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DOC offers week of activities in the great outdoors

October 23rd, 2014
[DOC press release]

The Department of Conservation (DOC) is encouraging people to get out and about and enjoy the amazing world that is on their doorstep.

'Discover the world where you live' is the theme for this year's Conservation Week, from Saturday 1st to Sunday 9th November.

The Nelson Tasman region is full of great places and hidden treasures. With summer on its way it's a great time to get out and enjoy your favourite places, or discover some new ones. DOC has organised a few events to help make it easy.

An open day at the Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park from 12 noon to 5pm on Saturday 1st November gives people the chance to try out mountain biking, or pick up some tips and techniques from experienced riders.

The public can follow the park map and ride independently, or make a booking to join a free one-hour guided trip lead by an experienced rider. There are tracks for beginner, intermediate and advanced riders. A qualified technician will be providing free bike checks.

On Sunday 9th November there will be a fun afternoon tramp with DOC and Project Janszoon staff through the Canaan Downs area of Abel Tasman National Park to Wainui Hut. This is a safe and easy way to take your kids tramping. Bookings are required.

Another way to discover the world where you live is to take part in the Discovery treasure hunt. With five different versions, there is a treasure hunt to suit everyone, whether they prefer to explore online or in the mountains.

Entry forms will be available on the Conservation Week website and at the DOC Visitor Information Centre from Friday 24th October. These need to be completed by Monday 10th November to be in the draw to win great prizes.

The Big Beach Clean-Up also falls in Conservation Week this year, starting from 10am on Saturday 1st November. Around 50 beaches between Marahau and Cable Bay will be cleaned by teams of volunteers.

This event is run by DOC in partnership with Nelson City Council, Tasman District Council and Nelmac. Last year over 350 volunteers collected 3.5 tonnes of rubbish from a staggering 293 kilometres of beach.

Details of events are on the Conservation Week website www.conservationweek.org.nz

 



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