Volunteering in New Zealand

Volunteer Programs New Zealand

Famous for its stunning landscapes, impressive topography and crystal clear Pacific Ocean waters New Zealand offers a vast array of activities for locals and international visitors alike.

Geographically isolated in the South Pacific and with relatively low population density and stringent customs inspections New Zealand has been able to maintain many of its endemic native species, including the namesake Kiwi. Our programs in New Zealand focus on conserving this environmental treasure house.  

A developed nation, New Zealand stands its ground among larger countries in areas such as sport, agriculture, technology and education. English and Maori are both official languages with English being spoken by almost every New Zealander.  Agriculture remains a primary industry and NZ wines continue to make their mark on the world; resulting in an excellent and varied cuisine.  

The first human settlers reached New Zealand circa 1250 from the Polynesian Islands and are the ancestors of the indigenous Maori tribes still prominent in New Zealand today. The Dutch were the first Europeans to reach New Zealand via explorer Abel Tasman but it was the British that eventually colonised the islands, signing the Treaty of Waitangi with Maori Chefs in 1840.

The most populated city is Auckland in the North Island, known locally as the ‘City of Sails’ for its harbours and inlets.  Auckland is also home to some 50 dormant volcanos which dot its skyline from almost every viewpoint. The Capital, Wellington, lies at the base of the North Island and is renowned for its culture, restaurants and heritage attractions. A short drive from either city sees you immersed in national parks, rural farms and nature in all its abundance.

The South Island, home to the historical city of Christchurch, is less populated than the North and contains some of the country’s most stunning landscape features, including the Southern Alps, raising to more than 3,000 meters (12,218 feet) and covering a staggering 500kms (310miles) north to south, and the Milford South Fjords where cliff faces rise straight out of the ocean and waterfalls drop into the crystal clear waters of the Sound where dolphin and whale watching are popular activities.

Programs

4 programs
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • from 1 week
  • Volunteer House
  • from USD 399
  • Airport Pick Up Not Included
  • 18+

This inspiring project was created with the goal of helping to preserve the ecologically significant environment in and around Auckland. The conservation program allows volunteers to take part in vital conservation work to preserve the natural environment and wildlife in some of the most beautiful and threatened parks and reserves across this…

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  • Christchurch, New Zealand
  • from 1 week
  • Volunteer House
  • from USD 399
  • Airport Pick Up Not Included
  • 18+

This amazing program is a long term project which aims to deliver significant environmental and community benefits in the Christchurch region. Working in diverse locations from inner-city parks and waterways to scenic hilltops overlooking the Pacific ocean and coastal reserves, volunteers will work on restoring biodiversity in the area, support…

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  • Punakaiki, New Zealand
  • from 1 week
  • Public Hostel
  • from USD 459
  • Airport Pick Up Not Included
  • 18+

This critical conservation program works to transform project sites on New Zealand's South Island West Coast into native rainforests and wetlands. Ambitious planting projects are achieved with the help of volunteers - recently 200,000 trees were successfully planted!  

Volunteers on this program could work on projects in a number of…

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  • Wellington, New Zealand
  • from 1 week
  • Volunteer House
  • from USD 399
  • Airport Pick Up Not Included
  • 18+

This varied and important conservation program works in parks and sanctuaries across the Wellington region to help protect precious natural places and their inhabitants. Volunteers on this program could work on a number of projects in different locations, dependent on need at the time. From a project aiming to plant 100,000 native trees in…

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