Winter Volunteer Days 2021

  • Volunteering

Calling volunteers to help in our island restoration

Restoring the natural heritage of Rotoroa Island is a big job, and we’d love your help! We are offering a series of fun volunteer days on our island sanctuary and the chance to help in our restoration programme.

Will you help us ensure this wildlife sanctuary continues to prosper? 

DATES: Choose from the dates below
TIME: 8:45am - 5:15pm
COST: Just cover your ferry ticket
BOOKINGS: Register for the event PLUS book your ferry ticket on Fullers360 website. 

Sunday 3rd October 2021 - Coastal Clean-up
Come and help remove marine debris from our stunning beaches. Family friendly. Suitable for ages 5yr+

Register for 3 October - Coastal Cleanup 

Sunday 8 August 2021 - Painting at Cemetery - postponed to Sat 13 Nov (raindate 14 Nov)
The historic cemetery on Rotoroa Island has one of the breathtaking views. We are looking for volunteers who can assist us in enhancing our little cemetery. Task includes painting. Suitable for ages 13yr+.

Register for 13 November - Painting at Cemetery 

Sunday 5 December 2021 - Track Maintenance - postponed to Sunday 5 December 
Visitors to the island experience the best of our planting with over 6km of fabulous walking tracks and plenty of places to explore. Our plants are growing incredibly well, but they still need some pruning to keep the tracks enjoyable. That’s where we hope you come in! We need 20 people to prune and clear the tracks at the same time as exploring the island. Suitable for ages 13yr+.

Register for 5 December - Track Maintenance 


Day Plan:
8:45am Volunteers depart on Fullers360 ferry from Quay St. 
10:00am Arrive on Rotoroa, welcome and biosecurity briefing;
10:30am Volunteer task demonstration & gear distributed
11:00am - Restoration work begins
12.30pm - Break for lunch Time to explore the island
3:00pm  - Sausage sizzle/ Tea & Coffee
5:15pm Ferry departs for Auckland

What to bring:
Your lunch and plenty of water to drink;
sturdy footwear (no open toed shoes);
several layers of clothes and wet weather gear;
sunscreen and sun hat;
gardening gloves if you have them.
If you require any medication, please bring it with you (especially if you are an allergy sufferer); staff will have a basic first aid kit only.

What we'll provide:
Gloves (please bring your own if you have them); tea, coffee, hot chocolate and water; supervisors with plenty of interesting stories and good humour! Plus we'll put on a sausage sizzle.

How to book:

Register for the event PLUS book your ferry ticket on Fullers360 website, or call Fullers360 on 09 307 8005


While unlikely to cancel unless terrible weather, here's how you can be sure it's going ahead. Check on this page or Facebook page where we'll post a cancellation notification.

If you are unsure, please call the island's duty phone on the morning of the volunteer day: 09 283 0849.

Biosecurity Information
Rotoroa Island is a predator free sanctuary; before you visit please:

- Check your bags thoroughly for rodents, insects (especially ants) and other pests prior to boarding the ferry
- All bags must be SEALED - plastic bags, open top bags and supermarket bags are easy for pests to access so please leave these at home
- Carry food in sealed, rodent proof plastic containers and take your rubbish home
- Check your footwear is clean and that there is no soil or seeds in laces or treads
- Leave your bicycle at home and if you're bringing a buggy, make sure your tyre treads aren't packed with dirt or insects