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.  

NEW - Venue Hire & Accommodation

Our field centre in Whakatiwai is now 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.

As with many other businesses we're adapting to Covid-19 and turning our talents to providing ecology services and education in NZ.

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

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.

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