Midweek Visits

Mid week volunteers are welcomed  and should contact [email protected]
or contact Ph 0800 668844 ext 0


The Trust runs a flexible midweek volunteer programme.  Whether you’re a corporate team looking for an excellent ‘volunteer day’ option or an individual wanting to make a difference, please contact Simon by email: [email protected]

Activities are season dependent, with tree planting from autumn to early spring with the rest of the year including; seed collecting, nursery tasks, bush reclamation (weeding),  track clearing, bird box building & installation and other relevant jobs.  Along with Trust guides we can tailor a day to fit with a wide variety of ages (5-80), fitness levels and experience.  The aim is to enjoy the beautiful island and contribute to its future.

A typical day starts at 9am with the ferry from pier Z, Westhaven.  Tasks from 10.30 until lunch (on a good day we’ll take the BBQs to the beach) and then either a few more jobs and/or guided walks, swimming or……just enjoying the island.  The ferry docks at pier Z at approximately 5pm. 

Motuihe Island FAQs

Welcome to the Motuihe island project – good choice.  The following should answer most questions relating to the day.

  • Where?
    • Motuihe Island sits between Rangitoto and Waiheke.The ferry ride of approximately 1 hour to the island
  • When?
    • 9am depart for the ferry. Activities will start around 11am.  Lunch around 1pm with the ferry leaving the island at 3.30pm
  • Why?
    • The Motuihe Island Trust, assisted by volunteers (us) is replanting the island helping to restore native flora and fauna.
  • How to get there
    • The Redboats ferry departs from pier Z, Westhaven Marina (just past Swashbucklers) at 9am sharp.
  • Parking
    • Large pay and display car park at Westhaven Marina
    • Few mesh fences where you can lock your bike
  • Cost
    • $25 for ferry, equipment, BBQ etc
    • Please deposit to this account with your family name ref
    • Trust Account 02-0110-0116557-066
  • Activities
    • Essentially three options: planting, weeding or nursery work. That is planting native tree saplings on the island, cutting down invasive weeds and general planting/potting up/weeding etc work in the plant nursery.
  • What to wear
    • Outdoor ‘gardening’ clothes and stout closed footwear.
  • What to bring
    • All equipment is provided ie gloves, saws and even some gumboots
  • Food and drink
    • There are 2 BBQ if you want to bring food* out but bring snacks/sandwiches, please note there are no rubbish bins so ‘take back what you bring’
    • Water is good to drink on the island. Bring your water bottle, you can refill at the nursery with filtered water
    • Nursery has a kettle and coffee/tea/milo
  • Toilets
    • DOC toilet block near the wharf.
    • Single toilet at the nursery
  • Map of the island
    • See google
  • Health and safety
    • There will be a briefing on the island. We will assemble at the end of wharf road (near toilets) for a talk.
  • Mobile phone
    • Work fine on the island…….but no wifi
  • What is on the island?
    • No shops, vehicles, people (ex Doc Ranger) or pests.
    • 440,000 trees planted since 2000
    • Little Spotted Kiwi, Tieke, Kakariki, Tuatara, weta……
  • Want to know more about the Trust? See motuihe.org.nz

*See Dept Conservation biosecurity rules ie sealed containers