September 07 2019


Rotoroa Island needs your help with maintenance and pruning across the island's track network. They're looking for 20 volunteers, and we're providing a 40% discount off ferry tickets to help with this important work.

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Rotoroa Island has over 6km of fabulous walking tracks for visitors to explore. As part of the island's ongoing restoration programme, more than 400,000 native trees have been planted in the last 10 years. Their first planted canopy is now starting to connect and needs some pruning to keep the tracks enjoyable.

This track work and pruning activity is suitable for moderately fit people and is limited to just 20 volunteers.

There will time to explore the island and a sausage sizzle after the restoration work. 

While unlikely to cancel unless terrible weather, you will be able to check on Rotoroa Island's Facebook page where they will post a cancellation notification. If unsure, you can call the island's duty phone on the morning of the volunteer day: 09 283 0849. 

What to book

  • To join the volunteer day, you must book your return ferry ticket for Saturday 7 Sept 2019.
  • Enter the promo code 360111 to receive the 40% discount.

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Event details

  • 8:45am – Volunteers depart on Fullers360 ferry from Quay St
  • 10:00am – Arrive on Rotoroa, welcome and biosecurity briefing
  • 10:30am – Gear distributed and work begins
  • 12.30pm – Break for lunch
  • 1:00pm – Continue restoration work
  • 3:00pm – Time to explore the island, followed by sausage sizzle
  • 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 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

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

 Read more before you visit a pest-free island here

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