There are restoration activities happening all around New Zealand.
Third Wednesday of the month: Spend the day with a DOC ranger, working on a variety of projects including weed control, planting and habitat manipulation.
Ongoing/dates vary: Find out how you can get involved in the restoration project on part of Urupukapuka and Moturua islands in the eastern Bay of Islands.
Ongoing/dates vary: Volunteer on Te Hauturu-o-Toi/Little Barrier Island, helping with a variety of tasks including weed control and general maintenance.
Dates vary: This volunteer opportunity is now full for the coming season.
Programme is full until January 2018: Volunteers are needed to help maintain the pest-free wildlife sanctuary on Tiritiri Matangi Island.
Monthly on a Wednesday: Come along to help DOC rangers and community groups enhance local gems in Tauranga and Rotorua.
Ongoing/dates vary: The Manawatu volunteer programme offers a small selection of projects for people looking to get involved with conservation work in their community.
Ongoing/dates vary: Help restore the forest and wildlife in Tararua Forest Park with Project Kaka.
Ongoing/dates vary: Find out about volunteer opportunities at Pukaha Mount Bruce.
Ongoing/dates vary: Volunteers are sought to help control the exotic plant Spanish heath in the Tauherenikau Valley in the Wairarapa.
Ongoing/dates vary: Volunteer and help with conservation on Kapiti Island, one of New Zealand’s most significant nature reserves.
Ongoing/dates vary: Located in Te Whanganui-a-Tara/Wellington Harbour, Matiu/Somes Island Scientific and Historic Reserve is a tranquil retreat for wildlife and visitors.
First Monday of every month: Get together once a month to help nurture and raise native plants.
Every second Tuesday: Buller conservation volunteers meet every two weeks, year round, to work on a variety of interesting conservation projects.
Ongoing: Volunteer to protect and restore native vegetation along the Orokonui estuary in Waitati.
October - November 2017: Join DOC for a day out to restore habitat for New Zealand’s native freshwater fish species along the lower Clutha River/Mata-Au catchment.
16 - 20 November 2017: Take part in vegetation control and track maintenance on Pigeon Island, a scenic recreation reserve with magnificent views of Mount Earnslaw.
20 - 25 November 2017: Volunteers will take part in historic restoration work on the old Southland Ski Club hut.
12 - 16 February 2018: Volunteers will carry out maintenance on the historic water race in the Piano Flat area, the only known operational water race in Southland.