Get Involved

The Whakatipu Reforestation Trust thrives on the goodwill and hard work of our volunteers. Volunteers help us turn our vision into a reality, one plant at a time.

Whether you have lived in the Queenstown-Lakes area all your life or are visiting for a short time, we would love to show you what we do and to get you involved.

Ways You Can Volunteer

WRT Community Nursery

Community Nursery Sessions

We welcome volunteers to our community nursery to help with all aspects of growing our native plants from eco sourced seeds. 

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 plants at our keystone sites. To date, we have planted over 70,000 natives throughout the Whakatipu Basin, with 5,000 plants now ready for our autumn 2023 planting season.

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. 


Volunteered Services

We welcome volunteers who can contribute their own expertise and help in other ways. For example by providing: 

 Photography    Writing   Artwork   Spraying   Using Scrub-bar   Fundraising   Engineering   Building

WRT Community Planting Days

Become a Planting Partner

We can provide plants and support to other groups who take on the planting and management of sites on public land throughout the Whakatipu Basin.

We’d love to hear from you, your business, community association, community group or school if you are interested in taking on a planting site.

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