MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS, New Zealand — The Department of Conservation is offering the chance to stay for free at three Marlborough Sounds beachside campsites this summer in return for looking after the sites and other campers.
DOC has put out a call for volunteer camp hosts at its Camp Bay, Cowshed Bay and Kenepuru Head campsites.
“It’s a great opportunity for a cheap holiday and a chance to make the most of the beautiful Marlborough Sounds,” said DOC ranger Wendy Sullivan.
There are a number of opportunities depending on what suits. People fancying a short break could camp at the aptly named Camp Bay. Hosts are needed for two weeks at a time at Camp Bay.
“Volunteers hosts should have their own camping gear and be comfortable meeting and talking to visitors, collecting fees, keeping the campsite clean and keeping the toilets and cooking shelter in order. DOC will provide transport from Picton to Camp Bay, which is only accessible by boat.
“Those with a campervan or caravan could be hosts at Cowshed Bay or Kenepuru Head. These two larger campsites have road access and we are ideally looking for people who are willing to stay for one to two months.”
As well as getting free camping, volunteer camp hosts will be offered $50 a week towards groceries by DOC.
Anyone interested in being a camp host at these campsites should email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the DOC Picton office on +64 3 520 3002.
Sullivan said people looking to be hosts should be fit and healthy, good with people and ideally would be First Aid certified.
SOURCE: Department of Conservation press release