give back to the park

Project Janszoon has a wonderful team of volunteers who do everything from dune restoration and tree planting to possum trapping and kākā monitoring.
Volunteering is a great way to give back and see a different side to the Abel Tasman. There are lots of ways you can help. Check out some of the options below or register your interest here.


We are always looking for volunteers who are keen to spend a day in the park helping with weeding and planting.  It is a fun day out which usually focuses on the dune areas of the Abel Tasman.
Our restoration supervisor Helen arranges regular trips into the park. To register your interest contact [email protected]


If you would like to experience the forest at night when it springs to life, and are keen to work with rare and iconic carnivorous giant land snails why not volunteer to be part of our snail monitoring team.
Key requirements are the ability to work all night under moist and cold conditions, ability to walk off track, good vision, and a willingness to participate more than once or twice. Monitoring seasons are spring/early summer (Oct-Dec), for up to 5 nights near Wainui Hut and up to 5 nights near Harwood Hole (not consecutive). We pick survey nights around three days in advance depending on weather.
If you are interested in helping out, contact Ruth [email protected] 


The Abel Tasman Birdsong Trust services some of the trapping networks in the Park.
Volunteers get to spend regular time in the Abel Tasman between Marahau and Awaroa, walking trapping lines to check traps, record data and re-bait.  There are opportunities for people looking for a low impact outing through to those happy to walk more challenging routes. If you are interested in joining one of the teams contact [email protected]


After kākā releases we often need help to provide supplemental food outside the Wainui aviary for the birds. Providing regular food helps anchor them to the area.
Volunteers walk to the aviary (about 50 mins from Canaan Cottage), topping up food and cleaning the feeder outside the aviary, monitoring the amount of food eaten by kaka and engaging with visitors..
If you are interested in helping out, contact Rosemary [email protected]

Become a citizen scientist

Be our eyes and ears in the park.
Have you seen a weka during your visit? Or maybe a toutouwai/robin near the coast?
Share your sightings and help us help the wildlife.  Send us your bird (or even pest) observations via the ‘Have you seen this?’ section of the Abel Tasman Phone App.
Download the free app


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