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Hauraki Gulf Islands, New Zealand

November 19 - November 25

Hauraki Gulf New Zealand

Welcome to Hauraki Gulf Islands!

A jewel of New Zealand’s Te Ika-a-Māui (North Island), the Hauraki Gulf is known for its stunning natural beauty, incredible biodiversity and unique cultural history.

Cruising through the gulf’s crystal-clear waters, you’re likely to see hundreds of seabirds skimming the seas, countless fish and even the occasional pod of dolphins or migrating whales!

Make a difference.

Our work on the Hauraki Gulf Islands is hands on. We’ll work on both Rakino and the Noises Islands, on protected areas and private land set aside for conservation.

Our focus is on bushland restoration. We’ll remove weeds that threaten native species and the habitats they call home. Depending on the weather, we’ll also map and set up monitoring programs for marine species.

This is a unique chance to work alongside a group of inspiring, like-minded people, local conservationists and island locals. The work makes a real difference to this beautiful part of the world.

Discover Hauraki’s natural wonders.

There’s also plenty of time to relax and enjoy the astonishing beauty of the islands; snorkelling in crystal waters, collecting mussels, diving for fresh scallops, ocean kayaking, bushwalking or bird-watching!

And if the weather is good to us, there might even be an overnight optional camp on Otata Island, and/or a hike across uninhabited Motuhoropapa Island (to search for giant Wētāpunga!).


  • Enjoy a cruise across the Hauraki Gulf on our private water taxi (about 45 minutes).
  • Discover idyllic Rakino Island, a laidback retreat away from the hustle and bustle of Auckland and our base for the trip.
  • Take in the views across the gulf to the Noises Islands from the veranda of our “Bach” (New Zealander for holiday house). Relax on the deck with a glass of wine and listen to music, or the surrounding tui birds.
  • The Bach is within walking distance of two picture-perfect beaches. Swim, snorkel or fish for snapper, kahawai, kingfish and squid.
  • Visit the Noises, small private islands held by the Noises Islands Family Trust. Try your hand at kayaking, scalloping, fishing or just relaxing on the beach or in the forest.
  • Get to know the colourful locals on Rakino and the Noises Islands.
  • Learn about Island biodiversity, native species and local culture from experts in the field.

What’s Included?

  • Return water taxi transfers from Okahu Bay to Rakino Island.
  • Six night’s accommodation on Rakino Island in our wonderfully themed and comfortable house.
  • All meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner (alcohol is not included).
  • Transfers to and from all islands by private boat.
  • Guided walks through the rainforests and other habitats by local islanders.
  • Afternoons exploring the various Noises Islands. Optional overnight camping on Otata Island (subject to weather).

Where do we meet?

We leave from Auckland’s Okahu Bay boat ramp on the 19th November at 3pm and return on 25th November by 3pm. The public boat landing ramp is at Tamaki Drive, Orakei, Okahu Bay 1071, New Zealand.

  • 1 Bag/suitcase
  • 1 small Backpack for during the day
  • 1 or more long working trousers – to protect for scratches from plants, mosquito bites and the sun
  • 1 or more long sleeved work shirts – to protect from scratches from plants, mosquito bites and the sun
  • 1 or more shorts
  • Sleeping bag (for a chance to camp overnight on Otata Island)
  • Wet weather clothing – lightweight is preferable
  • Warm clothes – it can get cold at night. A fleece, wind stopper or sweater is ideal
  • 1 pair of walking boots, trainers or sneakers (strong soles)
  • 1 pair of CLOSED shoes with strong soles that can get wet. (sneakers or reef shoes made out of wetsuit material, available at stores such as K-Mart or Big W for around $20, high ankles are best)
  • 1 pair of sandals, thongs or flip-flops
  • Swimmers – to wear in the ocean
  • Personal medication & toiletries. Sunscreen (highest protection factor) and insect repellent– preferable biodegradable
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat – wide brimmed for plenty of shade
  • Personal drink bottle – total minimum 2 litre!!
  • Bring plenty of casual clothing t-shirts, tops, shorts, socks, underwear and anything else you may need for the week


  • Camera
  • Binoculars – optional to spot wildlife
  • Things for free time – book, deck of card, games, music

Moderate. You’ll spend on average 4 hours a day on habitat restoration. We travel in small boats and land on rugged coastlines, so a good level of agility is required. If you would like more information get in touch and we can talk it through!

We will be staying in a very comfortable house on Rakino, check it out here. Camping on Otata Island is optional and weather dependant.

The Noises Islands are private and very few people other than researchers are given permission to visit.

Discover secluded islands, see endangered species, work and play with locals, relax and explore.


November 19
November 25
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Hauraki Gulf Islands
Rakino Island
Auckland, 1010 New Zealand
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