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 June 19th 2016 - Planting Day. Join us on one of our public volunteer days. The next available day is June 19th. Spaces are filling up fast. Other dates are filling up too so book now!

Over the winter we need volunteers to help plant native trees out in the field. There will be a group of experienced  weedbusters working during the winter as well as a small team working in the nursery.

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

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: June 19, July 3, 17, 31, August 7,21, 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: