Native Forest Volunteer, New Zealand

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Program Description

Become a volunteer with this conservation project located in a native forest of New Zealand on the breathtaking Kauri Coast. With a maximum of six per group, your goal will be to assist with the preservation of the forest and its inhabitants, such as the kiwi.

Tasks involve:

- Establishing the grid of trails
- Clearing, widening and maintaining these trails
- Bait station installation and monitoring
- GPS trail mapping

The nature sanctuary lies within an unexplored forest, giving you the opportunity to be one of the first people to discover its secrets and natural wonders. The volunteer programme will provide you with wilderness training and you will even have the chance to camp in the forest. Volunteers will also be able to participate in night safaris while looking for kiwis and glow worms.


This is a once in a lifetime chance to volunteer in an unexplored forest. You have the opportunity to be one of the first in over a hundred years to discover the plants and trees which grow there; a truly unique experience for any budding botanist.


Volunteers should be between 18 to 50 years old, fit, healthy, capable of carrying out work in all conditions in a cold and wet climate. In addition, you need to be prepared to do a lot of walking and hiking on uneven ground every day, and to be comfortable living in a rustic conditions for two weeks. The Nature Sanctuary is one hour away from the nearest town and there might be no opportunities to go into town. This is not the programme for you if you find it difficult to be out in remote areas and cannot hike at least 4 hours every day on uneven terrain. No specific skills are needed, but those with previous experience of conservation work, wilderness travel, botany, etc. would be particularly useful, as well as those who are self-motivated as you will get more out of the project. The project is ideally suited to those with an interest in conservation, restoration, wilderness, exploration, and off-the-grid living.

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What`s Included

These costs include all food, accommodation, excursions in the surrounding area, night safaris, all training and supervision by instructors, and WorkingAbroad Projects backup and placement support.

Program Locations

Northland Region, New Zealand

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Program Details

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  • New Zealand: Northland Region
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Program Duration:
1-3 months
The cost for the 2 week programme is £565, 4 weeks is £875, 6 weeks is £1185, 8 weeks is £1495, and 10 weeks is £1795
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