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

Our Summer Public Volunteer Days have started. However, if there is heavy rain prior to a public volunteer day the roads may be closed at short notice forcing a last minute cancellation. The island remains closed to visitors but is open for our public volunteer days.


The 2017 Spring/Summer Season:

The next public volunteer day is Sunday October 1st.  There will be  nursery work and spaces for experienced weeders. Volunteers who are keen to learn about weeding and come out regularly are also welcome.

Public volunteer Days for the rest of 2017 are: October 1, 15, 29, Noveber 12, 26, December 10

Volunteers are required for nursery work. Experienced volunteers are needed for weed control. Also volunteers keen to learn and come out regulary are needed for weed control.

Volunteers are also required to help host volunteers and visitors in the Reid Homestead over the summer.

The Fullers return ferry sailing from Home Bay will leave at 4.15pm in summer, arriving back in the city around 5.30pm and in winter at 3.15pm arriving at 4.30pm . Please book your volunteer day by email:, or phone or text 021 027 94591.

Space may be limited - make sure you register. Come and join us on the island! Check out Volunteer Days for future dates and information.

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