Jean Malpas Community Nursery

Our Community Nursery is the heart of our operations. Each year we propagate and grow approximately 10,000 native plants to support reforestation efforts at our planting sites


Join us at one of our regular volunteer sessions at the nursery.  No previous experienced is required, and you don’t need a green thumb!  Through the winter months we are open on (most) Wednesday afternoons, when the sun is streaming into the nursery and the soil is warm.

Winter Hours (May-Aug): 1.00pm – 4.00pm

Please note that we are closed on 6th, 13th & 20th July.

Location: Jean Malpas Community Nursery, Poplar Drive, Jardine Park, Kelvin Heights.

Community Planting Days

Each spring and autumn we invite our community to help plant native plants at our keystone sites. To date, we have planted over 65,000 natives throughout the Whakatipu Basin, with over 5000 plants ready for our next planting season.


Join us this spring as we continue working together to restore our indigenous ecosystems. Spring community planting days start on September 3rd, with planting events happening around the community every weekend until mid October.  We invite everyone to join us as we take action to restore a flourishing natural environment.  Click here for directions (leaf icons). PS – you don’t need to have a green thumb!

Keystone Site Planting Days

WRT’s Keystone Sites are our large, multi-year planting projects on public land.  These areas will ultimately form biodiversity island and corridors, providing food and habitat for our native birds, lizards and invertebrates.

Sat 3rd September – Whitechapel Reserve, Arrow Junction (1500 native trees & shrubs) (followed by Community BBQ)
Sat 10th September – Bush Creek, behind Chinese Village (750 native trees & shrubs)
Sat 17th September – Mill Creek Tributary, Slope Hill Road (off Speargrass Flats Road) (1000 native trees & shrubs) (followed by Community BBQ)

Other Community Planting Days

Around the district, various community groups & conservation organisations also planting native trees and shrubs at local parks and reserves, as well as undertaking landscape scale ecosystem restoration projects.

Sat 24th September – Quail Rise Community Planting, Jim’s Way, Quail Rise (300 native trees & shrubs) (run by Friends of Quail Rise)
Sun 2nd October – Arrowtown Beech Party, Sawpit Gully Arrowtown (2000 native trees & shrubs) (run by Arrowtown Choppers)
Sat 8th October – Tucker Beach Wildlife Reserve Community Planting day (1000 native trees & shrubs) (run by Friends of Tucker Beach Wildlife Reserve)
Sat 15th October – Coronet Faces (Mahu Whenua) (10,000 native trees & shrubs) (run by Te Tapu o Tāne | Project Crimson, and supported by WRT)

Event details on WRT’s Facebook page.

Latest News

No Trace Events – Be the change you want to see in the world.

Last year, Sebastian, Alejandro & Charlie – the founding partners of No Trace Events – visited our Community Nursery to learn about our history, our work and our vision.  They had a fledgling idea to bring beautiful music to beautiful… Read more »

Newsletter Signup

Join our mailing list to keep up to date with news, community planting days and latest developments...

Our Supporters

We would not exist without the amazing support from organisations and individuals who support us financially and through volunteer hours.

Trees That Count
Queenstown Airport
Jean Malpas
Leslie Hutchins Conservation Foundation