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 Antony.Shadbolt@ccc.govt.nz.


  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 styxwq@gmail.com.


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 volunteer days

 Spencer Park Community Planting Day

Join Christchurch City Council Rangers and to help plant native trees and shrubs at Spencer Park.

  • 10am-12.30pm, Sunday 14 June

Meet at Spencer Park. Head towards the beach past the picnic area.

For more information, contact alice.waterhouse@ccc.govt.nz


 Kidsfest: Matariki Planting at Dawn

Join rongoā practitioners as they celebrate Matariki and puaka rising to signal the Maori New Year. Witness the dawn breaking with a karakia and tree planting as a symbol of new beginnings. The dawn planting will be followed by a hui where we share our wishes for the year to come.

  • 6.30am, Sunday 12 July
  • Rongoā Garden, 565R Marshlands Road (also accessed from the reserve at 303 Radcliffe Road).

Register your attendance on eventfinda(external link) or contact Parks.Volunteers@ccc.govt.nz for more information.


Kidsfest: Matariki Planting at the Styx

Join rongoā practitioners as they celebrate Matariki and puaka rising to signal the Maori New Year. We will be planting native trees and shrubs into the Rongoā Garden and we’d love your help. This planting event is suitable for families and is also one of our Children’s University accredited events.

  • 10am, Sunday 12 July
  • 303 Radcliffe Road Reserve (limited parking also available at the neighbouring Rongoā Garden on 565R Marshlands Road).

Register your attendance on eventfinda(external link)(external link) or contact Parks.Volunteers@ccc.govt.nz for more information.