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Volunteer in New Zealand and be amazed at the natural beauty and peacefulness of this island country. The country is bigger than the UK but only has 1/14th of the population making it popular for its uncrowded and untamed landscape. Due to its remote location and relative isolation for the past 80 million years, it has developed a unique biodiversity unlike any other.

Volunteer in New Zealand

Our volunteer projects in New Zealand focus on preserving the unique animal, plant and bird habitats in the country. Our projects on the North Island help to boost native biodiversity by providing additional habitat for native birds and restoring globally rare peat lakes around the Waikato region.  On the less populated, but equally as beautiful South Island, habitat restoration and conservation is key. As a volunteer in New Zealand, you will be part of sustainable work to replant depleted tree species, collect seeds and protect areas where man interacts with nature.

If you love outdoor adventures, New Zealand is the place for you and adding on time after your volunteer placement is a must! There are boundless opportunities to embrace the country by kayaking through Abel Tasman park or cave diving in Waitomo. You’ll enjoy hiking paths, beaches and national parks wherever you go. If you are lucky, you might spot the native Kiwi bird flittering around the forest floor. For movie buffs, you can visit the famous Hobbiton from Lord of the Rings, or the studios where all the props and special effects for Avatar were done.

New Zealand boasts the southernmost capital city on the planet, Wellington. The nation is forward-thinking as it was the first country to institute universal suffrage in 1893. Additionally, it celebrates a rich indigenous, Maori history and is unified by its equality and national pride. As it was the last major landmass to be populated, it is the place for anyone with a passion for environmental conservation. There is no place quite like it in the world!

Join us at Kaya and become an environmental conservation volunteer in New Zealand. Your efforts will help to ensure the longevity of native wildlife and plants in one of the most beautiful countries in the world.


Here are some important facts about New Zealand:

  • Population 4,438,393 / July 2015 estimate
  • Language – English (de facto official) 89.8%, Maori (de jure official) 3.5%, Samoan 2%, Hindi 1.6%, French 1.2%, Northern Chinese 1.2%, Yue 1%, Other or not stated 20.5%, New Zealand Sign Language (de jure official)
  • Religion – Christian 44.3% (Catholic 11.6%, Anglican 10.8%, Presbyterian and Congregational 7.8%, Methodist, 2.4%, Pentecostal 1.8%, other 9.9%), Hindu 2.1%, Buddhist 1.4%, Maori Christian 1.3%, Islam 1.1%, other religion 1.4% (includes Judaism, Spiritualism and New Age religions, Baha’i, Asian religions other than Buddhism), no religion 38.5%, not stated or unidentified 8.2%, objected to answering 4.1%
  • Currency – New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
  • Climate – temperate with regional variations. Summer: December to February, Autumn: March to May, Winter: June to August, Spring: September to November


Environmental Conservation in New Zealand (North Island)

Volunteer on a project that preserves and restoring New Zealand’s natural beauty through habitat monitoring, heritage restoration, planting and more

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Environmental Conservation in New Zealand (South Island)

Volunteer in New Zealand and participate in vital environmental conservation work preserving and restoring South Island's unique, natural beauty and the habitat of its vulnerable seabird

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Easy 4-step application process


Apply online and pay your application fee to apply for your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.


Once we’ve received your application, we’ll review your details and be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.


Following your interview, we will provide you a placement offer. Once you are ready to confirm your placement and dates, you can pay your confirmation fee to book and secure your space.


When you have confirmed your project dates we'll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.