Habitat restoration, pest control and species reintroduction on the seven pest-free islands of Ipipiri, Eastern Bay of Islands, New Zealand

The project: building an eco-sanctuary


And experience the beauty of these islands first hand

Native species reintroduced
Sixteen more planned


31,000 native trees planted by volunteers
Weekly volunteer weed-busting programme

Habitat Restoration

Educating future generations
to care for the environment

Floating classrooms

Bringing back the birdsong
to the islands of Ipipiri

Note by note


Eco-Sanctuary, Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Project Island Song is an eco-sanctuary. The seven main islands in the eastern Bay of Islands have been pest mammal free since 2009, and the natural eco-systems are being restored. Bringing back birdsong to the islands, note by note. Thousands of trees have been planted, and five rare and endangered species have been reintroduced. Many more species are planned. In this eco-sanctuary you can discover the home of some of the world’s most fascinating and rare wildlife.

Project Island Song is a unique partnership between community group the Guardians of the Bay of Islands, Te Rawhiti hapū (Ngati Kuta and Patukeha) and the Department of Conservation. This partnership is dedicated to restoring ecological balance to the islands of the Eastern Bay of Islands (Ipipiri). Drawing together the energy, talent and culture of local people to bring the birdsong back to Ipipiri, note by note. Read more...


How you can get involved

Whether it’s getting your hands in the soil to plant a tree or making a financial contribution we’d love your support!!

Latest News

June 21, 2016

Weedbusting, summer 2016

Our Project Island Song summer weed-busting season on Urupukapuka finished at the end of April with the conclusion of Explore’s summer ferry service to Otehei Bay, and is now…
May 30, 2016

Successful Toutouwai release on Urupukapuka

On Sunday 29 May, Project Island Song released 30 toutouwai (North Island robins) in Entico Bay, Urupukapuka. This, the second of toutouwai translocations to Ipipiri, was the…
May 18, 2016
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The toughest incursion season yet

The pest-free islands of Ipipiri, Bay of Islands, are becoming a mecca for birdlife. Since the eradication in 2009, tomtit, fantail and tui are thriving in the absence of…
May 07, 2016

Popokotea released to Moturua and Urupukapuka Islands

On Saturday 23 April, Project Island Song partners, supporters and volunteers celebrated the successful release of 80 pōpokotea/whitehead to two of the main islands of…
April 15, 2016

Popokotea & Toutouwai Release to Ipipiri Autumn 2016

This autumn we welcome the translocation of two species of native bird – popokotea (whitehead) and toutouwai (North Island robin) to two of the islands of Ipipiri, Moturua…
March 28, 2016
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Rats found on pest-free islands

Ipipiri/Eastern Bay of Islands have been pest-free since 2009. Our pest response was tested recently when several rats were detected during routine monitoring on the islands.…

Thank you to our supporters!

Project Island Song is reliant on funders and sponsors to keep us on the path to achieving our vision. Thank you to all those who have contributed in various ways, including the provision of free travel for volunteers going to the islands, funding project work, sponsoring volunteer lunches on planting days and much, much more. With your support we can bring the islands of Ipipiri alive again with the sound of native New Zealand birdsong.


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