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.

    Volunteering 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 taking place to replant depleted tree species, seed collection and protect areas where man interacts with nature.

    If you love outdoor adventures then New Zealand is the place to be 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 in the South Island, or caving diving in Waitomo on the North Island. You will be able to find 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 a forward thinking state and was the first country to institute universal suffrage in 1893. Although it was the last major landmass to be populated, it celebrates a rich indigenous, Maori history and is unified by its equality and national pride. It is the place to visit for anyone with a passion for environmental conservation as there is no place quite like it in the world.  You can also volunteer here

    Join us at Kaya and become and environmental conservation volunteer in New Zealand. Your efforts will help to make a ensure the longevity and 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 is  December to February, Autumn March to May, Winter June to August and Spring September to November


    Environmental Conservation in the North Island, New Zealand
    Volunteer on a project that preserves and restoring New Zealand’s natural beauty through habitat monitoring, heritage restoration, planting and more
    Environmental Conservation in the South Island, New Zealand
    Volunteer in New Zealand and participate in vital environmental conservation work preserving and restoring South Island's unique, natural beauty.

    Easy 3-step application process

    APPLY ONLINE Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
    TELEPHONE INTERVIEW Once we’ve received your application, we’ll be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
    GET PREPARED When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.


    We pride ourselves on providing you high quality placement information throughout your application process and whilst on the ground. Connect with us if you have any questions.

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