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


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

February 27, 2018

Candid Camera Captures Kākāriki - Video of First Bay of Islands Wild-Raised Kākāriki in 50 Years

In what’s thought to be the first time ever, Project Island Song has captured some remarkable video recordings of the first wild-raised kākāriki chicks in the Bay of Islands…
February 13, 2018

Duvaucel’s Geckos Return to Ipipiri

The rainy summer may be dampening the spirits of our visiting tourists but it’s great weather for geckos and put a big smile on the face of Project Island Song’s Project…
October 31, 2017
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Threatened Species Ambassador Nicola Toki as Guest Speaker at AGM

Threatened Species Ambassador Nicola Toki as Guest Speaker at AGM Thursday November 2nd.
October 25, 2017

AGM 6:30pm 2nd November Copthorne Hotel Waitangi

Full details:
June 20, 2017

Bringing The Kakariki Home

We’d like to update everyone on yet another very successful Project Island Song native bird reintroduction. 40 kākāriki, the native red crowned parakeet, were the latest…
May 17, 2017

Planting volunteers needed! Urupukapuka Island

When: Sunday 28th May 2017Where: Urupukapuka IslandGuardians of the Bay of Islands needs help to plant 1500 native plants at a new site at Urupukapuka Bay and, for the third…

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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