Our Achievements

Since the Trust was formed in 1994, dozens of sponsors and trusts, thousands of volunteers and hundreds of Friends have helped us achieve a long list of projects and complete a vast amount of conservation work in our collective drive to restore the island's habitats and native wildlife for future generations.

After much consultation the founding ""The Motutapu Restoration Working Plan"" was developed in 1994. Since then we have seen many achievements including:


Natural Landscape:

  • Seen the eradication of possums and wallabies from Rangitoto and Motutapu by the  Department of Conservation
  • Fenced off forest remnants on the coastal fringe and inland
  • Built a nursery to raise native plants on the island
  • Organised volunteers to plant over 500,000 native trees and plants on hillsides and wetlands
  • Achieved 95 hectares of planted native forest in 18 years and witnessed native plants having grown over seven metres tall
  • Rescued large areas of native forest from invasive weeds including moth plant, woolly nightshade and apple of Sodom with an intensive volunteer weed programme
  • Organised two pre-eradication bird surveys by Ornithological Society of New Zealand who recorded 27 native bird species including kereru, NZ dotterel, tui, grey warbler, variable oyster catcher (all indigenous)
  • Taken part in two pre-pest eradication reptile surveys
  • Fenced off 15 hectares of Central Gully to exclude stock
  • Funded contractors to make the initial assault on moth plant infestation in Central Gully
  • Celebrated in 2010 the eradication of seven remaining pests - ship rats, Norway rats, mice, rabbits, hedgehogs, feral cats, and stoats by the Department of Conservation
  • Delighted in the island being declared pest free in August 2011
  • Witnessed the natural return of the bellbird and kakariki to Motutapu - first sightings in over 100 years
  • Welcomed the first of many translocated endangered/severely threatened native species (takahe, tieke) in 2011, a programme that will extend out at least 10 years.
  • 2012 saw the release of the Coromandel brown kiwi, more takahe, more tieke, whiteheads, shore plover into the volunteer planted native forest of Home Bay

Cultural Landscape:

  • Identified and continue to protect archaeological sites
  • Commissioned a conservation plan for the historic military installations
  • Restored and interpreted some of the many military sites
  • Secured School House which provides a base for volunteers staying on the island
  • Commissioned a conservation plan for historic Reid Homestead in Home Bay
  • Restored the exterior and interior of the historic Reid homestead as a visitor and interpretation/education  centre
  • Upgraded and reopened the wharf at Home Bay to allow scheduled ferry sailings
  • Overseen the opening of  'Walk Motutapu' a network of walking tracks


Other achievements:

  • Built up a data base of more than 1,500 volunteers
  • Founded the ""Friends of Motutapu""
  • Launched the www.motutapu.org.nz website
  • Publish a newsletter twice a year
  • Publish a regualr emailed eNews to the contacts database
  • Instigated 'THE DUAL Motutapu-Rangitoto Traverse' - an annual multisport fundraising event - 50 km mountain bike ride, marathon and half marathon
  • Enjoyed support from a long list of sponsors and trusts