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POSTPONED - Motuihe Island Tree Planting, Hauraki Gulf - kid & teen friendly event

  • 19 Sep 2021
  • 9:00 AM
  • Pier Z, Westhaven Drive, Westhaven Marina, Auckland City - NO BUS THIS WEEK
  • Postponed due to Delta Level  4

  • Ferry:     RED BOATS (not Fullers this time)
    * Ferry departs Pier Z at 9.00am Auckland City (Only)  * Return from Motuihe Island during the winter 4.00 pm.

    Organiser:   Imogen - PLEASE ALL MEMBERS & NEWBIES, please me to let me know you'd like to attend, so I can add you to my contact list for numbers, for anymore last minute changes!!

    Phone: 027 289 8440 (ALL newbies please phone, no text please)
    Date:  Sunday 19th September
    Time:   9.00am sharp departure   (NO BUS THIS WEEK!!)

    Helping Motuihe Island catch up on lost planting over the last two years whilst their wharf has been out of commission for boat docking and the very dry, short season last year, we're planting here this year to help them catch up.



    • The ferry return fares are:
    • Adults $38
    • Children (up to 16 years) $18
    • Gold card $30
    • Family pass $90 (2 adults, 2 children)
    • Website:
    • You need a credit card to make the on line booking.
      • VOLUNTEERS DISCOUNT to get the reduced fare of $33 because you are a volunteer, when you get to the pay page on The Red boat’s booking site, enter MOTVOL into the Promo code/voucher box.
      • The Red Boats will send you a booking confirmation via email. Take this with you to the ferry on the day of your trip.
    • Wear a mask on a public ferry, as currently required by law.  
  • 09 834 7337  & 0800 REDBOATS

Continuing our Club's annual give back to the environment of Motuihe Island over the Winter months, we're back again for 2021 & for those that have been many times a chance to see how well our baby trees from previous plantings are doing. 

  • What do I bring?
  • Wear old clothes suitable for gardening and CLEAN strong, flat shoes. Bring CLEAN gardening gloves if you have them.  They have some available and we have gumboots to lend out. Bring your lunch and water, we provide tea, coffee, Milo. Rain protection or sun protection depending on the day. Everything you bring must be in a zipped up bag.  Your shoes must be clean.

It's very well organised, so there is choice of planting, or working in the nursery and then after the yummy bbq sausages and tea and coffee that the organisers provide at lunchtime, we usually head off to one of the tracks to spot many native birds and if really lucky sunbathing Tuatara's before heading back down to catch the ferry home! 

  • What does the work involve?
  • After walking from the wharf to the nursery (approx.10 mins) you will be divided into groups of 6 or 8 people with a leader. The plants may have to be prepared for planting with roots untangled. The plants will be loaded on to the trailer and you will walk out to the planting site. (How far will vary but nowhere on Motuihe is steep or very far away).  Volunteers will work in pairs, one digging the hole and the other placing the plant in the hole with the fertilizer tab. The earth will then be returned and firmed down. It is critically important that we only plant in designated sites, your leader will show you where and how to plant. We will keep working for approx. 2 to 2.1/2 hours before walking back to the nursery for lunch. After lunch you will have time to explore the island.  Very easy, rewarding work. 

(Cancellations:  Subject to weather - please ring Red Boats after 7 am on the day to check for cancellations.  Important over winter months, if the weather is really inclement.  We've often still gone to the island on a wild day and had an amazing time).  

Bring your camera/phone as the sea views all around you on this little island are gorgeous! 

**  Non-members we will try to gather at Westhaven before getting on board, otherwise gather on the island when they do their island welcome & bio-security talk.  

Very importantly, read the below link for Island Bio-Security to protect this treasure island).

  • Cancellations
  • If the trip is cancelled due to lack of passengers or because of the weather The Red Boats will contact you via a text and an email. They will offer you a credit for another ferry date or a refund back to your credit card.  

Finding Z Pier (see map below)
If driving, there is a pay and display carpark at Z pier. Park inside the white lines. On Sunday mornings there is often free parking in the surrounding streets, particularly Westhaven Drive. If coming by bus, there are bus stops a short walk from Z pier on Fanshawe Street near Victoria Park.
Bio Security
Remember to bring your gear in a zipped up/closed up bag and check that the soles of your shoes are clean. Motuihe is a Treasure Island and we must be careful not to bring any seeds, insects etc with us.

(Please note newbies, this tree planting does not qualify as a full day trip for membership applications, as we're only tramping part of the day).

Ministry of Health Covid-19 Guidelines:

" Please stay at home if you are feeling unwell or you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

 Please follow Government guidelines on self-isolating

*  You are welcome to use your face mask and hand sanitiser. 
*  There are COVID-19 QR codes available for scanning.

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