Introduction

There are a few different types of volunteer opportunities on Kawau Island.

Highlights

The 5 day programme during school holidays is suitable for Duke of Edinburgh Gold residential placements.

 

Auckland inner islands volunteer programmes cancelled

This volunteer activity has been cancelled to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Mansion House Gardening Club

Tasks

Be a part of a dedicated group of volunteers who help maintain the historic gardens at Mansion House.

You'll get to work for about 6 hours on a range of gardening activities. This group departs from Sandspit Wharf at 8 am and usually return by 4 pm.

2020 dates

  • 26 February
  • 25 March
  • 22 April
  • 24 June
  • 29 July
  • 26 August
  • 30 September
  • 21 October
  • 25 November
  • 9 December

Dates and times may be subject to change due to weather or other circumstances.

What to bring

  • Tools are provided, but you may like to bring your own gardening gloves.
  • Lunch – you can also purchase food from the café during the summer months.

How to apply

Complete the Mansion House Gardening Club application.


5-day volunteer programme

Tasks

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

Tasks include:

  • track maintenance
  • spreading gravel
  • clearing drains
  • tidying and pruning vegetation from paths and tracks
  • washing or painting buildings or structures
  • beach clean-ups.

2020 dates

  • 6–10 July
  • 13–19 July
  • 28 September – 2 October
  • 5–9 October

What to expect

We're 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: 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.

What to bring: A full gear list will be provided once you have booked a placement.

How to apply

Complete the 5-day volunteer application.

Duke of Edinburgh student applicants should add the name of their school in the additional comments on the application form.


Kawau Island group volunteering

Tasks

General maintenance or restoration projects on Mansion House Reserve, Kawau Island. Everyone needs to have a moderate level of fitness.

Overnight opportunities may be available – maximum of 7 people.

2020 dates

  • 12 March
  • 28 May
  • 20 August
  • 12 November

Transport: Your group needs to arrange your own transport to the island.

What to bring:

  • suitable work clothes
  • lunch (we provide tea and coffee)
  • we have some work gloves – you're welcome to bring your own.

How to apply

Complete the Kawau Island group volunteer application.

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