West Coast Conservation Experience New Zealand

Trip Highlights

  • Incredible volunteering opportunity for those who wish to travel to New Zealand for a short duration
  • Exploring the spectacular limestone karst formations and ancient temperate coastal rainforests of the rugged Paparoa National Park 
  • Helping to protect and restore habitat for vulnerable Westland Petrel colonies in Te Ara Tāiko Nature Reserve 
  • Experiencing the famous Pancake Rocks and Putai blow hole 
  • Visiting a fur seal colony in Tauranga Bay, Westport 
  • Traversing Arthur’s Pass, the highest and most spectacular mountain pass across the Southern Alps 


Be a volunteer for this amazing Conservation Program in New Zealand with Volunteering Solutions, and learn through your experiences. You'll be working at Punakaiki, which is the gateway to the dramatic limestone country of the Paparoa National Park and the famous Pancake Rocks and blowholes, in the rugged and wild West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. Being a volunteer, you'll contribute to the Punakaiki Coastal Restoration Project which aims to restore native forest habitat for the vulnerable seabird, the Westland Petrel.

The Westland Petrel is one of New Zealand’s unique bird species with its only breeding location confined to a 5 km area in the foothills of the Paparoa Range. Westland Petrels return to their colonies to breed from April to October and can be viewed at dusk and dawn from the project site.

This volunteer and travel program enables you to explore some of the most incredible scenery on offer in New Zealand, taking you along the Arthur’s Pass alpine highway and the Coastal Road of the West Coast. A perfect choice for travelers, backpackers, gap year students and those who are keen to experience a short term volunteering - this is the best way to serve Mother Nature.



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