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 30th August 2015 – Join us for the next planting day of the 2015 season! There are only a few spaces left.

We have over 16,000 native trees to plant before the end of August so we need YOUR help!

There will also be nursery and weed busting work.

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 9 planting days scheduled for the 2015 season: May 3, 17, June 7, 21, July 5, 19, Aug 2, 16, 30

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