Celebrating 10 Years

Jean Malpas Community Nursery

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

Community Nursery Volunteering (weekly sessions)

Opening Hours:  Every Wednesday morning from 9.00  am- 12.00 noon (drop in style).
What to bring:  Gardening gloves, water, hat & sunscreen.
Location: Jean Malpas Community Nursery, Poplar Drive, Jardine Park, Kelvin Heights.
No gardening experience required | Morning tea provided

Community Planting Days

Each spring and autumn we invite our community to help plant native trees & shrubs at our keystone sites. Since 2015, we have planted over 80,000 natives throughout the Whakatipu Basin.  Our sites are thriving examples of successful ecological restoration, providing habitat and food for our native birds, insects & invertebrates.

Keystone Site Planting Days

Our Keystone Sites are large, multi-year planting projects on public land. Our vision is to create wildlife corridors that will, in turn, attract native birds, lizards & invertebrates back into the basin, significantly enhancing the biodiversity of the region.  Below are dates for our volunteer community planting days in autumn 2024. 

All planting days are drop-in style between 9am – 12 noon.

Sat 6th April – Whitechapel Reserve, Whitechapel Road, Arrow Junction (followed by Community BBQ).  Parking:  adjacent to planting site.

Sat 13th April – Lake Hayes Pavilion (1500 plants).  Parking at Lake Hayes Pavilion.

Sat 20th April– Lake Hayes South infill planting (500 plants).  Parking at Lake Hayes Pavilion then walk back along the track to the planting site.  Suitable for experienced volunteers only. 

Sat 27th April – Slope Hill Recreation Reserve (1000 plants).  Planting site is approximately 1km along Slope Hill Road (access of Speargrass Flat Road ONLY) – on the right hand side of the bike trail.  Parking :  look for WRT flag on the left. 

Latest News

4th April 2024

Welcome to Katherine Durman, new Chair of the Whakatipu Reforestation Trust

A climate action specialist with a track record in developing impactful environmental programmes, Katherine is well-positioned to continue Neill’s leadership of the WRT.

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23rd February 2024

Slope Hill Reserve Planting Sessions

The Whakatipu Reforestation Trust is joining forces with Mana Tāhuna for a week-long series of community planting events at Slope Hill Reserve. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to a living legacy, one of the Basin’s largest restoration projects… Read more »

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26th January 2024

Now we are ten.

What better time to reflect on beginnings than a nice round birthday? In March we reach a full decade of restoring native biodiversity to the Whakatipu Basin. From its steep mountains to its braided rivers, this unique place once contained… Read more »

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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