Advance your skillset by volunteering in Northland this summer!

Volunteers in Kelmarna Gardens in Auckland

Get involved in volunteering this summer and enter the new year with a new range of skills!

Volunteering is a great way to meet new people and gain new experiences while gaining new skills. We have created a list of volunteering opportunities in Northland so you can get involved with your community:

Here’s our top 6 volunteering opportunities this summer in Northland:
  • Sustainable Gardening in Maunu
  • Event volunteering in Kaikohe
  • Volunteering on a historic Bay of Islands railway
  • Transform Matakohe/ Limestone Island
  • Conserve Northland with experts 
  • Protect native bird habitats
Flower gardens in Northland
Event volunteering in Kaikohe

Pioneer Village in Kaikohe puts on many big events throughout the year and is always looking for volunteers who are keen to help out. They’re always looking for people to help set up events and pack them down again, as well as different roles that will make the event run smoothly. This opportunity allows you to be immersed in our community and all you need to come with a can-do attitude!

Gardening in Northland
Sustainable gardening in Whangārei 

The Maunu Garden Project has an opportunity for you to learn about local sustainable horticulture while growing food that is supplied to local people in need. They teach volunteers how to maintain the garden and then harvest the crops when they are ready to be eaten. What a wonderful way to learn, and help our community at the same time! The garden is open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10am.


Train in Kawakawa
Volunteer on a historic Bay of Islands railway

In the heart of Kawakawa, the historic railway is looking for volunteers with a positive attitude to help around the track and ensure the visitors and staff enjoy a safe environment. Training will be provided for a variety of jobs that keep the railway running for all generations to appreciate. Transport can even be provided from Whangārei.

Man weeding in Northland
Transform Matakohe/Limestone Island

Ever wondered what a pest-free NZ would look like? Thanks to the hard work and dedication of volunteers, Matakohe-Limestone Island is now a safe home for a growing variety of threatened native fauna that has been re-introduced, including kiwi, banded rail, New Zealand dotterel, moko skink and forest gecko! 

On the first Wednesday of every month, there’s an opportunity for you and some mates to get stuck in and learn about NZ’s ecosystem on the island. There are chances for volunteers to try tree releasing, building artificial seabird burrows, controlling weeds, and completing some fix-it jobs around the island. Prepare for a full day – the boat will pick you up from the Onerahi jetty at 9 am and will return at 2 pm.

Tracking tunnel in Northland
Conserve Northland with experts 

Have you ever thought about what a DOC ranger does during the day? Come and find out! Learn about NZ’s native wildlife and take part in meaningful conservation work.  Each month the location varies so you can get up close and personal with the flora and fauna of Northland. This happens every third Wednesday of each month and a reasonable level of fitness and a strong pair of shoes is needed! Click here for more info.

Man walking on track in Northland
Protect native birds habitats

Get out and about in Northland’s natural environment protecting the stunning habitats of some of our most precious native birds. You can head out to Bream Head in small groups for some habitat monitoring 4 times a year, or on the second Sunday of each month meet with a group of like-minded people to do some restoration work in the beautiful Whangārei Heads. There is also a chance to be a part of the Bream Head predator control programmes and the Smuggler’s track maintenance group working to eliminate weeds – get in touch with them today! 

BeKiwi has such a variety of experiences around Northland that you can get involved with.

Try out our search filters to find the ideal experience for you. Looking for volunteering opportunities? Want to find something to do that is less than $50? Or, find something that will boost your communications skills!

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Auckland community planting
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