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 August 21st 2016 - Planting Day. Join us on one of our public volunteer days. The next available planting day is 4th September as the August date is now full. However there are vacancies for volunteers wishing to work in the nursery. There are also spaces for experienced weed busters.

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

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:, or phone 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.


Public Volunteer Days for 2016 are: August 21, September 4, 18, October 2, 16, 30, November 6, 20, December 4, 18

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