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

South Brighton volunteer Scott

Annual planting day with Trees for Canterbury

Park: Te Karoro Karoro-Southshore Spit. Follow signs from the entrance at the end of Rockinghorse Road

Date: Saturday 20 August

Time:  10am to 12pm

Bring: wear closed-toe shoes and lots of warm layers / weather-appropriate clothing and a personal water bottle. Bring your own gardening gloves and spade if you have them, there will be plenty of spades provided.

Ranger contact: 

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. 

  • Third Saturday of every month, 2 pm to 4 pm
  • 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 Council Ranger vehicle

For more information and/or to receive regular updates, email Myles Richardson on

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