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Waikato gets its first Toyota Kiwi Guardians sites in time for Easter school holidays

By Wright Communications - 7 April 2017
Parents looking for “treasure hunt” like activities without the sugar overload of an Easter egg hunt can take their kids to three new Toyota Kiwi Guardians sites in the April school holidays.

The Waikato sites are at Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari near Cambridge, Lake Rotopiko/Serpentine near Ohaupo and the Bridal Veil Falls/Wairenga near Raglan.

Maungatautari features a variety of native bush and birds in the predator free environment, while Lake Rotopiko is a wetland - peat area and the Bridal Veil Falls is a spectacular 55m waterfall with a native forest walking track. At all three sites, there are Guardian Posts from which kids can take a code to enter into www.kiwiguardians.co.nz when they get home and claim a participation medal.

The programme to help children and their families explore New Zealand's great outdoors and to increase Kiwi kids' connection with the natural world across the nation has been going for just over a year and has had 7,000 participants.

"We are excited to be working with DOC on a project that encourages kids to conserve our natural environment and have fun doing it," said Toyota New Zealand CEO, Alistair Davis.

"Like DOC, Toyota is passionate about making it easy for families to have great experiences in our national parks and reserves and realise they are worth protecting."

Toyota Kiwi Guardians has been developed by the Department of Conservation in partnership with Toyota and local land owners and managers.

With the Waikato additions, the nationwide network is now 62 sites between Goat Island near Warkworth in the north and the Kepler Track in Fiordland in the Deep South.

Families can get started on their adventures today by visiting: www.kiwiguardians.co.nz

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