The volunteer planting programme restores native forest to designated areas of the Port Hills. About 3000 native trees are planted by volunteers each winter. The plants are maintained in spring and autumn to reduce competition from grass.

Port Hills volunteer maintenance work day.

What to bring

  • Clothes for all weather, sun hat or woolly hat
  • Sturdy boots
  • Gloves and a spade

Autumn maintenance days

Cancelled until further notice.

Winter planting days

Date Time Location Where to meet

27 May

1pm to 3pm

Marleys Hill

Top of Worsleys Rd (off Summit Rd, west of Sign of the Kiwi)

10 June

1pm to 3pm

Bowenvale

Huntsbury Track entrance on Summit Road

17 June

1pm to 3pm

Dry Bush

Car park behind Victoria Park Visitor Centre

24 June

1pm to 3pm

Eastside Bush

Car park behind Victoria Park Visitor Centre

Victoria Park planting day

Date Time Location Contact
26 August 10am to 12noon

Victoria Park

Robbie Hewson 027 459 2891 or Robbie.Hewson@ccc.govt.nz

Spring maintenance days

Date Time Location Where to meet
7 October 1pm to 3pm

Marleys Hill

Top of Worsleys Rd (off Summit Rd, west of Sign of the Kiwi)

14 October 1pm to 3pm

Bowenvale

Huntsbury Track entrance on Summit Road

28 October

1pm to 3pm

Dry Bush

Car park behind Victoria Park Visitor Centre

4 November

1pm to 3pm

Eastside Bush

Car park behind Victoria Park Visitor Centre

Contact

If you would like to receive a newsletter and reminder of events please contact Di Carter or e-mail di.carter@ccc.govt.nz.

Directions to sites

Site Directions
Bowenvale Reserve

Huntsbury access.

From Centaurus Road, turn onto Major Aitken Drive. Near the top, turn right into Kenmure Drive, and right into Swanton Drive.Or, if coming from the east, drive up Huntsbury Ave and turn right into Major Aitken Drive, left into Kenmure Drive and right into Swanton Drive.

Park near 20 Swanton Drive where there is a small council strip of land to access Bowenvale Reserve. Follow the signs and the pink flagging tape.

Marleys Hill

Drive to the Sign of the Kiwi at the top of Dyers Pass Road. Turn right onto the Summit Road and drive westwards for 1.6 km. Turn right onto Worsleys Road and drive up the hill to road end and parking area.

The restoration site is a 5 minute walk up Marleys Hill 4x4 track, then a few zig-zags down the mountain bike track. Follow the signs and the pink flagging tape.

Dry Bush

Drive to the Sign of the Kiwi at the top of Dyers Pass Road. Turn left onto the Summit Road and drive eastwards for 3.6km.

Meet in the layby at the top of Huntsbury Track on the Summit Road by the cattlestop. The restoration site is a 5 minute walk down Huntsbury Track.

Reuter Reserve

Meet at Victoria Park (as for Eastside instructions) to car pool, as there is minimal parking at the Reuter Reserve site. We will travel in convoy to Reuter Reserve.

Eastside Bush

Drive to the Sign of the Takahe, turn left into Hackthorne Road and sharp right into Victoria Park Road. Drive 1 km into the park and follow the road around the back of the hill to the carpark at the rear of the Visitor Centre.

The restoration site is a 5 – 10 min walk – follow the signs and the pink flagging tape.

Mahoe-nui Bush upper

Head up to Evans Pass (the road at the back of Sumner). Turn right and in 900m you will come to Mahoe-nui Bush on the left.

The site is fenced and you will see the native plantings up the gully.  There is only space for a few cars at the site so please carpool.

Mahoe-nui Bush Restoration project

Mahoe-nui Bush is a patch of remnant forest located in one of the gullies above Sumner valley, in the Port Hills.

The North Canterbury Branch of Forest and Bird and the Sumner Environment Group are helping the Christchurch City Council with the restoration of this lovely site. They always welcome more volunteers! 

Date Time Location Postponement date
25 March 9.15am to 11.30am Upper Mahoe-nui 1 April
29 April 9.15am to 11.30am Upper Mahoe-nui 6 May
1 July 9.15am to 11.30am Upper Mahoe-nui 8 July
29 July 9.15am to 11.30am Upper Mahoe-nui 5 August
2 September 9.15am to 11.30am Upper Mahoe-nui 9 September
23 September 9.15am to 11.30am Upper Mahoe-nui 30 September