Our meeting place, at the Ranger Station
Volunteers gather here, and after the morning's task return to enjoy a hot sausage, drink, and chat before leaving for home.
We meet behind the rangers house at the Cascades 9am on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays, and 9.30am on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month.
Notification of Sessions:
Each week a "Next Day" email bulletin is sent out to the volunteers, giving the time and date for the next weekend session, and setting out the tasks planned. The bulletin also contains general news on the progress of Ark activities. Click here to see the latest ones. If you want to be put on the list to receive these, contact our volunteer coordinator.
Cancellations: occasionally sessions are cancelled, and this is communicated via "Next Day" email bulletins. If you are planning to come for your first time, but are not yet on the bulletin mailing list, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator to ensure a session is scheduled for that day.
Directions: Drive through Swanson and continue on to the start of the Scenic Drive. Take the Te Henga Road turn-off (clearly marked), then take Falls Road, the first road on the left. Drive past the golf club house and come to a shed which is a good place to leave your car (protection from flying golf balls). Then walk across a bridge to our green shed behind the rangers house.
Click here for a map showing our location.
Old leggings and a long sleeved top or raincoat can be useful, and gardening gloves to protect your hands. Bring a drink and a snack for along the way.
Just turn up as you like. You will always be with at least one other person who knows what we are about.
Alternative arrangements: 'owned' lines
Our weekend sessions, being informal and impromptu, involve a certain amount of delay, as the session coordinator assesses who has arrived, forms them into parties of two or three, and allocates them to suitable lines. For most of our volunteers this approach is preferred, as a relaxed and sociable way to undertake weekend activities, but if you want to minimise time spent in preparations, or if your schedule doesn't allow you to turn up on weekends, you can arrange to 'own' a line. This means you commit to baiting a particular line, but make your own arrangements and do it at a time suitable to you. Click [here] to see a map of lines which are currently maintained in this way.
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