The volunteer planting programme restores native forest to designated areas of the Port Hills. Volunteers plant native trees each winter and maintain them in spring and autumn to reduce competition from grass.

Port Hills volunteer planting; photo Neil MacBeth.

Spring maintenance days

Bring a friend and help us '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.

Bring clothes and a hat for all weather events and wear sturdy footwear.

Gloves and hedge clippers will be provided or you can bring your own.

Dates and locations of our Spring maintenance days will be confirmed later in the year.


Dry Bush

Drive to Sign of the Kiwi on Dyers Pass Road. Turn left onto the Summit Road and drive east for approximately 3.6km. Meet in the layby at the top of the Huntsbury Track, by a cattlestop on the Summit Road. The restoration site is a 5 minute walk down Huntsbury Track, follow the signs and flagging tape.


From Centaurus Road, turn onto Major Aitken Drive. Near the top turn right into Kenmure Drive and then right into Swanton Drive. Park near 20 Swanton Drive where there is a small council strip of land providing access to Bowenvale Reserve. Follow the signs and flagging tape.

Eastside Bush

Drive to the Sign of the Takahe, turn left into Hackthorne Road and take a sharp right into Victoria Park Road. Drive 1km 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 minute walk, follow the signs and the flagging tape.


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