Our Achievemements

Some of the varied achievements by Project Tongariro (Tongariro Natural History Society) and its members in recent times are:

  • Completed the re-vegetation of the Lord of the Rings film sites on Mt Ruapehu
  • Blue Duck (Whio) Survey over 65 rivers
  • Completed a 3 year weed project (broom-pulling) at the site of old Whanganui Bridge SH47
  • Ongoing flora monitoring and propagation
  • Rotopounamu/Mt Pihanga forest Restoration Project (year 6)
  • Published books about various aspects of the park including history, geology and botany, plus historical reprints
  • Held events in the park to raise the profile of the Society and the unique environment — eg Kite Flying and Land Rover Tussock Traverse (mountain run)
  • Continues to play a key role in the annual summer nature programme of walks and talks in TNP
  • Coordination of all conservation volunteers in the national park
  • Organises an annual programme of conservation activities for Society members and other volunteers in conjunction with DOC including walks and activities including visits to other areas such as White Island, Kapiti etc
  • Project Tongariro volunteers consistently contribute around 750 to 800 volunteer days annually
  • Has distributed a Project Tongariro Memorial Award of $2000 (annually since 1992) to one or two students undertaking a significant research project relating to Tongariro National Park
  • Held lectures (National Library in Wellington and Whakapapa Visitor Centre) involving climate scientist Martin Manning, DoC scientist Harry Keys, and GNS volcanologist Gill Jolly —2008
  • Produced an educational resource for schools based on the 1995-96 eruptions (eruption to dam burst) - 2008
  • Established GPS locations for dozens of historic sites in and around TNP
  • Restored the historic Hapuawhenua Viaduct near Ohakune, 2006 — 2009 in partnership with DOC, (opened Feb 2009). Now working with with local organisation Ohakune 2000 to complete the Old Coach Road - a unique cycle/walking trail from Ohakune to Horopito.
  • William Salt historic 1920s photo exhibition at Taupo Museum — 2009
  • Ongoing restoration of the Waimarino wetland (a major willow eradication project near Motuoapa, Lake Taupo) in partnership with DOC and iwi — (year 4)