Marlborough Mid-Week : July 23rd 2014
NEWS MARLBOROUGH MIDWEEK, JULY 23, 2014 9 Holiday dreaming: There are spots available for Department of Conservation camp hosts around Marlborough, including Whites Bay. Photo: SUPPLIED Spend holidays as camp hosts H This week Department of Conservation community relations ranger Clare Duston talks about their summer volunteer programme. ave you been thinking about your summer holiday plans lately? Dreaming of warmer weather? We have a bunch of opportunities for volunteers this summer that may well satisfy your desires to lie on a beach. No, we haven’t taken on conservation land in Fiji, but Marlborough does have its own share of excellent beaches and other locations that house Department of Conser- vation camp grounds, that are waiting for you to come and experience them. Applications have opened for volunteer camp hosts, for periods of one week to four months, at various locations, between October 24 and April 6. This is a great opportunity to stay for free at some of our most popular camp sites, in return for a few hours work each day. There are volunteer camp host positions available in many parts of the country, but it’s a great idea to see your own backyard first. Opportunities in the Marlbor- ough Sounds are available at Camp Bay, Cowshed Bay and Kenepuru Head. Closer to town we have Whites Bay and Marfells Beach, and then a bit further south at Cob Cottage on Molesworth Station. If you fancy sheltered waters, peace and quiet and enjoy time in a tent, then Camp Bay in Endeavour Inlet is for you. For sea views but accessibility by car or campervan, then go for Cowshed Bay or Kenepuru Head. All of these three campsites have opportunities for boating, fishing, and walking and moun- tain biking on the nearby Queen Charlotte Track. Whites Bay and Marfells Beach are two more stunning coastal locations, a little closer to Blenheim, both accessible by road but with quite different surroundings. Whites Bay is perfect for swimming and sandcastles, and Marfells is a wilder coast and a seafood-lover’s paradise. The Cob Cottage at Molesworth Station is for those with a hankering for the back country away from cell phones and shops. Typical camp host duties may consist of collecting camp fees, cleaning toilets, passing on information to visitors and liaising with DOC staff. These positions I TASTED THOSE APPLES & IF THEY WEREN’T GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME, WE DON’T SELL THEM BETTER TASTE, BETTER VALUE BETTER FOR SOLD WHILE IT’S FRESH PICKED AT ITS BEST BLENHEIM 20 GROVE ROAD STORE HOURS Mon to Fri 8am-6pm. Sat 8am-4pm. WWW.BENGEANDCO.CO.NZ YOU suit those who enjoy meeting new people, are practical and self reliant and have a love for our conservation areas. For more information the DOC website, doc.govt.nz, is a good place to start, and has a lot more detail about each camp host opportunity, and an online application form. On the site search ‘‘volunteer marlborough’’. ❚ For information about Sounds camp hosting, contact Wendy Sullivan at the Picton DOC office on 03 520 3002. For information about South Marlborough camp hosting opportunities, contact Clare Moore at the Renwick office on 03 572 9100.
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