people looking at a tray of water at Bullock Creek

Get Your Feet Wet – Water Science

Day: Postponed due to bad weather new date TBC
Time: 3.30pm-5pm
Location: Bullock Creek out the front of the Library

What to bring:
– Sturdy footwear
– Water bottle

We need your help!

Come along and help us keep an eye on the health of our local streams. It’s all about having fun, hands on learning, and making a positive impact on our waterways.

There will be games and snacks.

lake wanaka clarity testing

Out on the Roto (lake)
Monthly visual clarity testing

Day: Monday 22nd April
Time: 4-5pm
Location: Waterfall Creek
Day: Monday 29th April
Time: 11am-12pm
Location: Bremner Bay

Next dates: Every month between 20th-30th of the month, keep an eye on this page for updates each month.

Come and learn about visual clarity on the lake/roto. Our trained volunteers head out between 20th-30th of each month to take visual clarity measurements with a simple tool called a secchi disk.

Email if you would like to be trained, we do this every month! If you would like to learn more about secchi disks and why water clarity matters, click here. A Secchi disk is available at the Wānaka I-site.

planting trees with WAI wanaka

Kirimoko Planting Morning
Monthly community session

Day: 23rd April
Time: 11am-1pm
Location: Kirimoko bike trails

This month is a change from our usual plant maintenance, join us and the WORD bike crew to plant 250 trees!

What to bring:
– Gloves
– Sturdy footwear
– Water bottle
– Friends and whānau – many hands make light work!

The Kirimoko Catchment Group is a group of passionate neighbours working to improve biodiversity around the kirimoko trails, these monthly sessions are a great chance to meet people in your community, have a laugh and pull out some weeds. See the flyer here.

Supported by:
Bike Wānaka | Southern Ventures | Wānaka Backyard Trapping | WAI Wānaka

Lakefront Clean-up, Dino Park
Monthly lakefront clean-ups

Day: 24th April
Time: 1pm-3pm
Location: Dinosaur Park – look for the WAI flag.

Join us for monthly lakefront clean-ups! All of the rubbish is sorted, counted, and uploaded to the Keep New Zealand Beautiful Upstream Battle programme.

Next dates: The last Thursday of each month, check this page for a different location each month!

With Wanaka Kids Club!
There are very few details known about litter – for example where it comes from (and how much) or what exactly is making its way from the land to our waterways. Through our Upstream Battle programme we hope to get a better picture of what’s going on.

What to bring:
– Gloves
– Sturdy footwear
– Water bottle
– Friends and whānau

Photo Monitoring at the Boardwalk

Day: Any day, we need at least one photo per month
Time: Daylight hours
Location: on the grassy knoll just before the Grebes boardwalk

The Wānaka Fluker Post is located next to the Te Ara Wānaka Boardwalk (past the Dinosaur Park).

Download the Fluker Post app and begin your journey as a citizen scientist.

WAI Wānaka facilitated the installation of the first ever Fluker Post in Aotearoa!

Fluker Posts are wooden posts that act as photo points installed at strategic locations in the environment. No camera is left on a Fluker Post. Instead, people walking past use the Fluker Post app on their phone to take a photo of the given scene.

This simple system of repeat photography provides valuable long term habitat restoration data.

boardwalk fluker post wanaka


World Water Day 2024 with WAI Wanaka - people taking interest in learning about local waterways with a WAI volunteer


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