Ongoing/dates vary: Volunteers are needed to help maintain the pest-free wildlife sanctuary on Tiritiri Matangi Island. Volunteer days can be organised for groups and corporate volunteers on Tiritiri Matangi Island.

Tiritiri Matangi Island is a conservation success story thanks to the involvement of thousands of volunteers planting trees and the successful transfer of endangered bird species.


Although the planting programme is now complete, volunteer involvement is still important to maintain this island sanctuary.

Tiritiri Matangi is located in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, to the east of Whangaparaoa Peninsula.

There are two volunteer opportunities available:

Individual opportunity (1 week)

Be one of two volunteers who assist the island rangers each week with a wide range of tasks from checking water troughs to weeding, beach clean ups and track work. Very little species work is available, but there are many opportunities to see the island's wildlife.


Volunteer programmes run for seven day blocks (Sunday to Saturday) every week of the year, except for three weeks over the summer holiday period.

What to expect

Accommodation: Well equipped bunkhouse.

Food: Bring your own. No supplies are available on the island. Please pack all food in rat, mouse and insect proof (sealed) containers.

Fitness required: Medium – capable of tramping with a pack 4-8 hours.

What to bring

You will receive an information pack including travel and gear requirements on confirmation of your placement.

How to book

Bookings in advance are essential. Register your interest.



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

Group/corporate opportunity (1 day)

Do you have a group of people wanting to volunteer on Tiritiri Matangi Island? DOC can tailor a volunteer day for any family, school, or corporate group.

Typical tasks include track maintenance, beach clean ups, weeding and general maintenance.


Volunteers are needed October to May.

Planning and organising your trip

You will need to fit in with the ferry timetable and the date must be agreeable with island rangers (Monday's and Tuesday's are not available).

There must be a minimum of 2 people, and a maximum of 15 people per group. Children may be welcome, depending on the task. Please discuss with the Island Ranger when organising your volunteer day.

What to expect

Fitness/skills required: Medium level of fitness, no special skills required.

Facilities available: Public toilets, shelter at wharf, Visitors Centre (free tea and coffee provided).

Transport/cost: Ferry from downtown Auckland ($66/return) or Gulf Harbour ($39/return).

Car/bus parking: Available at a cost at downtown Auckland ($70/return) or Gulf Harbour ($55/return).

What to bring

Volunteers should bring their own lunch, snacks, water, money for ferry, togs and towel, hat, sunscreen, and raincoat. Make sure you wear sturdy footwear, and clothes covering arms and legs.


For further information or to discuss and arrange a group opportunity, contact the Tiritiri Matangi Island ranger on +64 9 476 0920 or

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