There are a number of ways you can volunteer to make our coasts clean and green.

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What to expect

Help restore and maintain our beautiful coastal areas and beach parks.

What to bring

  • Sturdy closed toe shoes
  • Own gloves
  • Weather appropriate clothing - layers, raincoat and hat
  • Water bottle and snacks
  • Some tools will be provided

Regular working bees

South New Brighton Domain

Christchurch City Council and Avon Heathcote Estuary Ihutai Trust are working with local residents to restore this earthquake damaged area and enhance the beautiful South New Brighton Domain. Regular tasks include planting, weeding, watering, mulching, pruning and collecting litter. 

  • First Sunday of every month, 1pm to 4pm
  • Meet at the South New Brighton Domain playground, accessed off Beatty Street, South New Brighton

For more information, contact Pieter Borcherds on 027 611 8655.


McCormacks Bay
A once neglected wetland, McCormacks Bay is being restored by Christchurch City Council, Avon Heathcote Estuary Ihutai Trust and local volunteers from the Ferrymead Rotary Club and Mt Pleasant Residents Association.

  • Working bees are held on the third Sunday of each month, 2pm to 4pm
  •  Meet along McCormacks Bay Road - look out for the CCC Ranger vehicle 

For more information and/or to receive regular updates, email Myles Richardson on mylsie@outlook.co.nz.


 Diamond Harbour

Help the Diamond Harbour community turn Morgan's and Sam's Gullies into native forests.

  • Working bees are held on the last Sunday of the month, 10am to 1pm
  • Meet at Upper Sam's Gully, between Marine Drive and Bay View Road

Stay up to date by checking the Friends of Morgan's and Sam's Gullies facebook page(external link).

Community planting days

South New Brighton Domain

Help Park Rangers and the Ihutai Trust plant 500 native tree seedlings to beautify the park. Enjoy a free BBQ after the event.

  • Sunday 4 August, 1pm to 4pm

Meet in the car park closest to the Jetty, off Beatty Street, South New Brighton

For more information, contact Scott Butcher on 022 343 9069.


 Southshore Spit Reserve 

Join Park Rangers in association with Trees for Canterbury to plant native plantings in Southshore Reserve.

  • Saturday 10 August, 10am to 12pm

Meet at the end of Rocking Horse Road, South New Brighton - look for signs directing you to the planting site which is a short walk into the reserve

For more information, contact Jason Roberts on 03 941 7540, 027 224 5906 or jason.roberts@ccc.govt.nz.


Cass Bay 

Join Park Rangers and the local community for native planting in Cass Bay.

  • Saturday 10 August, 10am
  • Meet by the playground

For more information, contact Heidi Wilton on Heidi.Wilton@ccc.govt.nz