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This is a unique opportunity to visit and work on two of New Zealand’s iconic islands the Snares and Codfish/ Whenua Hou. You will work with a small DOC team to catch and transfer the endangered Snares Island snipe, as well as assist with a range of other tasks. Experience literally millions of seabirds and thousands of penguins as well as a range of birds found no where else in the world.

No visitors are allowed on the Snares, and they've never been inhabited so this is a unique opportunity to see nature as it was without humans. You will not be disappointed.

This trip will take place from 14th - 21st of December 2012, you will need to be in Invercargill on the 13th. You will need to be a bit flexible.

Moderate standard of fitness and agility required. You’ll need normal tramping gear – a list will be provided and there will be both day and night time work. Transport is by yacht and accommodation in a standard back country hut.

The trip would leave from Bluff, the successful bidder will need to accommodate themselves in Invercargill the night before departure for a team briefing and quarantine check.

All money from this auction will go to the Million Dollar Mouse fund – raising $1 million to eradicate mice off the Antipodes Islands and provide a safe habitat for the many animals and seabirds that rely on these islands. Mice, the last remaining pests, eat the eggs and chicks of the seabirds that breed on these islands.

Thanks to DOC for donating this item, and to the previous bidder who unfortunately can't make this trip and has re-donated this item. Amazing.
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  • Store location: Wellington City, Wellington, NZ

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