Get involved

There are many ways to get involved in the Southern Lakes Sanctuary. You can donate to us or support one of our local groups by volunteering or donating directly. Join us as a member or a business/organisational partner, or you can join our team by checking out our employment opportunities. Get updates from the Southern Lakes Sanctuary by joining our mailing list.


Our vision can only be achieved with the generous support of our donors and partners.

If you would like to support our work you are welcome to make a donation either with the donation form, or direct to our bank account.

For large donations or to discuss partnership opportunities please get in touch with our team.

Account name:  Southern Lakes Sanctuary Trust
Account number:  01-0867-0743106-00
Charity Register: CC59200

Please email us for more information or for a tax receipt.

Support our local groups directly

Forest and Bird

The Central Otago Lakes Branch of Forest & Bird have a volunteer trapping program in Makarora with volunteers car-sharing from Wānaka and Hawea, and planting projects around the region.

To volunteer or donate:

Matukituki Charitable Trust

Matukituki Catchment Animal Pest Control Project consists of four community groups that run trap lines along or adjacent to the Matukituki River. 

To volunteer or donate:

Routeburn Dart Wildlife Trust

Routeburn-Dart Wildlife Trust runs multiple trap-lines near Glenorchy focussing on the Routeburn, Dart and Rees rivers.

To volunteer or donate:

Wanaka Backyard Trapping

Wānaka Backyard Trapping provide traps for backyards in the Upper Clutha and run trapping lines on the Hawea-Gladstone Track, Albert Town Lagoon, Mt Iron, Wānaka and Luggate Creek.

To volunteer or donate:
W: @wanakabackyardtrapping

Whakatipu Wildlife Trust

Whakatipu Wildlife Trust is an umbrella for over 70 trapping groups in the Queenstown-Arrowtown area and greater catchment of Lake Whakatipu. 

To volunteer or donate:

Mahu Whenua

Mahu Whenua is New Zealand’s largest private conservation project, covering 136,000 acres of land.

For more information:


We are always on the lookout for aspirational businesses and organisations who share in our vision of a Predator Free Southern-Lakes. If you could help in any way please contact our team.


Occasionally we have vacancies for employment available. View current vacancies or get in touch if you would be interested in finding out about positions as and when they are available.

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