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 Public Volunteer Day

Sunday October 4th 2015 – Join us on one of our public volunteer days.

A successful planting season has ended thanks to the wonderful help of a large number of hard working volunteers.

We need help with nursery work and weed busting. Help us rid the island of invasive exotic plants or help us propagate seedlings for next winter's planting season.

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 and join us on the island! Check out Volunteer Days for future dates and information.


We have 6 public volunteer days scheduled for the rest of 2015: October 4, 18, November 1, 15, 29 (numbers limited), December 6, 20

Make sure you book in early – especially if you are organising a group. Email: