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

Port Hills volunteer planting; photo Neil MacBeth.

The volunteer programme restores and maintains native forest in designated areas of the Port Hills. Volunteers plant native trees each winter and maintain them in spring and autumn to reduce competition from grass.

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.

Winter planting 2021

Date Reserve Time
Saturday 5 June Bowenvale / Huntsbury 1pm to 3pm
Saturday 12 June Dry Bush  1pm to 3pm
Saturday 31 July - to be confirmed mid-July Barnett Park 1pm to 3pm

Spring maintenance 2021

Keen to help native plants survive the summer? Join us next spring for our maintenance days.

Date Reserve Time
Sat 25 September To be confirmed 1pm to 3pm
Saturday 2 Oct Bowenvale / Huntsbury 1pm to 3pm
Saturday 9 Oct Dry Bush 1pm to 3pm
Saturday 16 Oct To be confirmed 1pm to 3pm
  • Weather appropriate clothing – layers, rain jacket, hat
  • Sturdy footwear for hill work
  • Gardening gloves
  • Hedge clippers (if you have your own but these will also be provided)
  • Water bottle and a snack

Dry Bush

Park at the top of Huntsbury Avenue, and walk up Huntsbury Track to Dry Bush. Or park on the Summit Road and walk down Huntsbury Track to Dry Bush. There is no parking on the track.

Bowenvale Reserve (Huntsbury)

Meet at 20 Swanton Drive, Huntsbury. Park on the street close to this location, but please keep access ways clear for residents.

For more information email Parks.Volunteers@ccc.govt.nz or contact our park ranger Fiona on 027 506 1425 or fiona.fenton@ccc.govt.nz.