Conservation Week – Free Events
Love your backyard and make a difference this Conservation Week. That’s the message from the Department of Conservation (DOC) encouraging locals to help protect and nurture our amazing and unique wildlife.
At Aucky Walky Tours, we share with visitors what the Department of Conservation (DOC) does to protect New Zealand’s natural beauty. Visitors are attracted to our country for this very reason. From restoring our endangered species, to protecting our special places and providing access to remote walks and places, the DOC has a massive mandate.
Conservation Week runs until October 22nd and this year the Department of Conservation (DOC) is trying to get people to convert their love of nature into action.
There are more than 85 events happening all around Auckland and our pick of the free events include:
• An insider’s guide to Auckland’s Dolphin Explorer Safari (Sat 21st and Sun 22nd October – mornings). Did you know you can see whales and dolphins right on Auckland's doorstep? Join the crew aboard the research vessel Dolphin Explorer at its berth over Labour Weekend. This is the perfect place to channel your inner marine biologist! Check out the marine research and conservation that is happening right here in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. Inspect the captain's tech gear including VR, hydrophones and more!
• A close encounter with our Hauraki Gulf DOC Rangers (Fri 20th at 3pm and Sat 21st October at 8am). Meet the Rangers down at Westhaven Marina where they’ll share their plans about keeping the Hauraki Gulf islands pest free. The Tamaki Makaurau/ Auckland DOC Boat the Taikehu will also be at the Marina.
• Fort Takapuna Tours (Sun 22nd October at 11am and 1pm). The Russians are coming! Or so we thought in the late 1800s. New Zealanders were afraid that the Russian navy would attack, these were known as the ‘Russian war scares’. As a precaution, a chain of forts was built around the coast and amongst the most elaborate of these was Fort Takapuna,built in 1886 and armed with two big guns. There were underground storage bunkers and accommodation for the soldiers. The fort has been restored by the Department of Conservation and tour/s will explore the maze of underground tunnels and rooms and tell some of the stories of this fascinating place. Meet at Fort Takapuna in the car park in front of the fort.
Check out the details and other Conservation Week events here #conservationweek #lovemybackyard
Content adapted in part from DOC site.