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

Styx Mill

Join Trees for Canterbury and the Christchurch City Council Rangers in establishing additional native trees and shrubs at Styx Mill Conservation Reserve. 

  • 10.30am to 12.30pm, Sunday 3 May

Assemble in the car park off Husseys Road and look for signs directing to the planting site.

Bring your family, friends and a spade!


 Spencer Park

Join the Eco-Action Nursery Trust and Christchurch City Council Rangers and help plant native trees grown by students from eleven Christchurch schools.

  • 10am to 12.30pm, Sunday 14 June

Meet in the Spencer Park car park.

Contact David Newton for more information on ecoactionnt@gmail.com or check the Eco-Action facebook page.(external link)