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 December 6th 2015 – Join us on one of our public volunteer days.

Over the summer season we need volunteers working in the nursery or weed busting. Help us rid the island of invasive exotic plants or propagate seedlings for next winter's planting season.

Volunteers are also required to help host visitors in the Reid Homstead.

The Fullers return ferry sailing from Home Bay will leave at 4.15pm, arriving back in the city around 5.30pm. Please book your volunteer day by email: 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 3 public volunteer days scheduled for the rest of 2015: November 29th (bookings are now closed due to transport restrictions), December 6, 20 (the final volunteer day of 2015, Dec 20th, will finish with a festive shared afternoon tea)

Public Volunteer Days for 2016 are: January 17, February 7,21, March 6,20, April 3, 17

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