Opportunities are available on Mansion House Reserve to work 1 day a month on the historic garden or 5 days on reserve maintenance.


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


Mansion House Gardening Club

We have a dedicated group of volunteers who help maintain the historic gardens at Mansion House, usually once a month on a Wednesday.

Volunteers work for about 6 hours on a range of gardening activities. They depart from Sandspit Wharf at 8 am and usually return by 4 pm. Dates and times may be subject to change due to weather or other circumstances.

2019 dates

  • 28 August
  • 25 September
  • 23 October
  • 27 November
  • 11 December

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

Fill out our online application form.

5-day volunteer programme

General maintenance


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

  • 13–17 April 2020

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

Fill out our online application form.

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

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