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Auckland Ethical Conservation

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Auckland Ethical Conservation

Volunteer in Auckland and assist to preserve, protect and restore New Zealand's rich natural environment and many unique native species.

Prices from US$1,195

Head to Auckland and spend some time participating in the conservation projects located in this beautiful city and throughout the region. There is a variety of projects on offer; you could be helping to conserve endangered wildlife, planting trees, surveying flora and fauna or participating in beach cleanups.  Each of the projects gives you the opportunity to gain hands on conservation experience whilst contributing to protecting and restoring New Zealand’s unique environmental heritage.

New Zealand hosts an abundance of exciting flora and fauna, however many of these species have become threatened or endangered. During your trip you will assist with land and wildlife conservation programs which aim to restore these important ecosystems in order to protect wildlife. After having explored and worked in the region, you'll come away satisfied that you have done your bit to help protect the region’s impressive landscape and wildlife.


  • Gain hands on conservation experience
  • Help with vital wildlife and conservation work
  • Help to protect and promote New Zealand's diversity
  • Get to know and understand New Zealand native species


  • Minimum age of 18 years


Location Auckland, New Zealand
Activities Tree Planting
Erosion Control
Seed Collection
Track Construction
Floral & faunal surveys
Habitat restoration
Endangered species protection
Weed control
Beach cleanups and surveys
Environmental monitoring
Transport Volunteers must make their own way to Auckland HQ
Accommodation Shared accommodation


Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel advice & documentation
Kit advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt (UK only)
In-country Food
Ground transfers
Local orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


This project works alongside the Auckland community to assist with land conservation and environment rehabilitation programs that have been set up across the city and region. The aim of these programs is to help restore damaged ecosystems in order to help support New Zealand's unique plants and animals. Volunteers will work in some of the region's most beautiful national parks, reserves and sanctuaries, surrounded by Eucalyptus forest and an abundance of wildlife. These precious natural ecosystems act as refuges for a number of New Zealand’s most threatened and endangered species. The land is also of significant cultural importance to local Maori people. These ecosystems are under threat from introduced pest species such as feral animals and weeds, habitat destruction and fragmentation, unsustainable development, drought and pollution from incorrect waste disposal. This all has a devastating effect on the fragile ecosystems that support New Zealand’s unique flora and fauna


As a conservation volunteer you will be working to reverse and mitigate some negative impacts on the environment, and help to restore ecosystems. You will do this through re-vegetation efforts and tree planting, weed and pest removal activities, cleaning bush areas and waterways, building protective fencing and other infrastructure and maintaining wildlife corridors to ensure the safe passage of species between healthy ecosystems, away from the dangers of roads and motorways.

It is hard to know exactly which project you could be working on as projects vary greatly depending on the season, conservation priorities and the needs of local communities. As with all volunteering opportunities, a degree of flexibility and adaptability is required.


On arrival into Auckland you will make your way to the local office where you will receive orientation and briefing. After your induction you may have the first weekend free, either in the main city or at your first project site, before starting on the project.


During the project you will be provided with comfortable, clean, shared accommodation. The type of accommodation will vary depending on the nature of the project and it's exact location.Typical accommodation can include hostels, shared houses, caravans or camping. You will normally stay close to where you are working (usually within walking distance) but occasionally you might take public transportation to sites further afield or travel will be arranged to your work site.


Your diet will be seasonal fare typical to New Zealand; three meals a day are provided and volunteers will share in cooking and washing up. Vegetarian options are available.

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Before or after your project why not stay in country a little longer and explore a range of adventure and cultural activities such as Franz Joseph Glacier, the location of Lord of the Rings - Mount Tongariro, Maori villages, skydiving and other adrenalin sports are available.


2 weeks US$1,195

4 weeks US$2,595

6 weeks US$3,195

Extra week US$595


This project begins weekly, every Friday. Please ensure you report to Auckland HQ office by 11am on the Friday for your introductory briefing.


You can join this project for 2 weeks +


Before you go

  • Comprehensive pre-departure support
  • Travel advice & documentation
  • Kit advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt (UK only)


  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Ground transfers & in-transit accommodation
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ backup


Nearest airport(s): Auckland International Apt (AKL)


  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


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To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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