View from ranger house on Motutapu looking towards Rangitoto
Image: Leani Oosthuizen | DOC


Applications are invited for Friday–Monday volunteering to support rangers with mahi on Rangitoto and/or Motutapu.

2022 and 2023 dates

When applying you will be asked to state your preferred date:

  • 9–12 September 2022
  • 21–25 October 2022 (5-days that include Labour Day)
  • 18–21 November 2022
  • 9–12 December 2022
  • 13–16 January 2023
  • 17–20 February 2023
  • 10–13 March 2023
  • 21–25 April 2023

We will only contact you when we can offer you a place.

What to expect

Fitness required: High – capable of comfortably walking with a pack over rugged, uneven ground for up to 6 hours. 

A volunteer workday is 6 hours long. Arrival and departure days 2–3 hours.

You will assist the rangers with whatever activities they need help with. Some examples include cleaning, weeding, painting, infrastructure and/or track maintenance, biosecurity or biodiversity monitoring.

Outside of your working hours you are free to explore the island.

Transport: Transport to and from the island by the DOC boat Taikehu from either Bayswater or Okahu Bay.

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


Your accommodation will be in Hukunui house. This will be booked for you free of charge. This is a shared house, and you will be expected to help with daily clean up duties.

Predator-free motu

Rangitoto and Motutapu are mammalian-pest free

  • All foodstuffs must be placed into rodent and insect proof containers.
  • Use containers such as fishbins, chilly bins, or barrels with lids.
  • Plastic or cloth supermarket bags, or similar are not secure enough to ensure that insects or rodents are not able to climb in.
  • All bags taken to the island must be able to be completely closed.
  • Your boots, clothing and packs must not be carrying any dirt or seeds through which new species of weeds or disease could be introduced to the island.
  • Use DOC's biosecurity checklist to assist you when you are cleaning and packing your gear.
  • Contact us if you are uncertain or have any questions about biosecurity.

How to apply

Complete the Rangitoto–Motutapu volunteering application form.

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