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Volunteers: Help Restore Rotoroa Island & Save A Rare Plant


Sat 21 Jul 2018, 8:45am–5:15pm

Where: Rotoroa Island, Rotoroa Island, Rotoroa Island, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: RotoroaIsland

Join our passionate team of volunteers and pitch in with our island restoration; you'll also get the chance to plant a seedling and help us save Pennantia Baylisiana, a rare plant species. 360 Discovery Cruises generously offers a 40% discount for volunteers, so be in quick to book your place.

Getting here:
360 Discovery Cruises depart from downtown Auckland to Rotoroa Island at 8:45am. The trip takes just over an hour, with a stop-off at Waiheke's Orapiu wharf on the way. You can also get to Rotoroa Island by ferry from Coromandel.

What to bring:
Your lunch and plenty of water to drink; sturdy footwear (no open toed shoes); several layers of clothes and wet weather gear; sunscreen and sun hat; gardening gloves if you have them. If you require any medication, please bring it with you (especially if you are an allergy sufferer); staff will have a basic first aid kit only.

Please note, volunteer days are not suited for very young children; those five years and older are welcome however they must be supervised by their parent or caregiver.

What we'll provide:
Gloves and spades (please bring your own if you have them); tea, coffee and water; supervisors with plenty of interesting stories and good humour! Plus we'll put on a sausage sizzle.

Plan for the day:
Volunteers will be helping us with weed releasing and clearing the island tracks. Each volunteer will also have the chance to plant a seedling; we’ve been working with our friends at Oratia Nursery and have the unique chance to help save Pennantia Baylisiana a threatened species originally from the Three Kings Island.

- 8:45am - Volunteers depart on 360 Discovery ferry from Quay St;
- 10:00am - Arrive on Rotoroa, welcome and biosecurity briefing;
- 10:30am - Gear distributed and work begins;
- 12.30pm - Break for lunch
- 1:00pm - Continue restoration work
- 3:00pm - Time to explore the island, followed by sausage sizzle
- 5:15pm - Ferry departs for Auckland

How to book special volunteer fares:
360 Discovery Cruises are providing special discounted ferry fares (40% off the normal price) from Auckland and Orapiu.

Book your fares on 360 Discovery Cruises website; enter 360111 as a promotion code to get your special ferry fare, or call 360 Discovery on 09 307 8005.

While unlikely to cancel unless terrible weather, here's how you can be sure it's going ahead. Check our website or Facebook page where we'll post a cancellation notification.

If you are unsure, please call the island's duty phone on the morning of the volunteer day: 09 283 0849.

Biosecurity information
Before you visit please:
- Check your bags thoroughly for rodents, insects (especially ants) and other pests prior to boarding the ferry
- All bags must be sealed - plastic bags, open top bags and supermarket bags are easy for pests to access so please leave these at home
- Carry food in sealed, rodent proof plastic containers and take your rubbish home
- Check your footwear is clean and that there is no soil or seeds in laces or treads
- Leave your bicycle at home and if you're bringing a buggy, make sure your tyre treads aren't packed with dirt or insects
- Leave your dog on board your vessel if visiting by boat as no dogs or domestic animals are permitted as they may endanger the island's wildlife, particularly shore birds

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