Punakaiki we’re transforming a former farm and mining site into native rainforest to help preserve and enhance the breeding habitat of the Tāiko Westland Petrel. This forest and coastline area is the only place in the world where they come to breed each year. Our project site is beside a spectacular wild West Coast beach which is a fully protected marine reserve, and right next to the amazing Pancake Rocks and Paparoa National Park with its many great nature walks. It’s also beside the Nikau Scientific Reserve — one of the few remaining original sand-plain forests in the country.
In Wellington we are re-growing the city’s green heart so it’s once more a haven for our native bird species. There are a great range of projects to be involved in including replanting native forests across Wellington’s reserves, streams and beaches. Our accomodation in the historic Truby King House in Truby King Park is an awesome base for exploring the capital’s many great cafes and museums…
Water is the source of all life and here in Christchurch we’re replanting and restoring important parks, wetlands and reserves to better protect the region’s waterways and its many native birds. Our base is the historic Paterson House, where a number of great rides and walks lead you up onto the Port Hills and spectacular views of the city and the mountains.
ĀTIU CREEK, NORTH AUCKLAND
Here at Atiu Creek we’re planting a native forest across this stunning Regional Park, set right on the edge of the Kaipara Harbour, the country’s largest harbour. The park provides habitat for the nationally threatened New Zealand dabchick and brown teal. Our base is a former farm house located within the Park. It’s a chance to slow down and connect with nature, and explore the park’s many coastal wonders.
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