April–July 2018: Applications are invited for volunteers to assist with maintenance. This programme is suitable for Duke of Edinburgh Gold residential placements.


The volunteer programme on Kawau Island in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park gives you an opportunity to become involved in the maintenance of the historic reserve gardens, tracks and valley.

Individual opportunity – General maintenance (5 days)


Assist with the maintenance of the Kawau Island Historic Reserve and the exterior of Mansion House.

Tasks include:

  • Beach clean ups
  • Raking and composting autumn leaves
  • Removing palm fronds from pathways
  • Raking tracks
  • Spreading gravel
  • Washing down the gazebo
  • Fertilising the lawn
  • Clearing encroaching grass from sides of Coach Road
  • Vegetation control and rubble removal from around incinerator

A minimum of two and a maximum of five volunteers are required per trip.


  • 16–20 April 2018 1 space available
  • 23–27 April 2018 1 space available
  • 9–13 July 2018

What to bring

A full gear list will be provided once you have booked a placement.

What to expect as an individual volunteer

We are looking for volunteers with enthusiasm and a can do attitude. A low-medium level of fitness is acceptable, but medium-high will ensure a more enjoyable experience.

Expect a minimum of 6 hours work each day. This leaves free time to swim, fish, and explore.

Transport/cost: Return ferry fare of $30.00 (this is a discounted rate for volunteers)

Experience required: If you have gardening, building, or other practical skills and experience let us know and we will tailor tasks to suit if possible.

How to apply

Register your interest at least four weeks before the trip date.



Mahurangi / Warkworth Office
Phone:   +64 9 425 7812
Address:   Unit 12
30 Hudson Road
Full office details

Group/corporate volunteer opportunity (1 day)


Is there a group of you wanting to volunteer on Kawau Island?

We have opportunities for a limited number of groups to volunteer for a day with us. There must be a minimum of four people and a maximum number of 20 people.

Tasks depend on the time of year and the ranger's work programme. Typical tasks include:

  • Gardening maintenance
  • Beach clean ups
  • Track and general maintenance
  • Clearing leaves and silt from the road and track side drains
  • Infrastructure cleaning (gazebos, signs etc)

Planning and organising your trip

Contact us about possible opportunities. We will discuss:

  • How many people in your group
  • What you're hoping to get out of the day
  • If you're bringing children with you
  • Your team’s expectation

What to expect for group/corporate opportunities

Experience: No special skills required.

Fitness required: Low to medium.

Transport/cost: Ferry from Sandspit, or charter a vessel for larger groups.

Car/bus parking: Parking is available at a cost at Sandspit.

Facilities available: Public toilets, shelter for small groups, coffee/tea making facilities may be available, cafe may be open (cafe runs seasonally).

What to bring

Your team will need to bring their lunch, snacks, water, sunscreen and sunhat, raincoat, togs and towel in summer. Wear sturdy footwear (tramping boots, steel-capped boots or gumboots) and clothing covering arms and legs is recommended.


To find out more or to discuss your volunteer day contact Michelle.

Phone: +64 9 422 3627

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