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Volunteer Planting Days


Sun 10 Jul 2016, 8:45am–5:15pm
Sat 23 Jul 2016, 8:45am–5:15pm
Sun 31 Jul 2016, 8:45am–5:15pm

Where: Rotoroa Island, Rotoroa Island, Rotoroa Island, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: RotoroaIsland

The cooler months herald planting season on Rotoroa Island. So if you've always wanted to get your hands dirty with a spot of tree planting, or you've enjoyed volunteering with us before, come join us!

Volunteers are supplied with spades but please bring gardening gloves if you have them. Rotoroa's volunteer days require a reasonable standard of fitness but families with kids are welcome (recommended for children aged eight and up). And it's not all hard work - our family friendly volunteer days also have plenty of free time for exploration and relaxation, plus we'll put on a sausage sizzle. Volunteers also get a 40% discount on their ferry ticket bringing the adult ticket price to $31.50. To claim this discount, use the promotional code 360111 when booking online.

Volunteer opportunities for corporate groups are also available mid-week. Contact volunteer manager for more information on transport options and event planning.

So pack your lunch and a change of clothes, and come join us for a special conservation experience. There'll be a free sausage sizzle and the chance to chat to our island staff and conservation team.

How to book:
360 Discovery Cruises are providing special discounted ferry fares for volunteers (only $31.20 return for adults). Numbers are limited to 20, so be quick and book online: select Auckland to Rotoroa return, and enter 360111 as a promotion code to get your special ferry fare, or call 360 Discovery on 0800 360 3472. Make sure you mention you are heading to the island for the volunteer day to get the discounted rate.

What to bring:
Your lunch and plenty of water to drink; sturdy footwear (tramping boots or good grip sand shoes - no open toe shoes); several layers of clothes and wet weather gear; gardening gloves and spade if you have them. Please bring any medication if you need it as there are no pharmacy supplies on the island (especially if you are an allergy or hay fever sufferer as you will be working among bush).

What we’ll provide:
Gloves and spades(if you don’t have any); plants; tea, coffee and water; sausages sizzle afterwards and supervisors with plenty of interesting stories and good humour!

Plan for the day
8:45am: Volunteers depart on the 360 Discovery Ferry;
10am: Arrive on Rotoroa, welcome introduction, safety briefing, plan for the day;
10:30am: Volunteer work begins (break for lunch, tea and coffee at 12:30);
3pm: Finish work and explore the island;
5:15pm: Return to Auckland on the 360 Discovery ferry.

Note: Not suitable for young children, those 8 years and older are welcome however they must be supervised.

While unlikely to cancel unless terrible weather, here’s how you can be sure it’s going ahead. Check our website or Facebook Page where we’ll post any updates. If you are unsure, please call 021 914384.

Supervision and guidance on the day will be provided by Rotoroa Island caretakers. A special thank you to 360 Discovery for providing a generous discount for our Volunteers.

We're keen to build a list of people who'd like to volunteer regularly or know about upcoming days, so if you fit this bill, then email us at, and put 'volunteer' in the subject heading.

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