New Zealand

The Karori Sanctuary Trust aims to be a world-class conservation site in which people enjoy the experience, and gain understanding of and commitment to, their natural heritage. The vision spans 500 years when the native forest will have grown to maturity, but significant progress will be achieved in the first 10-20 years. This vision consists of five objectives: Conservation and Research, Community Involvement, Education, Recreation and Tourism, and Corporate Management

Click here for a list of volunteering opportunities currently available at Karori Sanctuary Trust.

The Department of Conservation (In Māori, Te Papa Atawhai), commonly known by its acronym, "DOC", is the state sector organisation which deals with the conservation of New Zealand’s natural and historic heritage.

Volunteers help with many different conservation tasks such as bird counts, rehabilitating kiwis, historic building restoration, habitat restoration, hut maintenance, weed control, whale strandings, tree planting, and giving talks. Here you will find a national overview may help you find a volunteer programme that interests you.

For general volunteering information please email

The Yellow- Eyed Penguin Trust has a comprehensive coastal conservation programme. Measures include habitat restoration; predator control; research projects; education etc.

Volunteers help in the nursery, raising seedlings and planting trees. They work in the office doing anything from writing articles for the newsletter, to filing to fundraising.

If you wish to register please send an email to

The objective of the society Friends of Flora is to implement, in partnership with the Department of Conservation, a conservation strategy to bring about the protection and/or return of endangered and threatened flora and fauna to the Flora Stream catchment area in Kahurangi National Park. This will enhance the experience for all visitors to this popular area, resulting in wider community appreciation and use of the Park.

Please click here to apply as a volunteer.

This project provides protection for taonga/ treasured species around the one main township on Stewart Island, allowing them to thrive. Through this project, species are brought back to these areas which have disappeared from here.

Volunteering opportunities include working with staff and other volunteers to restore habitat, remove pest species or monitor the project results.

For more information please contact or check here for possibilities.


New Zealand Trust for Conservation Volunteers (NZTCV) maintains registers of projects and volunteers in which supports non-profit organisations undertaking conservation projects. It also develops training courses for volunteers appropriate to the work involved.  NZTCV is a member of the International Conservation Volunteers alliance.

Here you can fill out a registration form.


The 307 hectare Ecosanctuary is the only area of native forest in mainland South Island where indigenous plants and animals can live in the wild without threat from most introduced pests. It is home to some of New Zealand's most fascinating and rare forest wildlife.

If you would like to volunteer please complete the online form here.

The Puketi Forest Trust is a charitable trust and within its 15,000 hectares it contains magnificent stands of kauri and a rich ecological diversity.

Please click here for details about volunteering possibilities.


Tawharanui Open Sanctuary is a unique blend of conservation, recreation and sustainable farming within Tawharanui Regional Park. The open sanctuary includes mature and regenerating native bush, wonderful beaches, spectacular coastal cliffs, wetlands, heritage sites, a marine park and extensive areas of rich pasture.

Please click here to send an email.

The Shakespear Open Sanctuary Society has been supporting the ARC with the creation of a wildlife sanctuary within the park since 2003, through fundraising and voluntary work.

At the tip of the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, Shakespear Regional Park has sheltered bays, wetlands, regenerating native forest, cliffs, historic places and a lookout with views second to none.

Close to Tiritiri Matangi island bird sanctuary, Shakespear Regional Park is considered an ideal site to create an open sanctuary: a predator-free haven for native species.

Please click here to find out more about volunteering possibilities.

Ark in the Park open sanctuary is a community restoration project in the Cascades Kauri Park, northern Waitakere Ranges, Auckland. The project aims to significantly reduce animal and plant pests in a 2000 hectare area with the long term goal of reintroducing native animals and plants now extinct in the Waitakere Ranges.

For details please contact

Forest & Bird is New Zealand’s largest independent conservation organisation that works to preserve our natural heritage and native species.

Here you can find out further details about volunteering positions.

Objectives of the Bushy Park Trust are: the preservation and enhancement of the 90 ha forest by ridding it of all predators; the enhancement of native bird life and the introduction of rare and endangered species once found here; to provide the opportunity for public education, recreation and enjoyment of the Homestead and forest; to provide in the Homestead a facility of accommodation and entertainment; and to provide an education programme for students.

For further information or to apply to become a Sanctuary Volunteer email

The Brook Waimarama Sanctuary is a community-based initiative working to create a pest-free wildlife sanctuary close to the Nelson city centre.

Please click here to register.




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