Seal colonies, bush railways, New Zealand’s largest mine, rainforest and limestone arches are some of the attractions at the Toyota Kiwi Guardian sites near Westport and in the Buller region.
Getting kids more connected to nature with FREE family-friendly, treasure hunt style activities at specific Department of Conservation sites encourages them to engage with the outdoors and, ultimately, earn themselves a medal for their efforts.
The seals congregate at Cape Foulwind near Westport where there is also a lighthouse, while Charming Creek at Ngakawau has an old railway to mining areas, with fantails and robins in the surrounding bush.
Denniston was once New Zealand’s largest mine and the Oparara Basin north of Karamea has sub-tropical rainforest with limestone arches and caves.
There are 46 other sites nationwide with a variety of activities, wildlife to see and native fauna and flora to be discovered.
Toyota Kiwi Guardians is a joint initiative between the Department of Conservation and Toyota New Zealand.
The goal of the conservation programme is to turn Kiwi kids into guardians of the land and sea.
Families can get started on their Kiwi Guardians adventure by downloading the appropriate “treasure hunt” map from: www.kiwiguardians.co.nz
Click on the Westport area of the map to find out the full details about the sites and then plan your adventure.