Calendar of Events

  • DOC Volunteer Wednesday - Aongatete Forest

    March 28, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Aongatete Outdoor Education Centre, 834 Wright Rd, Aongatete 3178, New Zealand

    DOC is looking for some keen volunteers to help their Rangers spread the last of the metal on the Aongatete Swimming Hole track.

    The day will require the use of hand tools, you will need to be health and safety conscience, be physically fit,  be a good communicator & be willing to learn and get involved.

    Meet at the carpark at Aongatete Outdoor Education Centre.

    Transportation may be available for a limited amount of people from the DOC Office in Tauranga.

    What to bring:

        Food. (lunch)
        Water bottle or camel pack
        Sun hat / Raincoat
        Personal medication
        Good footwear (Boots preferred)
        Back pack

    DOC will provide:

        Safety Hi-vis.
        Gloves and eye-wear if required.
        Drinking water and a snack.
        Fist-aid Kit.

    Contact Catherine Noble ( - 027 542-3683)  if you would like to register or if you have any questions.

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  • Echo Walking Festival - Secrets of Aongatete Forest

    April 7, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
    Aongatete Forest Project, 854 Wright Rd, Aongatete 3178, New Zealand

    This walk is family friendly and will take about 1 ½ hours.  Bring your little scientists along to discover the ‘Secrets of Aongatete Forest’. 

    Come on a guided walk into the forest, and learn about the special birds, plants and insects which are ‘Alive at Aongatete’ because of the pest control activities of the volunteer group.

    Especially suited to 8-12 year olds.

    A gold coin donation towards the cause would be greatly appreciated.
    Registration essential. Go to to register.

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  • Breakfast with the Birds

    April 20, 2018 @ 5:30 pm-April 21, 2018 @ 10:00 am
    Aongatete Outdoor Education Centre, 834 Wright Rd, Aongatete 3178, New Zealand

    Our annual Breakfast with the Birds event is moving to April. Besides the usual "Walk with the Weta" and "Dawn Chorus", this year a "Foray with the Fungus" will follow breakfast.

    Experiencing the intensity of the New Zealand bush at night then waking up to hear native birds in a rousing dawn chorus – this sounds like the kind of adventure few people get to experience. However for one night only in April anyone can enjoy such an encounter, led by scientists and environmentalists.
    The event is hosted in the Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park by the Aongatete Forest Project in the Aongatete Outdoor Education Centre, at the top of Wright Road in Aongatete.

    Breakfast With The Birds actually begins at night, with a forest walk where the wonders of the New Zealand bush are illuminated by both torches and science.

    The event is just $40 a head and includes dinner,accommodation, guided walks and – of course – breakfast. Children over eight years old are welcome.

    If you wish to attend Breakfast With The Birds please email for full details.

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