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    Oyster Worldwide – Conservation Volunteering in New Zealand

    Oyster Worldwide – Conservation Volunteering in New Zealand


    • Listing Type: Gap Year Programs
    • Destinations: New Zealand
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Credit Awarded: None
    • Program Length: One Week, Two Weeks, Six Weeks, Four Weeks, Two Months, Quarter, Three Weeks, Five Weeks
    • Start Month: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
    • Category: Outdoor Adventure
    • Selective: Yes
    • Gender: Coed
    • Ages: 18, 19+, 19
    • Housing: Cabins, Dorm, Homestay, Other, Tents
    • Financial Aid: Not Available
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    Whether you are a student, professional or a retiree, anyone is welcome to make a genuine difference and contribute to protecting some of the most beautiful and remote islands in the world. Choose a gateway city and travel out to your conservation site to work with passionate and inspiring local Kiwis!

    What will I be doing ?

    Volunteer in New Zealand and enjoy preserving urban, regional and remote locations through activities such as:

    • Tree planting

    • Walking trail construction

    • Protect native birds, lizards, insects, fish and penguins

    • Seed collection

    • Weed control

    • Conservation fencing

    • Heritage and habitat restoration

    You, and a group of up to 10 volunteers, will work under the guidance of a conservation team leader.

    Your team leader will give you regular safety briefings, inform you of the project aims and assist you with working effectively.

    Choose from 3 gateway cities in New Zealand

    Christchurch– South Island:

    There are some fabulous projects around Christchurch and for longer stays you will head over to the Punakaiki coast on the west side of the South Island. Punakaiki is most famous for the Pancake Rocks which are a heavily eroded limestone area. The ocean waves burst through the vertical blowholes creating a spectacular show!

    Projects in this area focus on coastal restoration and aim to restore biodiversity, educate locals, strengthen community networks and ultimately provide ‘new heritage’ land for future generations to enjoy.

    Volunteers will be tree planting, collecting seeds and eradicating foreign plant species. This is great for those interested in preserving parks, coasts and waterways.

    Auckland – North Island:

    These projects use Auckland as the launch pad for places such as the Whakanewha Regional Park and Te Matuku Peninsular, both situated on the fabulous island of Waiheke. There may also be opportunities to help in the Atiu Creek Regional Park, the Hunua Ranges, Omana Regional Park and areas around Hamilton.

    These areas boast forests and wetlands and are home to some of New Zealand’s rarest birds.  One of the main environmental challenges is the growth of foreign plants such as the Japanese honeysuckle and the moth plant.  Help eradicate foreign species, service baitlines, collect seeds, create walking tracks and get involved with mulching.

    These projects are great for those interested in flora and fauna and preserving coasts, waterways and park lands.

    Wellington – North Island Projects:

    Include the Anamata Stream Restoration Project which encourages landowners in rural areas to take control of the section of stream that runs through their property.

    The aim for volunteers is to reduce erosion and promote biodiversity and sustainability. A great project for those interested in parks and reserves, coasts and waterways, flora and fauna and land care.

    (Please note that it is only possible to choose a gateway city, not a project, as these are dependent on circumstances that can vary throughout the year).


    To be eligible you need to be over 18 and have a reasonable level of fitness.  No previous experience or qualifications are necessary to join the project. All you need is a passion for the environment, some enthusiasm and a fairly good level of fitness to help out!