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 additional Toyota Kiwi Guardians sites in the Manawatu - Horowhenua area during the school holidays.
The three new sites are at the Manawatu Estuary near Foxton; the
Alice Nash Memorial Heritage Lodge Track at Apiti, north east of
Kimbolton; and the Papaitonga Scenic Reserve just south of
The Manawatu Estuary features mudflats, godwits, mud snails and
crabs, as well as the opportunity to explore the sandy beach.
Foxton Beach school children will participate in the opening of the
site from 10am on Thursday 13 April.
The Alice Nash Memorial Heritage Lodge Track leads to a hut - be
prepared for some uphill exertion to get there, but the views
across the Ruahine Ranges are well worth it.
Within Papaitonga Scenic Reserve is Lake Waiwiri, a dune lake
that provides an important sanctuary for recovering wetland
birds. There is also fungi, mosses and plants. At each site,
exploring children can find a code on the Guardian Post and enter
it on www.kiwiguardians.co.nz
to 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 nearly 6,000 participants.
"We are excited to be working with DOC on a project that
encourages Kiwi 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
With the three new sites in the Manawatu - Horowhenua opening
for the school holidays, the nationwide network now has 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: