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

The recent stormy weather has caused serious damage to Motutapu with slips occuring on the roads and hillsides. DOC has closed the island until further notice. This has delayed the start of our planting season. There will be some intensive planning to make the best of a bad situation and we will keep you posted! DOC are working hard to clear the slips and open the roads.

The next public volunteer day is Sunday May 28th. The planting season has been delayed due to damage to the island from Cyclone Debbie.


Public volunteer Days for 2017 are:  May 28, June 11, 25, July 9, 23, August 6, 20. Hopefully the planting season will open on May 14th.

Volunteers are required for nursery work. Experienced volunteers are needed for weed control. Volunteers are also required for tree planting from April 30th.

Volunteers are needed to help set up on the Saturday prior to each planting day. Dates are May 27, June 12, 24, July 8, 22, August 5, 19.

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 5.30pm (summer); 3.15pm and 4.30pm (winter). 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.

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