Tongariro Times November 2017


Tongariro Times November 2017

Need an excuse to get out and about this summer?  
Get involved here and *get rewarded!*

Upcoming events:

The Goat Adventure Run - Saturday 2nd December 2017


This is a rather brutal annual running event (in the nicest possible way of course!) which has a 20km event course.  The event is incredibly popular with trail runners and adventure seekers all over the country and the capacity field of 600 usually sells out within 24-48 hours of the event entries going on sale.  

Project Tongariro Volunteers traditionally marshal this event and a minimum marshal criteria has been set to ensure that those out marshaling the peripheral marshaling points on course are competent as this is a 'gnarly' event!  

We also need volunteers who are keen to help out at the start (at Whakapapa Ski Area) and the finish (at Turoa Ski Area), finish line helpers and BBQ cooks.  We usually provide a minimum of 16 volunteers. Please email or ring me if interested and I can provide you with further information. Accommodation for Fri & Sat nights is available, as well as a packed lunch for Saturday, and the after-event-prize giving & dinner tickets in Ohakune.

Get in quick and email me to reserve your spot by Friday 25th November, to view this epic event up close!

Mahi Aroha Summer Nature Programme - Project Tongariro led events; 

Kite Day Monday 1st January 2017 and Lake Rotopounamu guided walk Tuesday 2nd January 2017

Project Tongariro (PT) has been a part of this iconic event for over 40 years - helping DOC prepare and present this exciting calendar of events and activities special to Tongariro National Park and the central plateau.   PT leads around 6 events each year and this coming summer we need volunteer help for Kite day (held on Monday 1st January 2017) and Discover Lake Rotopounamu walk (held on Tuesday 2nd January 2017).

Kite Day:

Kite day is the first event on the Mahi Aroha Calendar and an wonderful family event.  It's held on the iconic Chateau Tongariro Golf course on new year's day and we are joined by the NZ Kite Flyers Association who bring along an awesome array of kites depicting dragons, sea creatures and much more.  The photo opportunities on a fine day are spectacular.  Project Tongariro also offers paper kite making kits for a gold coin donation.  These have proved very popular and easy to fly.  This year we have decided to try out a theme - one of ‘flight’.  Marie from DOC will be sourcing life-sized displays of birds with interesting information and conservation messages.  Kids will be encouraged to compare their arm spans with that of some iconic NZ birds.

Volunteer Duties involved in Kite Day:  

  • Help Kiri bring all materials and equipment needed for the day up to Whakapapa (before the end of December)

  • Provide assistance in promoting our event (through FB and traditional media outlets)

On-the-day duties;

  • Pick up and tow the Turangi Blue Light BBQ trailer up to Whakapapa VIllage on 1 Jan

  • Help set up big DOC marquee and bbq area on the Whakapapa golf course

  • Assist/ encourage and inspire kids / families at the kite making table

  • Run the fundraising BBQ

  • Face painting  

  • Fly the flag for Project Tongariro - talking to people about us and encouraging conservation participation

  • Liaise with DOC, Chateau Tongariro and NZ Kite Flyers Association who will also be there on the day

  • Pack up around mid-afternoon

In total we’re looking for a team of around 8 -10 people for this day.  Please reply email before Friday December 9th if you are interested.

Discover Lake Rotopounamu:

The Mt Pihanga - Lake Rotopounamu forest restoration project has been running for over 12 years and we are very proud of the progress it has made.  This is a very special area of Tongariro National Park and is widely considered one of the hidden gems of the area.  We host a guided walk around the lake and provide a hot tasty BBQ lunch on long beach where we get an opportunity to get into the nitty gritty details of the restoration and successes.  We’re looking for people to come and join us - you don’t need to be an expert - just passionate and happy to ‘infect’ others with the joy of this special place.

Let me know here by Friday 9th December if you’re keen to come and help out! 

Visit the website for the whole calendar here


Tussock Traverse - Saturday 27 January 2018

Project Tongariro is proudly the ‘charity partner’ for this event and we do exceptionally well out of it!  Project Tongariro provides all the marshals for this event and we have 14 marshal points to fill (approx 28 people) plus more volunteers for jobs such as manning the BBQ, Drinks tent, bus car parking etc.

We believe the ethos of this event resonates with many participants who are drawn to it because it offers not only an alpine adventure run / walk in a World Heritage Area, it also is the opportunity to be involved with an event that gives back to the environment which it is staged in.

This event has been running for 14 years now, and returning marshals have their favorite spots, so if you’ve developed a ‘love’ of a particular spot, let me know soon!!  I’d like to keep everyone happy!!

The course for the Tussock event follows the 'Round the Mt track' starting near the Tukino Ski Field, heading north following the track past Waihohonu Hut and the spectacular Tama Lakes, finishing 26km later at the Grand Chateau, Whakapapa Village.  We provide marshals for all 14 marshal points (28 people) plus more volunteers for jobs such as manning the BBQ, Drinks tent, bus car-parking etc.

The event-crew really look after our volunteer marshals, and accommodation is offered on the Friday and Saturday nights, along with a packed lunch for Saturday and after-function-dinner tickets.  Those who are first time marshals will be required to attend the safety briefing on the Friday evening prior to the event.

Once again - contact me here if you're interested, or can commit now!  

Roel Michels