The Wakatipu Reforestation Trust

Our Vision:  Protect and restore the native biodiversity of the Wakatipu Basin through revegetation projects, collaboration, education and advocacy. 

Since humans first set foot on New Zealand, our native forests have reduced by 70% while our native bird species have been reduced by 30%. The Kowhai rich dry woodlands that used to be prolific in the Wakatipu Basin are one of the most threatened ecosystems in New Zealand, and also one of the least protected.

"Without endemic touchstones visible to the resident [Wakatipu Basin] population on a daily basis their appreciation of the history of their own land and identification with it will gradually atrophy. As northern temperate images fill people's experience and imagination, these foreign elements become entrenched in tradition with an inevitable loss of both biological and cultural diversity".   Colin Meurk

We work with the community to grow and plant out native plants, including threatened species.  This will create wildlife corridors that will, in turn, attract native birds and insects back into the basin, significantly enhancing the biodiversity of our area. 

With your help we can:


  • grow more plants in our nursery

  • prepare, plant and maintain sites throughout the basin

  • bring back the birds and other native creatures

  • this will provide a native seed source for the natural spread of native plants

  • reduce areas of weeds that need to be sprayed

  • improve our visual landscape

Find out how you can volunteer HERE

Come help at the nursery

The Spring planting days are now all complete, but we will be back again in the Autumn to plant again.

Now we need your help in our community nursery to help grow our native plants from seeds and cuttings to robust plants ready to be planted out. Each year we are producing approximately 10,000 native plants. These are eco-sourced from remnant populations of native forest near by. 

We would love your help at the nursery and over the summer host two drop-in volunteer sessions every week:

Wednesday (daytime): 9am -12noon

Wednesday (evening): 5pm - 8pm

Where: Jardine Park, Kelvin Heights

No experience required, all welcome, always social and a great way to learn more about our amazing local biodiversity.

Full details and updates are listed on our FACEBOOK PAGE HERE