Department Of Conservation
DOC’s mission statement:
To conserve New Zealand’s nature and historic heritage
for all to enjoy now and in the future.
Ko ta Te Papa Atawhai he whakaute he tiaki I nga taonga koiora me nga
taonga tuku ibo bei painga mo te katoa inaianei, mo ake tonu ake.
Kawau Island Historic Reserve Project
Kawau Island in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf was the site of one of New Zealand’s earliest mining ventures. Later it became the island home of Sir George Grey, one of New Zealand’s most influential and controversial political figures.
The Kawau Island Historic Reserve was created to protect Mansion House, Sir George Grey’s former home, and the gardens and landscape he created, together with sites and relics from the historic copper industry. The reserve is a popular destination for visitors arriving by ferry or pleasure craft. The island remains an exotic gem in the middle of the Hauraki Gulf. Mansion House and the extensive gardens surrounding it, were bought by the Government and became part of the Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park in 1967. Ten years later work began restoring the house and grounds to the form they were given under Sir George Grey.
Today about 10 percent of the island is protected as publicly owned reserves managed by the Department of Conservation. The remainder of the island is privately owned with a small resident population.
Kawau offers a unique experience amongst DOC volunteer opportunities – its focus is on historic values and visitor facilities.
Your stay of 5 days will enable you to help with the presentation of Mansion House and the grounds. You will be inside working amongst the 19th Century furnishings and antiques, and outside in the historic gardens. Tasks may include housework, gardening, beach cleanups and track maintenance. Accommodation is in the ground near Mansion House. Transport is via the “Kawau Kat” from Sandspit. Assistance with travel may be available. A low to medium fitness level is required plus patience and care required to handle antique and historic objects.