Where: Motutapu Island, next to Rangitoto Island, Auckland, New Zealand.
When: Year round it is accessible by ferry. I went on a volunteer tree planting trip with the Motutapu Conservation Trust.
Motutapu, meaning Sacred Island, is and Island just off the coast of Auckland city. It is a recreation reserve monitored by the Department of Conservation.
All it’s original forrest is gone, so volunteers work year round to replant it, to give a place for the native birds to live.
I went along with a couple of friends one cold Sunday in winter.
They take you over on the ferry, walk you to the tree planting spot, you spend a couple of hours planting, then they take you around the rest of the loop track and explain what they are trying to achieve with the island.
At the end, you have about an hour of free time before the ferry returns to take you back, so they put on a sausage sizzle whilst you wander the beach and surroundings.
I would definitely recommend doing this! It’s so much fun and so rewarding and only a little bit of hard work.