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From £579, 2 weeks, New Zealand Trip code: NZCV

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  • Relaxation 2 out of 5
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Trip Highlights

  • Take a leading role in New Zealand conservation amongst breathtaking scenery
  • Experience sunrises and sunsets like you’ve never seen before
  • Gain new skills and learn more about the flora and fauna of New Zealand 
  • Great way to settle into Kiwi life whilst getting involved in worthwhile, hands-on environmental projects

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Breathtakingly beautiful scenery is the backdrop to this awesome opportunity to really get stuck in to some serious New Zealand conservation. Play a part in conserving the famously beautiful landscapes of New Zealand. Projects might involve coastal restoration, tree planting and surveying flora and fauna.


Projects take place in and around Christchurch and Auckland, aka, the City of Sails, located on the stunning Hauraki Gulf as well as totally rural places like the Waitakere ranges, overlooking the wild west coast, and on the gulf’s inner island at sea! So if you want to get involved with worthwhile conservation volunteering, bask in the peace and tranquillity of the natural wonder of Milford Sound, cruise dramatic bays spotting dolphins and whales or pump up your adrenalin in Queenstown,... New Zealand’s the place for you. Make sure you include it in your travels in Australasia.
 

 


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What will I be doing?

  • Typical Itinerary (2 – 10 weeks)

  • Your role as a volunteer (2 – 10 weeks)

Typical Itinerary: 2 – 10 weeks

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Destination info

New Zealand consists of two main islands, the North and the South. The North Island, home to the major cities: the capital Wellington and “The city of sails” Auckland is mainly volcanic in origin boasting many seismic features such as geysers and hot springs. The South Island is separated down its length by the Southern Alps, the highest point of which is Mount Cook/ Aoraki.

 

For a landmass that is a little larger than the UK, the population of New Zealand is only 4.1 million - which makes the ratio of sheep to people 10:1! However, this means that despite the huge number of visitors that travel to New Zealand every year it rarely feels crowded.
 

 
 
  • Location: Auckland or Christchurch, and then in different locations

After spending a couple of days settling in to the typical Kiwi lifestyle, you will be met on Monday morning by a project team leader. You will receive a health and safety briefing and receive details about the projects you will be undertaking before travelling to the project location.

Conservation Volunteers New Zealand place volunteers on projects in urban, regional and remote locations. You will often travel to a different project location every week or two. This is a fantastic way to take part in different project activities in across the country! Every project is assessed to ensure that it has positive conservation outcomes and is part of an overall management plan. You will not be offered a choice of projects, as they vary according to seasonal conditions and conservation priorities however project leaders will do their best to provide a variety of projects or locations during your time as a volunteer, while achieving their essential conservation outcome, which always remains the priority.

Your role as a volunteer: 2 – 10 weeks

Destination info

New Zealand consists of two main islands, the North and the South. The North Island, home to the major cities: the capital Wellington and “The city of sails” Auckland is mainly volcanic in origin boasting many seismic features such as geysers and hot springs. The South Island is separated down its length by the Southern Alps, the highest point of which is Mount Cook/ Aoraki.

 

For a landmass that is a little larger than the UK, the population of New Zealand is only 4.1 million - which makes the ratio of sheep to people 10:1! However, this means that despite the huge number of visitors that travel to New Zealand every year it rarely feels crowded.

  • Location: Auckland or Christchurch, and then in different locations

The range of projects that you may get involved with include:

 

  • Tree planting
  • Erosion control
  • Seed collection
  • Walking and trail construction
  • Endangered flora and fauna surveys
  • Weed control
  • Habitat restoration
  • Heritage restoration

Project hours run from 8am – 4pm and you will have your weekends free, although some travel can take place on Sundays.

 

You will be working in groups of 6-10 other volunteers. Taking part in this project is a great way to meet people from all corners of the globe. A responsible team leader will also look after you - they are experts in conservation and extremely knowledgeable – ask as many questions as you like - you can learn loads about conservation and New Zealand’s environment and wildlife during your programme! They are also fully trained in first aid so they will take good care of you.


If you are volunteering on the North Island you will begin your experience in Auckland, and the projects take place in and around this famous city – known as the City of Sails, in its stunning location on the Hauraki Gulf.


If you are volunteering on the South Island then your experience will start in Christchurch. You will then travel down Punakaiki, which will be your main base for you project.

 

Please note: Itineraries and activities are subject to change. Projects are closed over the Christmas and New Year period.

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What's included?

  • 2-night arrival dormitory accommodation and breakfasts
  • Accommodation (for duration of volunteering - dorm share)
  • All meals (for duration of volunteering)
  • Conservation Volunteers membership
  • Wildlife guidebook

What's not included?

  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Visas
  • Airport transfers

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

Minimum age 18 years old, maximum decided on potential participants health.

 

Accommodation

Accommodation varies each week depending on where the projects are located. Typical accommodation includes caravans, hostels, bunkhouses and camping (tents supplied). All food is included, but you will need to muck in and help with meal preparation and washing up!

 

Meals

During your arrival package


South Island: Continental breakfasts are included for your initial night's stay in Christchurch, but lunch and dinner on these first few days are not.
North Island: All meals are included during your initial night's stay in Auckland.


During your project


You will be provided with three healthy meals each day. Vegetarians can of course be catered for – just let us know if you have any dietary requirements at the time of booking.

 

Is this trip for you?

You should be in good health and reasonably fit. The majority of the volunteer work is manual work - so long as you bring a pair of work gloves and a positive, 'let's get hands on' attitude, you'll be settled in no time!


It is essential that you notify us of any pre-existing medical conditions, injuries or allergies – the project leaders will also ask you to declare any conditions during your registration process on arrival. You will not be expected to work outside your own capabilities, but bear in mind that the terrain and activities will vary! Teamwork is an essential element of this programme, as everyone will be working closely together.
 

 

Advice & Safety

Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.

 

You will be assigned a personal travel adviser who will co-ordinate your programme with you. Feel free to contact them at any time before you go, or when you are on your travels.

 

In addition, you will have access to a 24-hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our UK staff at any time should you need to.

 

 

FAQ

1. Is there much manual work involved?

The majority of the volunteer work is manual work - so long as you bring a pair of work gloves and a positive, 'let's get hands on' attitude, you'll be settled in no time!

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2. Where will I be based?

If you are in the South Island, you will be based out of Punakaki, Paparoa National Park – which is surrounded by World Heritage Parks. On the North Island option, you can be situated anywhere within 5 hours of Auckland. For each week you are on the volunteer programme, you will move to a different project.

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3. What type of accommodation will I stay in?

When you are on the volunteering programme, accommodation will be on a shared basis and will vary according to each project location. Typical accommodation includes caravans, hostels, shearer’s quarters, bunkhouses and camping. All accommodation for the duration of you time volunteering is included in the price.

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4. Do I need a Working Holiday Visa for this programme?

No. As this is a volunteer project and you are not being paid, you can do this on a tourist visa. As a UK Citizen, you get a 6 month tourist visa free on arrival. For all other nationalities you will receive a 6 month visa free on arrival.

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5. How many other people will I be volunteering with?

The group size is restricted to 10-12 people (on average) - a nice group size allowing you to get to know the other volunteers in your group and make friends!

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Overall rating: (9/10) (6 reviews)
New Zealand Conservation

Isobel Rees - June 2013

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(10/10)
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Best experience of my life!

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Meeting the people I would be working with.

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

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Natalie Taylor - October 2011

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Planting trees/shrubs

Would you travel with our company again?

No

Would you recommend us?

No

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Charlotte Brown - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(9/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Met lovely people, made new friends, amazing country, brilliant projects, fun, great weekends, relaxing, awesome experience, totally worth a very long plane journey, unforgettable!

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
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(9/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Being able to travel and volunteer for the environment at the same time aswell as meeting new people and making new friends.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Be prepared for being in very different places each week, social wise and things to do wise. Be prepared to do the same project work on the same site twice. The volunteers I went with provided alot of stuff so I didn't need to take extra bulky things, check though.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

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Rachel Stevenson - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Phenomenal people, breathtaking country, easily the experience of my life!

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
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What were the highlights of your trip?

The people on the project were all like-minded individuals; all enthuisiastic about the work we were doing, yet all still happy to enjoy the experience to the full. Helping the amazing environment of New Zealand was just a bonus! Our week working in a Bird Sanctuary, and in a hut up in the mountains were by far the best weeks as they made you feel like you were really making a huge difference to every part of New Zealand's Conservation!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. Don't think about it - just do it! 2. Volunteering is a fantastic way to learn more about a country, as it feels much more like living there than simply passing through! 3. If you have the chance to do something, take it as quickly as possible, things are quickly changing on your travels and 'chance 2' might not come along as quickly as you thik!

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

New Zealand Conservation2011-07-04

Vaughan Edwards - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(7/10)
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Brilliant, educational, reflecting, learning, thrilling, fantastic, unforgettable, exciting,

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Being taught more environmental issues and their importance. Going up the Skytower.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Go on a safety course beforehand. Prepare and get backup incase of all emergencies. Make friends in the hostel or wherever you're staying.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

New Zealand Conservation2011-07-04

Linda Park - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Would not miss experience, chance of a lifetime at 60 years of age.

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What were the highlights of your trip?

The opportunity of trecking 3 hours to Waitawheta Hut and living very basic for the 5 days away from Auckland. Never thought at my age of 60 years that I would ever experience something so wonderful and the other young volunteers welcomed me in such a lovely way.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Go with an open mind. Make the most of the opportunity. Join in with the other volunteers.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

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