Midweek Visits

Mid week volunteers are welcomed  and should contact [email protected]
or contact Ph 0800 668844 ext 0

The dates for our midweek public planting days are listed on the Home page of this website.

It is with regret that we advise Motuihe wharf has been fully closed by the Department of Conservation with immediate effect.  Regrettably there will be no Sunday and midweek volunteer trips until further notice.  We apologise for any inconvenience caused.  We will update this notice as more information becomes available.

Important Note: 

  • Email [email protected] to register for a volunteer trip.
  • Ferry bookings must be made in advance. CLICK HERE TO BOOK A PLACE 
  • Limited seats available.  First in first serve basis
  • Full refunds will be made if the ferry is cancelled because of weather
  • Fares:  $30 per adult, $20 Gold Card holders and Students
  • Z Pier Red Boats location
  • Parking

    Westhaven Parking

    $20 Pay & Display – All day parking at Z Pier

    Free at N pier – provided you park inside white lines and observe time limit.  Approximate 20 minute walk to Z Pier.

    Free parking in surrounding streets on Sundays

    Buses:  Bus stops on Fanshawe Street (opposite Air NZ building) for North Shore routes and just past Air NZ building for Britomart stop

The Trust runs a flexible midweek volunteer programme.  Whether you’re a corporate team looking for an excellent ‘volunteer day’ option or an individual wanting to make a difference, please contact Simon by email: [email protected]

Activities are season dependent, with tree planting from autumn to early spring with the rest of the year including; seed collecting, nursery tasks, bush reclamation (weeding),  track clearing, bird box building & installation and other relevant jobs.  Along with Trust guides we can tailor a day to fit with a wide variety of ages (5-80), fitness levels and experience.  The aim is to enjoy the beautiful island and contribute to its future.

A typical day starts at 8.30am with the ferry departing from pier Z, Westhaven.  Tasks from 10.30 until lunch (on a good day we’ll take the BBQs to the beach) and then either a few more jobs and/or guided walks, swimming or……just enjoying the island.  The ferry docks at pier Z at approximately 5pm. 

Motuihe Island FAQs

Welcome to the Motuihe island project – good choice.  The following should answer most questions relating to the day.

  • Where?
    • Motuihe Island sits between Rangitoto and Waiheke.The ferry ride of approximately 1 hour to the island
  • When?
    • 8.30am ferry departure. Activities will start around 11am.  Lunch around 1pm with the ferry leaving the island at 3.30pm
  • Why?
    • The Motuihe Island Trust, assisted by volunteers (us) is replanting the island helping to restore native flora and fauna.
  • How to get there
    • The Redboats ferry departs from pier Z, Westhaven Marina (just past Swashbucklers) at 8.30am sharp.
  • Parking
    • Large pay and display car park at Westhaven Marina
    • Few mesh fences where you can lock your bike
  • Cost
    • 305 for ferry, equipment, BBQ etc
    • Please deposit to this account with your family name ref
  • Activities
    • Essentially three options: planting, weeding or nursery work. That is planting native tree saplings on the island, cutting down invasive weeds and general planting/potting up/weeding etc work in the plant nursery.
  • What to wear
    • Outdoor ‘gardening’ clothes and stout closed footwear.
  • What to bring
    • All equipment is provided ie gloves, saws and even some gumboots
  • Food and drink
    • There are 2 BBQs if you want to bring food* out but bring snacks/sandwiches, please note there are no rubbish bins so ‘take back what you bring’
    • Water is good to drink on the island. Bring your water bottle, you can refill at the nursery with filtered water
    • Nursery has a kettle and coffee/tea/milo
  • Toilets
    • DOC toilet block near the wharf.
    • Single toilet at the nursery
  • Map of the island
    • See google
  • Health and safety
    • There will be a briefing on the island. We will assemble at the end of wharf road (near toilets) for a talk.
  • Mobile phone
    • Work fine on the island…….but no wifi
  • What is on the island?
    • No shops, vehicles, people (ex Doc Ranger) or pests.
    • 440,000 trees planted since 2000
    • Little Spotted Kiwi, Tieke, Kakariki, Tuatara, weta……
  • Want to know more about the Trust? See motuihe.org.nz

*See Dept Conservation biosecurity rules ie sealed containers