Situated in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park and linked by causeway to Rangitoto, Motutapu Island is New Zealand's best volunteering destination. Both islands were declared pest free sanctuaries in August 2011.

Volunteer work for The Motutapu Restoration Trust includes tree planting, weedbusting, nursery work and other volunteer activities. Only 30 minutes ferry ride from Auckland City, this project is the largest ecological restoration conservation endeavour in New Zealand.

Next Volunteer Day

Sunday 19th April 2015 – we will be doing nursery work and weed busting and we’d love your help! Treeplanting season starts in May - Vol days 3/17/31 May

The Fullers return ferry sailing from Home Bay will leave at 3.15pm, arriving back in the city around 4.30pm. Please book your volunteer day by email to or phone (09 522 0919) or text (0275 570 845). Space may be limited - make sure you register. Come join us on the island ! Check out Volunteer Days for future dates.


The planting season starts on Sunday 3rd May. We have 9 planting days scheduled for the 2015 season. Make sure you book in early – especially if you are organising a group. Email: