Our Vision & Aims

"Breathing new life into an ancient landform"

Our vision is to restore the natural and cultural landscapes of Motutapu.

  • The natural landscape similar to that which existed on Motutapu after the Rangitoto eruption around 600 years ago.
  • The cultural landscape handed down by Maori, early settlers, farming and the military.

We are in the process of :

  • Restoring native ecosystems
  • Replanting several hundred hectares in native forest
  • Collecting and propagating seeds from indigenous plant stock
  • Protecting the growing volunteer forest from plant pests
  • Re-introducing threatened species of plants, birds, reptiles and invertebrates
  • Providing opportunities for volunteers to experience hands on conservation
  • Encouraging links with the wider Auckland community
  • Protecting and conserving the WWII gun emplacements and military sites
  • Developing the restored Reid Homestead as an interpretative visitor centre
  • Re-establishing Maori links with Motutapu through cultural activities
  • Protecting and interpreting the archaeological sites on the island
  • Facilitating life-long learning for all ages