December 2017 - April 2018: On the shores of Lake Hāwea, Kidds Bush Campsite is a popular destination for families and tourists.


One volunteer required for fifteen days per trip.

Location: Kidds Bush Reserve - Lake Hāwea, Central Otago.

Activity number 15: Please quote this activity number in your volunteer application or enquiry.


Kidds Bush campsite.
Kidds Bush campsite
Image: DOC

Trip A: Friday 1 December - Friday 15 December 2017
Trip B: Friday 15 December - Friday 29 December 2017
Trip C: Friday 29 December - Friday 12 Janaury 2018
Trip D: Friday 12 January - Friday 26 Janaury 2018
Trip E: Friday 26 January - Friday 9 February 2018
Trip F: Friday 9 February - Friday 23 February 2018
Trip G: Friday 23 February - Friday 9 March 2018
Trip H: Friday 9 March - Friday 23 March 2018
Trip I: Friday 23 March - Friday 6 April 2018
Trip J: Friday 6 April - Friday 20 April 2018


We require volunteers to help out during the busy summer season. Volunteer duties include daily fee compliance, cleaning the camp facilities and helping campers with general enquiries.

There will be plenty of time during the day to explore and enjoy the surrounding area. There is one position available on each of the trips, although partners, friends or family members are welcome to accompany the volunteer.

What to expect

Fitness/skills: Low. Volunteers must be good with people, able to communicate well, and have a good understanding of the English language.

Accommodation: This position would be well suited to someone with their own caravan/motor home. We can provide basic accommodation in a small portable hut, which is equipped with pots, pans, cutlery, crockery, a gas cooker and mattresses. However there is NO heating or fridge available.

Meeting location: Off SH6, 32 km north of Wanaka. The volunteer will meet a DOC staff member at Kidds Bush Campsite at 1.00 pm on their selected date, to go through the induction process.

Cost: There is no charge for this activity, but volunteers will need to bring their own food. DOC will provide a food allowance for one person – any partners, friends or family members accompany the volunteer at their own expense. Volunteers will need to take their own vehicle to Kidds Bush so they can get groceries and other supplies if needed.

How to apply

To find out more about what to expect, how to apply for activities, acceptance and cancellation details view the Otago volunteer information and online application form.


If you have specific questions or would like to know more about other conservation volunteer opportunities in the area, contact:

Southland and Otago Volunteer Coordinator

Murihiku / Invercargill Office
Phone:   +64 3 211 2400
Address:   7th Floor
CUE on Don
33 Don Street
Invercargill 9810
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