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Dunedin
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 315
Persons: Up to 10.
Category: Other
Host ID: 22203
Region: Otago

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Last Updated: December 17, 2017

Te Nohoaka o Tukiauau / Sinclair Wetlands is regarded as the largest and most important privately owned wetland in New Zealand!
New Zealand has lost 90% of these important eco-systems, this wetland is an important bird habitat and is protected under a QEII open space covenant. Sinclair Wetlands is made up of ponds, water channels, swamplands, a couple of re-vegetating islands and hosts over 60 species of birds which live in, or regularly visit the wetland.

In exchange for accommodation we require helpers for maintenance, up keep and enhancement of the wetlands.
The wetland is managed by a non profit organisation (Charitable Trust - not a business) therefore we are unable to provide food, transport or any luxuries like wi-fi etc. (However, we can provide kharma credits an amazing experience and feel good factor!)
By choosing an exchange here your help will have a positive environmental impact! Along the way you will discover what it's like to live as a kiwi and what makes conservation in N.Z. so unique.

Volunteering at the wetlands can include:
Native tree planting, weed eradication, predator trapping, track maintenance, , weed releasing, nursery and plant work, grounds keeping etc.

Come and enjoy staying in a peaceful and important conservation environment. Volunteers stay in the visitor accommodation wing, this house is basic but well equipped, it is quiet and private with a wonderful outlook over the wetland! (it can be cold at times, especially in winter - please come prepared!)

Your host Glen is the only staff member and works full time to look after the wetland. Glen and his partner Chantal live on-site in the managers flat (Glen and Chantal are not the owners of the wetland, Glen is employed to carry out restoration of the wetland)
Glen and Chantal enjoy nature, outdoor sports and activities, photography, art, good food and encouraging a sustainable world!

Sinclair Wetlands are 50km from Dunedin set among rural farms on the Taieri Plains (close to the airport) Allow 35 minutes drive from Dunedin city.

*??Please come prepared for working in the outdoors, and the willingness to live in a conservative manner - when planning an exchange please try arrange your timing to begin on a SUNDAY (we take new volunteers each Sunday)

We would really appreciate your help so please don't hesitate to get in touch! :)

*** Please come prepared for working in the outdoors, and an adaptability for living in a conservative manner, warm clothes are essential - our houses are cold!

We take volunteers on each Sunday, this prevents disturbance to guests and means we can give one lot of orietation/briefings - when planning a stay please try align your arrival for a Sunday

Check out our facebook page link above for more information!

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