The Travis Wetland Trust was formed in 1992 and continues to work tirelessly for the protection of Christchurch’s largest freshwater wetland.

Travis Wetland volunteer Steve

Ōruapaeroa/Travis Wetland is the last large freshwater wetland in Christchurch and an important habitat for native wetland plants and birds. It is also a living example of the power of community volunteering.

The Christchurch City Council and the Travis Wetland Trust(external link) jointly organise a number of planting days and working bees that you can get involved in.

What to bring

  • Clothing to suit the season, e.g. sun hat, warm clothing, raincoat
  • Sturdy footwear, boots or gumboots
  • Gardening gloves


For more information, contact John Skilton on 027 496 8935, or email Travis Wetland Trust on

Travis Wetland Trust

The Travis Wetland Trust formed in 1992 with the goal of preserving and developing Travis Wetland as a nature heritage park for the education and enjoyment of all.

To stay up to date with the Trust's many events and campaigns, you can sign up to become a member and receive regular newsletters. 

Join the Christchurch City Council and Travis Wetland Trust for their monthly working bees focusing on planting, weeding and maintenance. 

  • Third Saturday of every month, 9am to 12.30pm

Meet at the Travis Wetland car park, off Beach Road.

Trees for Canterbury @ Travis Wetland

Join Trees for Canterbury, Travis Wetland Trust and Christchurch City Council Park Rangers for a planting event at Travis Wetland.

The plants donated by Trees for Canterbury will be planted to extend the dry/coastal forest adjacent to the Beach Road entrance. This forest will be a mix of Kanuka, Ngaio, Totara and small leaved Coprosma species. Over time this forest will provide habitat for a range of forest birds and invertebrates.

A BBQ lunch will follow. Bring along family, friends and a spade.

Date: Saturday 19 September

Time: 10am to 12pm

Location: Meet at the Beach Road car park in Travis Wetland. Look for signs directing you to planting site which is a short walk into the reserve.