From the bustling city of Wellington, we catch a ferry to Picton.
Morning comes and we hike up a steep incline with spectacular views to begin our project!
Our goal is to clear a track through the dense bush in order to catch a lone possum that endangers the island's fragile ecosystem. Australian possums are invasive pests that thrive in the New Zealand climate, killing trees and destroying the native forest. The process of preparing the area for trapping could take up to four weeks, and similar possum-removal projects have cost millions of dollars.
“Of all of our work, this is our number one priority. There are not a lot of places where you can take a one hour boat trip and encounter so many endangered species. For the DOC this is very important work… it is an absolutely massive help.”