During the southern summer (November to April), the Pupu Rangi Nature Sanctuary opens its doors to explorers, volunteers, interns, and those interested in sleeping in a tree tent. 

As a reference, you can check the availability for the Conservation Volunteer and the Explorer programs in the calendar shown on this page. The new season starts on November 4, 2019.

Green dates indicate more than two places available, Yellow dates indicate less than three places available, Red indicates no availability. Please note that our programs start and end on Mondays only, the only exception being the last week of each month when the program ends on a Friday.

To ensure that you can secure a spot, we recommend that you make a booking for the Intern and long term Conservation Volunteer positions at least six months in advance, for a short term Volunteer position and the Explorer program at least two months in advance, and for the Tree Tent Experience at least one month in advance.

To apply for an internship (maximum two places available) or a long term volunteer position (more than three weeks in duration), please email us a motivation letter and a resume to [email protected] We will then invite you to a Skype/WhatsApp interview.

To apply for a short-term Conservation Volunteer position (three weeks or less), please email us your preferred start date and length of stay so we can confirm the availability and fee.

For last moment reservations, please email us and we will get back to you within 12 hours. 

Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for details on refunds and cancellations.

Conservation Volunteer Availability Calendar

Explorer Program

The Explorer program includes accommodation in the sanctuary (including two nights in a suspended tent from mid-December to the end of March), delicious meals, training, all of of the activities listed in the Explore section, and transfers to/from Whangarei. Programs start every Monday from November to March. The cost for the seven day Explorer Program is NZD 599 / EUR 349 / USD 390 (all taxes included). A NZD 100 deposit (non-refundable) is required to reserve a place in the program. Use the button below to reserve your place in the program and please remember to email us your start date and length of stay. Please remember that the following start dates are not available: November 24, December 22, December 29, 2019, January 26, February 23, 2020.

Guided Night Walk and Tree Tent Experience

This Experience includes a guided night walk in the forest, accommodation in a spacious suspended tent, dinner, and breakfast. You may participate in the Volunteer or Explorer activities that are scheduled during your stay.

The cost for a night in the sanctuary (between December and March) starts at NZD 200 / EUR 119 / USD 130 for one person or NZD 350 / EUR 200 / USD 230 for two persons (all taxes included).

The Pupu Rangi Nature Sanctuary is a not-for-profit organization and all of the proceeds from this program go towards the funding of the conservation efforts.

As a reference, you can check the availability for the Guided Night Walk and Tree Tent Stay program in the calendar shown below. The new season starts on December 17th, 2019.

Green dates indicate more than two places available, Yellow dates indicate less than one place available, Pink indicates no availability. A NZD 40 deposit (non-refundable) is required to reserve a place in the program. Use the button below to reserve your place in the program and please remember to email us your start date and length of stay.

Guided Night Walk and Tree Tent Stay Experience Availability Calendar

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