August 17 2019


Rotoroa Island needs your help on its upcoming weed hunt and destroy mission. We’re giving volunteers a 40% discount on ferry tickets to be part of this vital weed-busting team!

Rotoroa is looking for 10 volunteers who are experienced gardeners, trampers and/or weeders.

The team will be focussing weeding efforts on the MaiMay Bay's forested coastal gully, so there will be a lot of climbing up steep banks in dense, tight vegetation and using cut n paste (a glyphosate based gel herbicide), pruning saws and loppers. 

There will be time at the end of weeding to explore the island, spot one of the island's endangered species and enjoy a chat over a sausage sizzle. 

What to book

  • To join the volunteer day, you must book your return ferry ticket for Saturday 17 August 2019.
  • Back up day Sunday 18 August
  • Enter the promo code 360111 to receive the 40% discount.

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Event details

    • 8:45am – Ferry departs Auckland
    • 10:00am – Arrive on Rotoroa, welcome and biosecurity briefing
    • 10:30am – Gear distributed and work begins
    • 12.30pm – Break for lunch
    • 1:00pm – Continue weeding work
    • 3:00pm – Time to explore the island, followed by sausage sizzle
    • 5:15pm – Ferry departs for Auckland

    Note:  Backup date will be Sunday 18th August

What to bring

  • Your lunch and plenty of water to drink

  • Tramping/hiking boots

  • Several layers of clothes (long sleeves and long pants essential) 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
  • Sausage sizzle
  • Supervisors with plenty of interesting stories and good humour

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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