The spirit of Cape Reinga

“Far north – there must be nothing, but freedom” „Far north – there must be nothing but freedom.“ – This was my first thought, when I spotted Cape Reinga on the map of New Zealand. I was just about to settle into my new travel life. Nelson Lakes, Mount Cook Nationalpark and the wild wild…

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Planting trees for penguins with DOC

During my last volunteer project with the Department of Conservation (DOC) in Central Otago I cut trees, this time I planted them: For one weekend, me and nine other volunteers plus two DOC rangers pulled our weight to preserve the natural habitat of New Zealands native birds in the Catlins, Southland. Creating penguin hangouts in the…

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Wilding pine control with DOC

After tramping through Nelson Lakes Nationalpark my sweat-inducing journey through New Zealands various wilderness continues. This time the Department of Conservation (DOC) introduces me and four other volunteers to New Zealands desert: Central Otago – Oteake Conservation Park in particular. It is the dryest region in the country by far. Read further and learn more….

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