The volunteer programme restores and maintains native forest in designated areas of the Port Hills.

Port Hills volunteer planting; photo Neil MacBeth.

What to expect

Join Christchurch City Council Rangers for planting and maintenance days across the seasons in our unique and stunning Port Hills.

Volunteers plant native trees each winter and maintain them in spring and autumn to reduce competition from grass.

While less glamorous than planting, 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.

What to bring

  • Weather appropriate clothing – layers, rain jacket, hat
  • Sturdy footwear
  • If you can, gardening gloves and hedge clippers (but these will also be provided)
  • Water bottle and a snack.

Where to meet

Due to limited parking at the sites, we will be carpooling from Victoria Park. Meet at the car park behind Victoria Park Visitor Centre no later than 12.45pm.

The exception is planting days at Bowenvale Reserve – please park at 20 Swanton Drive.

Meeting point.


For more information email or contact Fiona on 027 506 1425 or

Volunteer days

 Mahoe-nui maintenance days

Help Park Rangers, Forest and Bird(external link) and Sumner Environment Group(external link) to restore native bush to this reserve behind Sumner:

  • Saturday 9 November, 9.15am to 11.30am

Meet at 9am on the corner of Wakefield Ave and Colenso Street in Sumner to car pool to the site.