Love our wetlands together on Waiheke

Location: Waiheke Island
Availability: Weekdays
Team size: 5 - 40


Waiheke Resources Trust (WRT) is all about creating a great place to live, and undertakes programmes that encourage community development and ecological sustainability on Waiheke Island. Through its Love Our Wetlands project, WRT is working to restore seven significant wetland areas on Waiheke — Matiatia wetland, Owhanake, Te Huruhi Bay awa, Okahuiti, Rangihoua and Te Matuku — each of which has unique historical, cultural, ecological and environmental value. LOWW takes a ‘whole of landscape’ ecological approach to restoring wetlands. Through this mahi, we are creating vibrant habitats where our native species can thrive and communities are connected.

Toitū te marae a Tane Toitū te marae a Tangaroa Toitū te iwi - If the land is well and the sea is well, We the people will thrive.

LOWW welcomes corporate, community and school groups looking to engage with environmental projects through volunteering. We'd love teams to assist in weed species removal, planting native trees, releasing natives and taking care of previous plantings.

Teams usually take the 8.30am or 9.00am ferry from Downtown Auckland, and return on the 3pm sailing.
Fullers ferries are $35 return to the island and return.

The return ferry from Waiheke can be booked after 3pm, depending on any after-work activities. Please liaise directly to confirm the ferry times and numbers to be booked. Fullers offer an optional Island tour and wine tasting for an additional cost after the working day if teams are interested.

Transfers on the island, between the work site and the ferry, are provided for free, if there are less than 18 volunteers. Above this transport can be arranged for your team, WRT will be in contact directly to advise needs and additional cost incurred.

Please wear outdoor working clothes (long sleeves and long trousers are preferable to avoid grass scratches and rashes) and sturdy shoes or gumboots. Bring rain gear for wet weather, hats and sunscreen for sunny weather and gardening gloves if you have them.

Please bring your own lunch, snacks and drinks. The team will need plenty of water for the day so it's best if each team member brings their own water bottle. Please note that alcohol cannot be consumed during the working day due to health & safety.

Please note that some of the work sites can be quite steep, slippery and rough in case of mobility issues.

Please also note that some sites do not have toilet facilities but a portaloo can be hired if required.
By participating in this volunteering opportunity you are helping achieve the following United Nations Sustainability Goals:
Goal 6 - Clean water and sanitation
Goal 11 - Sustainable cities and communities
Goal 13 - Climate action
Goal 14 - Life below water
Goal 15 - Life on land

Amazing to learn so much about the different types of weed and the great conservation work the team over at Waiheke are so passionate about. We enjoyed the work out in nature and it felt really good to give back to the environment.
We enjoyed getting outside and being able to work together as a team, when we are so use to being in an office all day. We found it really interesting learning about planting and the different aspects around that.
We enjoyed being in a great environment, getting to know the other team members, the opportunity to spend time on Waiheke afterwards and a feeling of having contributed to restoring the environment.


Interested in this opportunity? Check out our membership information or send us an email: