The Kingston community trapping group formed in September 2017 to protect one of the best tracks of native bush around Lake Wakatipu. In Kingston, we’re lucky enough to have easy access to the Te kere haka conservation reserve via the Shirttail track, the Te kere haka Track, and the Around the Mountains cycle trail, all of which is accessed at the far end of town. We use these trails to easily access our trapping lines. This area has a growing number of visitors, spectacular views, and most importantly, plenty of native wildlife which we are working to protect.
Here’s a snapshot of the flora and feathered friends we have here in Kingston:
- Lake front: Australasian Crested Grebe nest under the willow tree by the train, Scaup, Black Shags, Pied Oyster Catchers, White Faced Herons and Black-Billed Gulls
- In the bush: Tom Tits, Tui, Bell bird, Kereru, Piwakawaka, Waxeyes, Karearea (native falcon), Ruru (Morepork) and more
- Trees: Some stunning big old kowhai trees, tree fuchsia, beech forest, some amazing examples of large broadleaf, lancewood, five finger and pittosporum trees. We also have some rare Olearia trees.
We’re a team of local volunteers who enjoy going for afternoon walks in our stunning local area and trapping while we do it! We meet once a month as a group, but all have lines we’re assigned individually which we check regularly. On average we have 1-2 catches per week from our 34 traps, and we’re aiming to put another 5 out this year.
Kingston's trap lines are along in the Te kere haka conservation reserve via the Shirttail track, the Te kere haka Track, and the Around the Mountains cycle trail.
Traps currently in place and frequency of checking
29x DOC 200s - checked weekly
1x A12 - automated but checked every few days
1x A24 - automated but checked every few days
6x Trapinators - checked weekly
Usage of area
Kingston is a wonderful spot for walks along the lake front or up through the native
bush to the lookout for epic views over the town and Lake Wakatipu. The historic
Kingston Wharf and the Kingston Flyer carriages take pride of place on the lake front
which is a great spot for fishing, boating, kayaking, wake boarding and other water
sports. We also have a great golf course, the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail and
some awesome rock climbing, all of which take advantage of the beautiful views of
the native bush, and the birdsong.
- Always ensure our traps are checked regularly. Keep up the momentum and
- Encourage more community members to be involved
- Start making catches with our newly acquired possum traps/experiment with the
Contact person/s and details:
022 045 4401
We’re always happy to hear from more volunteers! Just get in touch.