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

The project: building a wildlife 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

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Teaming with wildlife

Wildlife Sanctuary, Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Project Island Song is a wildlife 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 wildlife 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...


Report a pest sighting

stoat with chick galleryPhoto: DoCIt is vital that the islands of Ipipiri remain pest free.

If you have seen a pest on the islands please call the island pest detection hotline immediately:

0800 362 468 ( 0800 DOC HOT)

Please follow up with an email to pest@projectislandsong.co.nz giving details of the sighting.


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

May 30, 2018

Thank you to the Joyce Fisher Charitable Trust

We would like to thank the Joyce Fisher Charitable Trust for their support, which will enable us to continue to teach and engage young people in conservation. We can't wait…
May 30, 2018

Welcome aboard Maddy!

What better way to welcome a newbie than by coercing them into wearing a furry full-body kiwi suit complete with leggings, on a hot summers day? Maddy joined us in March just…
May 11, 2018

Want to get your hands dirty and help restore the islands?

Planters needed in May and June Sunday 20th May- Urupukapuka IslandPlanting 1400 plants in old stock dam and stream valley Sunday 10th June- Urupukapuka IslandInfill planting…
May 11, 2018
planting days

Volunteer boat transport needed for planting on May 20th

If planting's not your thing, why not help out by being a volunteer transport champion! We have a big planting day coming up so we need extra boats to help transport…
May 02, 2018
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Work with us!

Project Island Song Education Facilitator An exciting opportunity has arisen for a skilled educator to facilitate and lead our unique education programme. We are looking for…
April 30, 2018

Biosecurity Insights: Skinks hitchin' a ride

Project Island Song is lucky to have good relationships with local tourist operators, especially because we rely on them to be our eyes and ears for any pest incursions in…

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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