Tributaries of the Otukaikino River provide potential valuable trout spawning reaches. These areas are being enhanced and protected.

Volunteer at Styx River

What to expect

Join Council rangers in some of our stunning regional parks across the city for community planting days to help with park maintenance.

The Styx Living Laboratory Trust(external link) runs regular working bees focusing on biodiversity monitoring. The Trust was set up in 2002 to develop Styx Mill into a living laboratory focused on learning and research in the Styx River catchment.

What to bring

  • Weather appropriate clothing – layers, rain jacket, hat
  • Sturdy boots or gumboots
  • Gardening gloves
  • Water bottle and snack

Regular working bees

Bird monitoring programme(external link)

  • First Saturday of every month, 9am

Meet in the Styx Mill Conservation Reserve car park, off Styx Mill Road.

Bring sturdy outdoor clothing and footwear in case conditions are wet and muddy. If you can, bring a pen and paper, binoculars and a camera/phone.

For more information contact

  Water quality monitoring programme(external link)

  • Third Saturday of every month, 10am

Meet at the Styx Trust laboratory, located inside the Ranger Base at 130 Hussey Road, Harewood.(external link)

Bring sturdy outdoor clothing and footwear in case conditions are wet and muddy. You will be given instructions on how to take water samples, measurements and observations, and be paired with another volunteer.

Register your attendance by emailing

Freshwater invertebrate monitoring programme(external link)

Monitoring freshwater invertebrate is important in determining changes in habitat, aquatic plants and invertebrate over time.

This programme was active up until the earthquakes and is currently looking for enthusiastic assistance to get restarted. If you can help, contact the Trust(external link).

Community planting days

 The Groynes

Join Council rangers and Trees for Canterbury(external link) in a community planting day focused on native planting in the Groynes.
(external link)

  • Sunday 25 August 2019, 10.30am to 12.30pm

Meet at No 2 picnic area [PDF, 667 KB], follow the signs from the main entrance.

Find out more information or register your interest at

 Styx Mill community planting day

Join Christchurch City Council Rangers and Trees for Canterbury(external link) in a community planting event to restore Styx Mill Conservation Reserve. A BBQ will follow the event.

  • The 2019 event has passed. Please join us in 2020, date to be confirmed.

Meet in the Hussey Road car park and look for signs directing you to the planting site.

For more information contact John Parry on (03) 941 7550, 0274 754 750 or