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Trapping at Tamahunga Track

28 Aug 2018 - 30 Nov 2018


Tuesday 28 August 2018, 8.00am - Friday 30 November 2018, 6.00pm

Currently once per month, but ideally every fortnight


Mt Tamahunga – between Matakana and Pakiri

Trap lines start from different places. A map will be provided

There is no public transport, so you need to be able to drive to the track unless you live close enough to walk!



Tamahunga Trappers formed in 2010 and are a group of volunteers who carry out pest control on Mt Tamahunga, in north-east Rodney, to improve the survival of native species in the forest. Group members check and re-bait traps on a roster.

What's Involved?

  • We have a roster of who is doing which line and when (so you can get cover if needed).
  • Trap checking can be done by individuals or a small group. Most lines are suitable for fit families. Three lines are on public walking tracks, others are off the track.
  • The trap lines are all loops and take between 2–4 hours to walk around, depending on catches, fitness and how often you stop to look at other things.
  • The traps need to be cleared of any catch (tongs provided!) and re-set, then the information recorded on ‘Walk the Line’.
  • A reasonable level of fitness is required, as at least half the walk is uphill, but you can take your time. There are traps every 100m so you get plenty of rest breaks!
  • Our safety plan requires you to have a contact who knows what time you’ll be in and out of the bush, and which line you’ll be doing. One of the trappers usually does this by text and checks up on anyone late!

What We Provide

  • Tools for the job: You collect tools from a specified location and return them after you’ve finished the trap line.
  • Maps for locating the trap lines.
  • Training: You will partner with an experienced member of the group for your first visit, who will show what to do and how to do it.
  • Annual trap maintenance – help with cleaning and oiling the traps for the new season.

What To Bring

  • Tracks can be slippery, so sturdy footwear is essential. Boots are usually the best and are a must in winter.
  • You’ll need a small pack for eggs, tools, snacks & water, plus other bits you may want to take (parka, gourmet lunch, binoculars etc).
  • A charged cell phone.
  • If you have a PLB (Personal Locator Beacon), please bring it.
  • We ask trappers to provide the eggs to re-bait the traps (between 24 & 34 eggs are needed) but let us know if this would be a problem and we can probably help.