16 - 20 November 2017: Take part in vegetation control and track maintenance on Pigeon Island, a scenic recreation reserve with magnificent views of Mount Earnslaw.


Eight volunteers required for five days.

Location: Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown.

Activity number 14: Quote this activity number in your volunteer application or enquiry.


Thursday 16 November – Monday 20 November 2017


Hut on Pigeon Island.
A hut on Pigeon Island, Lake Wakatipu Queenstown
Image: DOC

With magnificent views of Mount Earnslaw/Pikirakatahi, Pigeon Island Scenic Reserve is 2.5 km long and 1.2 km wide. The island has patches of mature red beech forest and much regenerating shrubland, as well as areas replanted by volunteers after two disastrous fires. The main task will be weed control (cutting broom, gorse, hawthorn and Spanish heath) as well as some track clearing and a little bit of planting.

Volunteers will be able to explore the island and its natural beauty. There will also be the chance to explore neighbouring Pig Island/Mātau and tidy the main track. Birdlife is abundant due to predator control work. Weka were released some years ago and are now thriving.

The Wakatipu Islands Reforestation Trust will run this conservation volunteer activity. The Trust operates on behalf of the community, Queenstown Lakes District Council and DOC to facilitate reforestation on this island.

What to expect

Fitness/skills: Low to medium. There will be some walking and hill climbing involved but nothing too strenuous. Tools are supplied, but having your own loppers, pruning saw and work gloves is useful.

Accommodation: Smiths Hut on Pigeon Island/Wāwāhi Waka, or you can bring a tent for privacy.

Pickup/drop off location: Meet at One Mile Car Park, opposite the YHA on Esplanade Road in Queenstown on Thursday 16 November at 8.30 am, returning to the same location around 2.00 pm on Monday 20 November.

Cost: $80 per person - contribution towards food and transport.

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 about other 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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