Conservation Week in the Wairarapa


Take a moment to celebrate and enjoy nature this Conservation Week 4–12 September 2021.

When Papatūānuku thrives, we all thrive.

So take a moment for nature, give your mind a break and feel connected to the world. It can be as simple as stopping to listen to birdsong, walking with the whānau or finding a fun online conservation activity to try.

Whatever you choose, make sure you take the time to unwind in nature this Conservation Week.

Here in the Wairarapa, we had a jam packed programme of amazing in-person events planned to celebrate Conservation Week, which have been put on hold for now. We’ll look at running some of these events later in the year.

The good news is, there’s still plenty of ways you can connect with nature at home or in your local neighborhood no matter the COVID-19 Alert Level is. Check out the Conservation Week Wairarapa Photo Competition below and links to other activities you can do at home.


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Wairarapa Photo Competition

Nature can be enjoyed no matter what level it is. Record your precious moments outdoors this Conservation Week, share it in the comments on our pinned Facebook post and be in to win!

We have lots of prizes to give away including Prezzy cards, family passes to Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre and accommodation at Te Kopi Lodge. Entries close on September 12.


Conservation Week Activities

Digital Treasure Hunt Competition

Find and answer the 10 questions hidden on the Department of Conservation website – each one you answer increases your chance to win!

Get involved with citizen science

It’s easy to contribute to conservation research with these citizen science projects.

Find out who lives in your garden

Make some chew cards to find out what’s living in your garden.

Nature activities for families at home

Easy, practical activities for getting outdoors with your family and spending time in nature while at home.

Kiwi Conservation Club activities

Forest and Bird’s Kiwi Conservation Club have a tonne of fun conservation activities you can do with your kids at home – from puzzles and games to scavenger hunts and guides for making your own tracking tunnels and traps!

Conservation Week in the Wairarapa is supported by:

Wairarapa Pūkaha to Kawakawa Alliance | Department of Conservation – Masterton Office | Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre | Masterton District Council | Carterton District Council | South Wairarapa District Council | Greater Wellington Regional Council | Enviroschools – Wairarapa | Wairarapa Earth School