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Source: Auckland Council

Calling all passionate volunteers and nature lovers. To celebrate the end of the school holidays in July we have a skink enclosure weeding volunteer day and would love your help.

This is an easy volunteer day (suitable for 9yrs+) clearing invasive weed species from enclosures used by the ranges. Our skink enclosures keep our moko and shore skinks safe from predators, so we hand weed to protect them and our other native species.

Restoring the natural heritage of Rotoroa Island is a big job, so we need 20 people to come and help out. We are offering a fun day on our island sanctuary and a chance to help in our restoration programme. A sausage sizzle plus tea and coffee will be provided for afternoon tea!

After helping out, kids are welcome to take part in our Bird Count Challenge – up to 1 hour activity noting birds they’ve seen on island. And receive a badge for their efforts!


8.45am Volunteers depart on Fullers360 ferry from Quay St.

10am Arrive on Rotoroa, welcome and biosecurity briefing;

10.30am Volunteer task demonstration & gear distributed

11am – Restoration work begins

12.30pm – Break for lunch Time to explore the island

3pm – Sausage sizzle/ Tea & Coffee

5.15pm Ferry departs for Auckland


Your lunch and plenty of water to drink, sturdy footwear (no open toed shoes), several layers of clothes and wet weather gear, sunscreen and sun hat, gardening gloves if you have them.

If you require any medication, please bring it with you (especially if you are an allergy sufferer), staff will have a basic first aid kit only.


Gloves (please bring your own if you have them); tea, coffee, hot chocolate and water; supervisors with plenty of interesting stories and good humour! Plus we’ll put on a sausage sizzle.


Register for the event by emailing PLUS book your ferry ticket on Fullers360 website, or call Fullers360 on 09 307 8005.


While unlikely to cancel unless terrible weather, here’s how you can be sure it’s going ahead. Check on this page or Facebook page where we’ll post a cancellation notification.

If you are unsure, please call the island’s duty phone on the morning of the volunteer day: 09 283 0849.


Rotoroa Island is a predator free sanctuary; before you visit please:

  • Check your bags thoroughly for rodents, insects (especially ants) and other pests prior to boarding the ferry
  • All bags must be SEALED – plastic bags, open top bags and supermarket bags are easy for pests to access so please leave these at home
  • Carry food in sealed, rodent proof plastic containers and take your rubbish home
  • Check your footwear is clean and that there is no soil or seeds in laces or treads
  • Leave your bicycle at home and if you’re bringing a buggy, make sure your tyre treads aren’t packed with dirt or insects