Here's a snapshot of the past week in Abel Tasman National Park, our South Island conservation project. Follow along with the photos below!

2,500 Kanuka trees and flax bushes planted


1860 - the year this London Plane tree was planted beside the driveway leading to our lodge, the historic Ngarata homestead


80 - the approximate age of this Kanuka forest; regrowth after being burned and cleared for farmland centuries ago. As Kanuka grows, it makes space on the forest floor for other vegetation, including large trees that will eventually overtake the Kanuka and cause it to die out. This is part of the centuries-long natural revegetation process.


10 meters - the tidal difference in some areas of Golden Bay; one of the largest in the world. This allows the rare beach crabs to survive long enough to sprout wings and join the prolific avian life in New Zealand.


7 - average number of layers worn to work at the planting site each morning


6 kg of muscle gained


5 degrees celsius and rainy during our 22km hike up Gibbs Hill on our free day but friendship kept us warm and happy!


3 fewer earthworms living in Abel Tasman


12 new environmental kaitiaki (guardians)


It's been a great week of hard work and learning about the environment here in New Zealand. We are all excited to head to Fiji tomorrow morning!

1 Comment

  1. Scott Pendleton

    1 good report!

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