Get out of the office and give back to the community and the environment. Volunteer with your colleagues in your local park for some fabulous team-building. It’s a great way for your business to meet its corporate sustainability goals too.

Air NZ Green Team volunteers Port Hills rubbish collection.

Corporate activities

Litter clean-ups

Rubbish is an ongoing issue in many of our parks, particularly around major roadways and waterways. Organising a clean-up is a great way to give back to your community.

Find out more on how to organise a parks community clean-up.


Our volunteer planting season runs from late autumn through winter.

Planting opportunities outside this season are limited to key wetlands. 

Weeding and mulching

Putting a plant in the ground is only one small step on the journey towards restoration success. Your corporate group can make a valuable contribution by taking part in a weeding or hand-releasing work day or spreading mulch to protect restoration plantings. 

Support your local community

Many of our large parks have active community groups that do regular volunteer work. Consider helping out at one of these sites to make a valuable contribution to your community.

Charlesworth Reserve

Can take corporate groups from 10 to 100. Contact

Charlesworth is an important habitat for native wetland birds such as migratory bar-tailed godwit/kuaka, and is being actively restored by the Avon-Heathcote Ihutai Estuary Trust.(external link)

Styx River reserves

Can take corporate groups from 10 to 50. Contact

Pūharakekenui/Styx River spans 24.8km and travels through several reserves before reaching the Waimakariri River. It’s actively monitored for birdlife and water quality by the Styx Living Laboratory Trust(external link).

What you need to know

Council staff will in most cases supervise the activity and will provide health and safety information. They can provide some equipment (e.g. tools) and materials for the activity (e.g. plants, mulch).

The company’s coordinator must ensure everyone follows safe practice. All staff must read the volunteer guidelines beforehand.

Not all parks suit group projects and opportunities depend on staff capacity and management priorities.

Tell us about your group using the volunteer enquiry form. We’ll do our best to find a match to suit your needs.

What you need to bring

Bring warm clothes, raincoat, hat, sturdy boots, food, and drinks.

If you have equipment needed for the activity (e.g. spade or gloves) bring these with you.

Bookable spaces

If your corporate event will involve large groups, gazebos, or bouncy castles, you may need to book a space via our events team.

Check out which parks are suitable for large picnics.

Find out more about gazebos or bouncy castles restrictions.