Clutha River/Mata-Au catchment
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March - May 2018: Join DOC for a day out to restore habitat for New Zealand’s native freshwater fish species along the lower Clutha River/Mata-Au catchment.


There will be several trips March to May 2018.

These will be held on weekdays and will run from 9.00 am until 4.30 pm.


Lower Clutha River/Mata-Au catchment area, 1 hour south of Dunedin.

Transport can be provided and will be leaving from John Wickliffe House, Princes St, Dunedin.


DOC are working together with Contact Energy Limited to improve the freshwater habitat within the lower Clutha River/Mata-Au catchment. We are working to ensure tuna/longfin eel, kanakana/lamprey, inanga/whitebait and giant kōkopu have a good place to call home and breed in.

We are planting specific areas in the catchment to restore habitat and give better shade, shelter and food so these special native fish can grow and thrive. These plantings will also help stabilise edges, manage sediment, beautify areas and provide vegetation for insects and bird life. The current restoration sites are on the banks of beautiful meandering streams, rivers and lagoons on private farms.

What to expect

While the bulk of the work is getting plants in the ground, there is also maintenance work to be done with last season's plantings. This involves releasing plants from weeds and checking on plant guards.

The lower Clutha River/Mata-Au catchment planting days offer a great chance to get hands on involvement with some important local conservation projects, set in some beautiful locations, all for the benefit of freshwater ecosystem health and the wonderful species that live within this environment.

What's provided on the day

  • Transport (if required)
  • Health and safety and activity training (on the day)
  • Tools
  • Gloves
  • Tea and coffee

What to bring

  • Long sleeved tops, long pants and covered footwear
  • A sun hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • If wet/cold bring waterproof layers and a warm hat
  • Food and Drinking water

How to apply

Register to volunteer by completing the online application form.

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