We would not exist without the amazing support of our volunteers - below is a list of ways you can help!

We also provide plants and support to other groups who take on the planting and management of sites on public land throughout the Wakatipu.  We work closely with DoC and QLDC to negotiate planting sites. We’d love to hear from you, your business, community association, community group or school if you are interested in taking on a site.

For more information please contact our Operations Manager, Nita Smith - volunteer@wrtqt.org.nz

Ways You Can Volunteer:

We run weekly nursery volunteer sessions.

Wed morning 9am - 12pm

Wed evening 5pm - 8pm (during daylight savings). All welcome, drop-in style.

Tasks include:​

  • Potting up

  • Seed germination

  • Cutting propagation

  • Weeding

  • Building/maintenance


We run community planting days during Autumn and Spring around the Wakatipu Basin on Saturday mornings. Dates posted on our Enewsletter and Facebook.

Tasks include:

  • Site preparation

  • Planting

  • Protecting

  • Watering and weeding

  • On-going maintenance


We are always in need of skilled volunteers to help in other ways e.g:

  • Photography

  • Writing 

  • Artwork

  • Spraying

  • Using Scrub-bar

  • Fundraising

  • Engineering

  • Building

Jean Malpas Community Nursery 

Located in a corner of Jardine Park, Kelvin Heights  the Jean Malpas Nursery is the cornerstone of the Wakatipu Reforestation Trust. It is aptly named after long-time local Jean Malpas who famously had her finger in many community pies in the Wakatipu and left, as an eduring legacy, a trust dedicated to environmental projects. This is what has funded our nursery and we are extremely grateful for her foresight and generosity.


We buy small seedlings from Pukerau Nursery in Southland and are now propagating a large number of our own from locally sourced seeds and cuttings. 


We welcome volunteers to join us in our regular potting up sessions on Wednesdays. These sessions are drop in style, a great way to meet new people and learn more about our native plants!