December 2017 - February 2018: Nugget Point Lighthouse Reserve/Tokatā is a popular tourist destination and contains rare endemic botanical and wildlife species, in particular the yellow-eyed penguin/hoiho.


One - two volunteers required for two weeks per trip.

Location: Nugget Point Lighthouse Reserve/Tokatā, Catlins.

Activity number 19: Please quote the activity number and trip in your volunteer application or enquiry.


Trip A: Wednesday 6 December – Wednesday 20 December 2017
Trip B: Wednesday 20 December – Wednesday 3 January 2018
Trip C: Wednesday 3 January – Wednesday 17 January 2018
Trip D: Wednesday 17 January – Wednesday 31 January 2018
Trip E: Wednesday 31 January – Wednesday 14 February 2018
Trip F: Wednesday 14 February – Wednesday 28 February 2018


Nugget Point Lighthouse Reserve.
Nugget Point Lighthouse Reserve
Image: Shellie Evans ©

Nugget Point Lighthouse Reserve/Tokatā is a popular tourist destination, with rare endemic botanical and wildlife species like the yellow-eyed penguin/hoiho. We need a ranger to provide assistance and conservation education to visitors. They will also maintain facilities and clean toilets as required – due to high visitor numbers the facilities must be clean and tidy at all times. This is a remote position so we prefer to have two people per trip, this is a great opportunity for a couple or two friends.

What to expect

Fitness/skills: Low. The ranger will need to be visible on the reserve, particularly around the viewing hide area in the evenings, for between 4 to 6 hours per day.

The tracks around the reserve are well formed and an easy gradient. Catlins weather is often changeable, with a mixture of clear fine days and wild blustery days.

Volunteers will need to have good communication skills and enjoy talking with people from local and foreign backgrounds.

Accommodation: Former lighthouse keepers residence (managed by DOC), a fully furnished four-bedroom brick house at the top of the reserve. There is a hot shower and laundry facilities available and all kitchen appliances and equipment are provided. One bedroom is for use by the volunteer, but the kitchen/living area and bathroom may be shared from time to time with DOC staff working in the area.

Pickup/drop off location: Meet at the DOC Owaka Field Centre, 20 Ryley Street Owaka at 9.00 am and finish at 10.00 am on the dates stated above.

Cost: There is no charge for this activity. However, volunteers will need to provide their own food and transport. Due to the isolated location of Nugget Point/Tokatā, it is essential that volunteers have their own vehicle.

What to bring

A full equipment list and information pack will be issued prior to the commencement of the activity.

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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