Track Maintenance Volunteer Day - Sat 23 July 2022

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Calling for volunteers!

We are offering a fun day on our island sanctuary and the chance to help in our restoration programme

Visitors to the island experience the best of our planting with over 6km of fabulous walking tracks and plenty of places to explore. Our plants are growing incredibly well, but they still need some pruning to keep the tracks enjoyable. That’s where we hope you come in!

It would mean the world to us if you come and help us keep these tracks in the best condition. 

DATE: Saturday 23 July 2022 
TIME: 8:45am - 3:45pm
COST: Just cover your ferry ticket
BOOKINGS:  Email us to register + book your ferry ticket on Fullers360 website. (select 23 July)

Suitable for:
We are looking for volunteers to clear the tracks at the same time as exploring the island. There will be activities for all ages and skills

Some tasks are light work and can be done with a little instruction.
Other tasks will be led by a ranger and for experienced trampers. These people will be pruning some of our steeper tracks.

Will you please help us ensure this wildlife sanctuary continues to thrive? 


8:45am Volunteers depart on Fullers360 ferry from Quay St. 
10:00am Arrive on Rotoroa, welcome by Island Ranger and biosecurity briefing;
10:30am Gear distributed and restoration work begins (with a break for lunch)
1:30pm Time to explore the island, followed by sausage sizzle
3:45pm Ferry departs for Auckland

What to bring:
Your lunch and plenty of water to drink;
tramping/hiking boots;
several layers of clothes (long sleeves and long pants essential) and wet weather gear;
sunscreen and sun hat;
gardening gloves if you have them.
If you require any medication, please bring it with you (especially if you are an allergy sufferer); staff will have a basic first aid kit only.

What we'll provide:
Gloves (please bring your own if you have them); tea, coffee, hot chocolate and water; supervisors with plenty of interesting stories and good humour! Plus we'll put on a sausage sizzle.

How to book Email us to register, plus book your fares on Fullers360 website or call Fullers360 on 09 307 8005

While unlikely to cancel unless terrible weather, here's how you can be sure it's going ahead. Check on this page or  Facebook page where we'll post a cancellation notification.

If you are unsure, please call the island's duty phone on the morning of the volunteer day: 09 283 0849.

Biosecurity Information
Rotoroa Island is a predator free sanctuary; before you visit please:

- Check your bags thoroughly for rodents, insects (especially ants) and other pests prior to boarding the ferry
- All bags must be SEALED - plastic bags, open top bags and supermarket bags are easy for pests to access so please leave these at home
- Carry food in sealed, rodent proof plastic containers and take your rubbish home
- Check your footwear is clean and that there is no soil or seeds in laces or treads
- Leave your bicycle at home and if you're bringing a buggy, make sure your tyre treads aren't packed with dirt or insects

If you can’t make it on this day, make sure you check out our other volunteer days!