Weekend sessions are held on Saturdays.We aim to get teams moving by 9am, so please arrive a little earlier to allow time for arrangements. Our weekend activities usually take until about 1pm and then we get together for a sausage sizzle.
Our meeting place, at the Ranger Station
Volunteers gather here, and after the session return to enjoy a hot sausage, drink, and chat before leaving for home.
Mid-week sessions are held on Thursday, starting at 8.30am (same meeting place). The Thursday activities are generally suitable only for people with some bush experience and at least average fitness. Times are more variable, and take usually a bit longer until about 2-3pm.
Notification of Sessions:
Each week an 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, subscribe by clicking here.
Cancellations: occasionally sessions are cancelled, and this is communicated via 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, then an equipment shed. Next is the Ranger’s house, and immediately after is the driveway into the Ranger station. Cars can be parked here and inside, with the exception of areas marked for Auckland Council use. Check with the Coordinator if in doubt.
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. Note that this is only available for fully experienced and fit volunteers.
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