Applications for volunteering on Tiritiri Matangi are temporarily closed. This is because there is a large backlog of applicants and the need to rebook volunteers postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions.


This volunteer activity is fully booked until April 2022. We will only have places available from April 2022 except to fill cancellations.

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

When applying you will be asked to state your preferred date. The volunteer week begins on a Sunday.

What to expect

Fitness required: Medium – capable of comfortably walking with a 5 kg pack over uneven ground for up to 6 hours. 

A volunteer work day is only six hours long. Everyday you walk the tracks, check the water troughs and (seasonally) assist with the sugar water processing and distribution for the nectar feeding stations.

The rest of the time you will assist the rangers with whatever activities they need help with that week. Cleaning, weeding, painting, infrastructure and/or track maintenance are some examples. One afternoon you will clean and tidy the island Visitor Centre. Outside of your working hours you are free to explore the island.

You will not be directly working with wildlife: Your role on the island is to assist the rangers with General Maintenance tasks, while fortunate enough to be spending time amongst many of New Zealand’s endangered species. 

Transport: Transport to and from the island by ferry is provided at no cost by 360 Discovery Cruises:

  • Auckland Ferry Terminal, Central Downtown Auckland, Pier 4: 
    Departs from Auckland at 9.00am, arrives back in Auckland at 4.45pm.
    This is the best departure point if you are staying in Auckland but there is no free parking for your vehicle.    
  • Gulf Harbour Marina, Whangaparāoa (North of Auckland):
    Departs from Gulf Harbour at 9.45am, arrives back in Gulf Harbour at 3.45pm.
    There is space here to park your car for the week at no charge. 

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

Accommodation, facilities and gear list

Your accommodation will be in the island bunkhouse; this will be booked for you free of charge. This is a shared bunkhouse and you will be expected to help with daily clean up duties.  

Predator-free island

Tiritiri Matangi is a mammalian-pest free island:

  • 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

Applications are currently closed.

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