Community Planting Days

Community planting days are a great chance to head out to a beautiful location, get your hands dirty and enjoy a morning in the fresh air. You will see first hand where plants from the nursery end up and help to rebuild native habitats one plant at a time. 

Absolutely everyone is welcome, no experience is required, and our core volunteers will be on hand to show you how it’s done. Your help will make a difference and you will leave your mark on the Whakatipu landscape for years to come.

WHAT TO BRING: Gardening gloves, shovel (if you have one),  sturdy footwear, water, sunscreen & a hat.  


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.