DOC Summer Programme

Thank you DOC…

WIth the count-down towards the holidays it is timely to say a BIG thankyou to DOC.

The Department of Conservation are more obvious locally as they play a wider role in small tourist towns like Turangi than in the larger centres.

During 2013 DOC have suffered from major restructuring and shifting the Turangi office to Taupo etc.  But we are pleased to advise that has not resulted in any diminishing of their essential tourist services around Turangi.

In particular they are responsible for the maintenance of the many walking, hiking tracks throughout the region which are in high demand for the holiday season.

At TRM the anglers are even more aware of their maintenance efforts keeping tracks open along the Tongariro River after they get swept away from the usual floods.

For anglers there are new tracks – such as the anglers access above the Red Hut Bridge up to Poutu Pool (in the photo above) and constant repairs such as where the bypass track up to Boulder Reach was undermined by the last floods and poisoning weeds (i.e. small pine trees).  We could go on and on…. but are sure you will notice and appreciate the differences and improvements during your next visit.

For bikers and hikers there are so many improvements to the Tongariro River Trail with several new detours constructed to ease the contours and signage and resurfacing with improved drainage to make them accessible in all weathers, etc.

So, on behalf of many bikers and hikers and tourists we just want to pass on a well deserved appreciation to the DOC staff and contractors involved.  They do a great job.  The favourable comments that we receive back from tourists otherwise go unreported.

Also we need to acknowledge the value of the monthly fishing reports that have been published during 2013 – excellent factual reports to advise anglers of fish trap results compared to previous years etc.  Previously the Target Taupo magazine was the most important publication keeping anglers informed as the communication from the fishery managers to their stakeholders – anglers, but now that appears to have been replaced by these monthly updates.

Naturally they can never please everyone.  But particularly after receiving so many negative comments from anglers about DOC’s involvement in their management of the Taupo fishery, it is pleasing that we can acknowledge and thank them for all the good works mentioned above – that otherwise go unreported.

Below we repeat their amazing Summer Programme of holiday activities which illustrates their huge contribution to the local tourist scene.

Well done DOC – take a bow!

 

DOC Summer Programme:

What a tremendous variety of holiday activities organised for you… 

If you are venturing anywhere near Turangi then this is compulsory viewing…

Waimarino Wetland kayak

Monday 30 December 2013. Witness some of the conservation work in progress, at one of the North Island’s most important wetlands, as well as see first-hand some of the beauty and wildlife that exists within.

Waterfall wander

Tuesday 31 December 2013. Head off track and ramble your way through mixed beech podocarp forest until you reach the majestic and refreshing waters of the Tauranga-Taupō waterfall.

Come fly a kite with me – kite flying day

Wednesday 1 January 2014. Join us for a family fun day on Grand Chateau Golf Course. A sausage sizzle will keep you fuelled while we get stuck into kite making and, of course, flying.

Sulphur & secrets

Thursday 2 January 2014. Come and explore the beauty, diversity and dynamic nature of the mysterious Rotokawa geothermal area.

Bridge to Nowhere mountain bike ride

Friday 3 January 2014. Bike the historic Mangapurua Valley, over the Bridge to Nowhere before descending down to the Whanganui River and a jet boat ride.

Kids Bike Taupo

Friday 3 January & Friday 24 January 2014. Calling all kids, grab your bikes, helmets and a buddy and head along to Taupō’s Spa Park for an epic kids mountain bike event.

Volcanic heritage – Te Maari to Tangiwai

Saturday 4 January 2014. A volcanic journey from a viewpoint of the Te Maari volcanic site to the infamous Tangiwai disaster site.

Pukawa Omori conservation hikoi

Sunday 5 January 2014. Come and be inspired by the work of the award-winning Pukawa Wildlife Management Trust.

Pukeonake sunset

Monday 6 January 2014. Grab your camera, prepare a flask of hot tea and set off to the top of Pukeonake, Tongariro National Park’s lowest crater.

Historic Old Coach Road wander

Tuesday 7 January 2014. Trace the steps of history as you make your way along Horopito’s historic Old Coach Road.

Creatures of the night

Tuesday 7 January & Tuesday 14 January 2014. Come and learn about some of the cool creatures and activities that go on when the lights go out.

Wet & wild with whio

Wednesday 8 January & Wednesday 22 January 2014. Jump onboard a raft and get set to explore the upper part of the Tongariro River while hearing all about the very special blue duck.

What’s the beef?

Wednesday 8 January 2014. Come and meet The Bartons at their Tihoi farm and hear what they are doing to create synergy between meat quality and environmental quality.

Land the big one – kids fishing

Wednesday 8 January & Wednesday 22 January 2014. Kids, head along to the Tongariro National Trout Centre, dangle your line and find out what’s waiting below ready to take a bite.

Great Lake Trail Ride – Waihora & Waihaha Tracks

Thursday 9 January & Thursday 23 January 2014. Grab your bike and join those responsible for building what is an iconic Taupō cycling track as you head out on the newest links of the Great Lake Trail Ride.

Making friends in the forest

Friday 10 January 2014. Come and meet some of Pureroa Forest Park’s residents, the birds that call this place home.

Stanton Memorial Walk

Friday10 January 2014. Stretch the legs on this picturesque alpine walk beginning at the top of Whakapapa Ski Field’s Bruce Road.

Back to Nature walk

Saturday 11 January 2014. Start your day the natural way, with a gentle stroll around the picturesque Lake Rotopounamu.

Wild at Heart – Kaimanawa horse experience

Sunday 12 January 2014. Take a rare and guided visit to the home of the wild Kaimanawa horses.

Kids mountain bike day

Monday 13 January 2014. Hey kids, this one is for you – learn mountain bike skills and how to keep your bike in tip-top shape.

A sustainable future

Monday 13 January 2014. Visit Taupō’s Clean Energy Centre and a private residence nearby, and find out ways we can work towards a greener and more sustainable future.

Creatures of the night

Tuesday 7 January & Tuesday 14 January 2014. Come and learn about some of the cool creatures and activities that go on when the lights go out.

Okupata Caves experience

Tuesday 14 January 2014. Come and explore the magic of the Okupata limestone caves lying quietly beneath the Tongariro Forest.

Poronui mountain bike trip

Wednesday 15 January 2014. Explore the fringes of the Mohaka River and Poronui Station like never before.

Taupo Fishery fishing seminar

Monday 13 January 2014. Come and sit with ever interesting Fishery Science advisor Dr. Michel Dedual as he talks all things fishing in the region.

42 Traverse mountain bike ride

Friday 17 January 2014. Grab your bike and get ready to hit one of the most popular mountain bike rides in the Central Plateau.

Landscape photography course

Saturday 18 January 2014. Join experienced local photographer and past winner in the International Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards Andy Aanensen at the Whakapapa Visitor Centre for an insightful workshop on the art of landscape photography.

Boyd Oamaru

Sunday 19 January 2014. Take off by helicopter to the remote Boyd Airstrip nestled in the heart of the Kaimanawa Forest Park for a walk like no other.

Wairakei Wildlife Sanctuary

Monday 20 January 2014. Come and enjoy a leisurely walk around the Wairakei International Golf Course, which in recent years has been developed into a stunning wildlife sanctuary.

Land the big one – kids fishing

Wednesday 8 January & Wednesday 22 January 2014. Kids, head along to the Tongariro National Trout Centre, dangle your line and find out what’s waiting below ready to take a bite.

Wet & wild with whio

Wednesday 8 January & Wednesday 22 January 2014. Jump onboard a raft and get set to explore the upper part of the Tongariro River while hearing all about the very special blue duck.

Great Lake Trail Ride – Waihora & Waihaha Tracks

Thursday 9 January & Thursday 23 January 2014. Grab your bike and join those responsible for building what is an iconic Taupō cycling track as you head out on the newest links of the Great Lake Trail Ride.

Kids Bike Taupo

Friday 3 January & Friday 24 January 2014. Calling all kids, grab your bikes, helmets and a buddy and head along to Taupō’s Spa Park for an epic kids mountain bike event.

Waipakihi heli-hike

Friday 24 January 2014. Set off by helicopter towards the stunning Waipakahi Valley where a river walk awaits.

Taupo native plant nursery tour

Saturday 25 January 2014 Hear from the experts as they discuss how to propogate plants, seed collection and encouraging birds into your garden.

Tussock Traverse

Saturday 25 January 2014. The ever-challenging Tussock Traverse trail running event offers both runners and walkers one of the most scenic and varying courses in New Zealand.

Contacts

Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 7 892 3729
Fax:      +64 7 892 3814
Email:      tongarirovc@doc.govt.nz
Address:      Whakapapa Village
State Highway 48
Mount Ruapehu
Postal Address:      P.O. Box 71029
Whakapapa Village
Mount Ruapehu 3951