The volunteer planting programme restores native forest to designated areas of the Port Hills. About 3000 native trees are planted by volunteers each winter. The plants are maintained in spring and autumn to reduce competition from grass.

Port Hills volunteer maintenance work day.

Impact of fire

The restoration plantings at Marleys Hill, Mt Ada and Kennedys Bush are gone, and those at Thompsons Reserve are badly burnt. Since 2000 volunteers have planted 55,500 trees - we have lost 6,500 trees to the fire. We will replant these sites this winter and we look forward to having your support and help to heal the Port Hills.

What to bring

  • Clothes for all weather, sun hat or woolly hat
  • Sturdy boots
  • Gloves and a spade

Autumn maintenance days

Bring a friend to 'free a tree' from weeds. Maintenance is the most critical part of ecological restoration success. Without regular maintenance for the first three years, plants wouldn't survive due to grass competition.

Please bring a plate of finger food to share; drinks will be provided.

Date Time Location Where to meet

18 March

1pm to 3pm

Dry Bush

Meet at the top of Huntsbury Avenue

25 March

1pm to 4pm

Eastside Bush

Meet at Victoria Park car park (behind Visitor Centre)

Winter post-fire planting days

There will be 12 public planting days, four at each of the burnt sites. Dates are listed below; including postponement days in case of bad weather.

Information on how to register for these planting days will be posted on this page within the next two weeks, please check back for updates.

For any queries, please contact Ranger Di Carter, di.carter@ccc.govt.nz

The Mahoe-nui Restoration Project is another opportunity to lend a hand on the Port Hills.

Date Time Location Postponement date

Thursday 25 May

1pm to 3pm

Kennedys Bush

Friday 26 May 1pm to 3pm

Saturday 27 May

1pm to 3pm

Marleys Hill

Sunday 28 May 1pm to 3pm

Saturday 10 June

1pm to 3pm

Mt Ada

Sunday 11 June 1pm to 3pm

Wednesday 14 June

9.30am to 11.30am

Kennedys Bush

Wednesday 21 June 9.30am to 11.30am

Saturday 17 June

1pm to 3pm

Kennedys Bush

Sunday 18 June 1pm to 3pm

Thursday 22 June

1pm to 3pm

Marleys Hill

Friday 23 June 1pm to 3pm

Saturday 24 June

1pm to 3pm

Marleys Hill

Sunday 25 June 1pm to 3pm

Thursday 29 June

1pm to 3pm

Mt Ada Friday 30 June 1pm to 3pm

Saturday 1 July

9.30am to 11.30am

Kennedys Bush Saturday 8 July 9.30am to 11.30am

Saturday 15 July

9.30am to 11.30am

Mt Ada Saturday 22 July 9.30am to 11.30am

Saturday 29 July

9.30am to 11.30am

Marleys Hill Saturday 5 August 9.30am to 11.30am

Saturday 5 August

1pm to 3pm

Mt Ada Saturday 12 August 1pm to 3pm

Victoria Park planting day

Date Time Location Contact
26 August 10am to 12noon

Victoria Park

Robbie Hewson 027 459 2891 or Robbie.Hewson@ccc.govt.nz

Spring maintenance days

Date Time Location Where to meet
7 October 1pm to 3pm

Marleys Hill

Top of Worsleys Rd (off Summit Rd, west of Sign of the Kiwi)

14 October 1pm to 3pm

Bowenvale

Huntsbury Track entrance on Summit Road

28 October

1pm to 3pm

Dry Bush

Car park behind Victoria Park Visitor Centre

4 November

1pm to 3pm

Eastside Bush

Car park behind Victoria Park Visitor Centre

Contact

If you would like to receive a newsletter and reminder of events please contact Di Carter or e-mail di.carter@ccc.govt.nz.

Directions to sites

Site Directions
Bowenvale Reserve

Huntsbury access.

From Centaurus Road, turn onto Major Aitken Drive. Near the top, turn right into Kenmure Drive, and right into Swanton Drive.Or, if coming from the east, drive up Huntsbury Ave and turn right into Major Aitken Drive, left into Kenmure Drive and right into Swanton Drive.

Park near 20 Swanton Drive where there is a small council strip of land to access Bowenvale Reserve. Follow the signs and the pink flagging tape.

Marleys Hill

Drive to the Sign of the Kiwi at the top of Dyers Pass Road. Turn right onto the Summit Road and drive westwards for 1.6 km. Turn right onto Worsleys Road and drive up the hill to road end and parking area.

The restoration site is a 5 minute walk up Marleys Hill 4x4 track, then a few zig-zags down the mountain bike track. Follow the signs and the pink flagging tape.

Dry Bush

Drive to the Sign of the Kiwi at the top of Dyers Pass Road. Turn left onto the Summit Road and drive eastwards for 3.6km.

Meet in the layby at the top of Huntsbury Track on the Summit Road by the cattlestop. The restoration site is a 5 minute walk down Huntsbury Track.

Reuter Reserve

Meet at Victoria Park (as for Eastside instructions) to car pool, as there is minimal parking at the Reuter Reserve site. We will travel in convoy to Reuter Reserve.

Eastside Bush

Drive to the Sign of the Takahe, turn left into Hackthorne Road and sharp right into Victoria Park Road. Drive 1 km into the park and follow the road around the back of the hill to the carpark at the rear of the Visitor Centre.

The restoration site is a 5 – 10 min walk – follow the signs and the pink flagging tape.