Important notice: Earthwise Valley closed in 2010 due to the unexpected passing of one of its founders. This site is maintained as-is in tribute to the many volunteers who lent their time and energy to the Valley.

Residential Volunteering

Earthwise Valley is essentially a volunteer organization. Without the continuous contribution of volunteers, the project would not be possible. If you are interested in living sustainably and experiencing a beautiful area of New Zealand, whilst taking part in adventure recreation and sharing your experiences with people from around the world, then read on!

While we also encourage locals to get involved, the majority of our volunteers are people from all over the planet who choose to come and stay with us and help out. Please do take a look around the rest of the website to find out more about what we are trying to achieve here, and check out the news section to keep up to date with our latest progress.

Earthwise is located in the Coromandel Peninsula, and feels quite remote, though we're only 22km from Coromandel township and a three hour drive from Auckland. The balance between seclusion and access is ideal.


A typical Valley week has 3-4 project days, 1-2 adventure recreation days, and a 'free-day'. Projects range across habitat building, sustainable production, bush restoration and more. These projects include organic gardening, tree-planting, mulching, wildlife monitoring, carpentry, and much more.

Our adventure recreation trips run continuously throughout the North Island of New Zealand and take us to some of the best places in the area for a variety of activities like hiking and sea kayaking. Valley recreation also involves gentler activities like reading, board games, yoga, meditation, art and music.

So you can expect a great mix of activities, plus time to really build new friendships and make a home in a unique place on the Planet. We think THREE MONTHS is an ideal length of time to sample what the Valley has to offer! Take a look through the rest of this section of our website to find out what is involved in our residential volunteering scheme, and how to apply.

Who Is Suitable?

If you can answer ‘yes’ to most of the following questions, then you are!

What Past Volunteers Say About Us

Here's a few things some of our past volunteers have to say about the volunteering with us...

“Can't imagine a more beautiful place or people in the World” ~ Julie K., California, USA

“The only place in the World where I've ever felt happy or complete 100% of the time” ~ Charlie C., United Kingdom

“I have gained much of my inspiration for a sustainable lifestyle from you guys!” ~ Eliot E., Los Angeles, USA

“I can’t thank you enough for all that you taught me, all that you gave to me and all that you opened my eyes to.” ~ Kate D., MA, USA (and Anna, UK)

You can read many more testimonials from past volunteers here!

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