Native Bush Restoration on Waiheke Island

Join us in working the beautiful 17.5-hectare Atawhai Whenua Reserve on Waiheke Island planting native trees and clearing exotic weeds, depending on the time of year.

We go to different locations within the reserve and carry out different tasks by trying to focus on priority work and keeping it interesting. We show you how to perform tasks and we are very happy to answer any questions about our conservation work and the natural environment.

When you contact us we will email you with extra information you will need such as: What ferry to catch, what to bring, where we’ll meet, etc.

Previous conservation and outdoor experience will help, but it’s not necessary. You will need a moderate level of fitness and the ability to work as a team and take direction.

These planting days are held usually every one or two weeks on a Saturday morning from 10am – 3pm.

This work is within easy walking distance of where the ferry arrives on Waiheke and we will provide all the tools you will need to use.

The Ferry to Waiheke leaves from Customs street, Downtown Auckland at 9am. We have been given a limited amount of complimentary ferry tickets by Fullers so please ask if you need one otherwise they cost $46 return.

Things you will need to bring is gloves (if you have them, otherwise we do have spares) good footwear, a hat, sunblock, possibly a raincoat, your lunch and drinking water. Long pants and sleeves can be good protection from being sunburned and scratched by the trees we are working among too.

Social Protocols

  1. Respect the environment - You will be out in nature for this experience so please help protect our environment by taking all your rubbish with you.
  2. Be a great listener - Have fun and stay safe by following instructions carefully.
  3. Be considerate of others - You’ll be part of a group, so it’s important to be kind and courteous.
  4. Stay safe in the outdoors - Your guides know the environment better than anyone and are there to keep you safe; listen to ALL their instructions, ALL the time.

Cultural Protocols

  1. A chance to relax - This experience is one way Kiwis like to relax and enjoy life so it will seem very relaxed. Have fun, enjoy slowing down (away from work or study) and relax!
  2. Don't be shy - Kiwis are very friendly, open people so this experience is a great opportunity to not be shy, smile lots and make some new friends.
  3. Hello and goodbye in Māori - If you want to start practising some basic Māori phrases, you could try using ‘Kia ora’ (hello) and ‘Ka kite’ (goodbye).
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