What’s the benefit from combining your journey with voluntary work? Travelling in general, whether it’s to New Zealand or to another place, consumes resources and everyone who wants to explore the world should be aware of that. Most of the time you will have no choice but to travel by plane as your destination may be in a very remote area or in a very large country so that there is no reasonable way around the generation of greenhouse gasses. Moreover, you will also consume resources at your travel destination as you will do touristic activities, consume goods and produce trash.
By getting involved in some voluntary projects you will have the chance to give something back to the country of your destination. This will not diminish the effect of the resource-consumption but it will contribute to compensation. Whether it is the renaturation of destroyed habitats, the removal of invasive plants, the maintenance of national parks and infrastructure or the protection of endangered animal species – New Zealand’s manifold nature offers plenty of possibilities to contribute actively to nature conservation.
Due to its isolated location, New Zealand’s unique flora and fauna was able to develop in an undisturbed way for millions of years. Flightless birds like the kiwi or the kakapo, curious keas and majestic elephant seals, busy penguins or large groups of whales and dolphins are part of this amazing country as well as characteristic mountain sceneries, deep valleys, long fjords and ancient coniferous forests. In rainforests on south island seldom fern species are growing as well as the kauri tree that can reach an age of up to 2,000 years.