EcoQuest provides professional ecological monitoring services for local councils, restoration trusts, NGOs, landowners and land managers. Our extensive experience ranges from species-specific work to ecosystem-management approaches. We have an established track record conducting ecological monitoring since 1999, in a variety of ecosystems, from the mountains to the sea. 

EcoQuest offers courses that fit with its vision: Catalysts for Sustainability. We have a strong focus on ecology, food systems, and sustainable resource management. Our interdisciplinary approach typically considers different aspects of our natural and built environments (including culture, socio-economic and political). Our place-based education suits a diversity of learners.

EcoQuest is committed to good environmental outcomes. Community engagement is essential in all aspects of learning and research. We have well-established relationships with many people and entities close to the Whakatiwai Field Centre and in the Top of the South. When travelling for courses and programs, we reach out for genuine engagement to contribute to local communities.  

Venue Hire & Accommodation

Our field centre in Whakatiwai is available for group bookings for training, corporate team building, off-site meetings etc.

Who We Work With

We have carried out projects for a range of people and organisations including private landowners, iwi, restoration trusts and local authorities.

EcoQuest Te Rarangahau Taiao

EcoQuest has carried out ecological research and delivered programmes in ecology, restoration, environmental policy and sustainability for more than 20 years. More recently we have added a programme in sustainable agriculture and food systems.

A key focus has been providing education and directed research for undergraduate students in partnership with the University of New Hampshire in the USA (; Over 1000 students have completed these programmes.

We offer courses and workshops for domestic students, as well as outreach and contract services (research, monitoring and education).

We are based in Whakatīwai on the Wharekawa coast, bordering the Auckland and Waikato regions. We work throughout Aoteaora.

Our staff are highly skilled in monitoring & research to support ecological restoration, maintenance of biodiversity, community outreach and sustainable land use. 

Contact us to discuss how we can help with your project.

News from the Field...

Building a Nation of Curious Minds

We are excited to have the opportunity to bring science alive through place-based learning with students/ākonga from the Te Kauwhata College in the Waikato, Whakatane Intermediate and Te Kura o TeRead more

Shellfish Survey Wharekawa Harbour

Members of the EcoQuest whānau whānui joined staff for several days in February, for this years' shellfish survey -  our 13th year running!  Wharekawa is one of many hot-spots where the HaurakiRead more

Students still 'buzzing' after Waitakaruru School Camp

Last week the Kea Class from Waitakaruru School spent a couple of days on Science Camp at EcoQuest. The energy, generosity and caring for Te Taiao and for each other that the students, teachers andRead more

Avonside School Science Camp

During the April school holidays we had the pleasure of hosting a team of year 12 & 13 students and their teachers from Avonside Girls' High School. The great energy of the group, and theRead more

First Science Taster Programme a winner!

EcoQuest enjoyed the last working week of 2020 hosting our field ecology program for senior high school students. Our first Experience Ecology in Action summer program brought year 12 and 13 studentsRead more

Kayak Bird Survey

Just over a week ago, our Ecology team took on an exciting new endeavour in the North Island: surveying birds from tandem kayaks in the northern Tauranga harbour.  This was a great success. In justRead more