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Volunteer in New Zealand

Help protect the planet on International Volunteer HQ’s unique New Zealand volunteer abroad program. Choose from two New Zealand volunteer projects, including Coastline Conservation and Education and Environmental Education. Volunteer work in New Zealand is based in the city of Auckland, which is located in the North Island and lined with beautiful beaches. With affordable Program Fees and top rated volunteer projects trusted by over 135,000 travellers, IVHQ is the best volunteer organisation in New Zealand.

  • Coastline Conservation and Education project available year-round
  • Program Fees from AU$1729 for 2 weeks
  • Includes airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, breakfast and lunch (monday to friday) and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a dormitory style hostel, located next to one of Auckland’s impressive dormant volcanos

  • Projects based around Auckland’s coastline, beaches and schools

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Key information

Fully hosted experience from AU$1729
Volunteer from 2 - 12 weeks
Ages 18+ and families
Based along Auckland's coastline
Projects align with UN Sustainable Development Goals
Impact driven projects run by locals
B Corporation certified organization
Endless outdoor adventures & nature

Volunteer opportunities in New Zealand

Conserves the environment

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from AU$1729

  • Duration: 2 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Based around Auckland
  • Volunteers aged 18+ and families

Keep New Zealand's coastline beautiful and protect native wildlife by helping run beach clean-ups and raising awareness about plastic pollution. You'll also have the chance to facilitate education programs and training workshops within the local community, working towards a cleaner and greener future.

What recent volunteers said about their IVHQ experience

Patricia Rivera
29 Feb 2024

It was an amazing experience!

Sherri Knobloch
20 Dec 2023

Awesome experience!

Else Strong
20 Dec 2023

I would definitely recommend volunteering with Sustainable Coastlines and IVHQ!

Louis Wilson
20 Dec 2023

I feel like I have grown as a person by stepping out of my comfort zone and joining a program that I knew little about and I feel like I have really grown in confidence.

Felicitas Beuchel
06 Dec 2023

It was such an incredible experience and I learned so much about protecting the environment and especially the ocean. You need to be open to new experiences as this project broadens your horizon and you work with a lot of amazing people.

Teresina was really helpful, as she was always making sure we all were doing well- it was a pleasure having her as my in-country coordinator. Also, the rest of the team was always nice and made us feel welcome.

Zachary King
07 Dec 2022

I learned so much more than I thought I would about the different types of trash that litter the New Zealand beaches. I think it is really cool how the program addresses the issue by collecting and entering data into a global database on the types/amounts of trash we find on the beaches, so that the most impactful environmental laws/regulations can be proposed and supported using data that we have contributed to. I feel that I am actually doing really important work and not just picking up litter. One of my first days on the program, we had gone to one of the beaches and collected an astonishing 600+ firework casings and shells. The program is very engaging and inclusive and I found myself eager to start working each day. There is also plenty of time on the weekends to visit some iconic New Zealand tourist attractions, like Hobbiton and Glow Worm caves. I am very happy that I decided on the New Zealalnd program and I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking to do environmentally impactful volunteer work and have a fun adventurous time doing it!


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