Plantout days

What is a Plantout day?

Our Plantout days are an integral part of what Te Ara Kākāriki does. We arrange for volunteers, groups, and workplace colleagues to come to one of our sites and plant native seedlings. There’s plenty of time to chat throughout the day, meet new people, learn more about native plants and wildlife, and how we ensure the plants flourish once we’ve finished.

We provide everything you’ll need for planting, like spades, clean gloves, plus drinking water, morning and afternoon tea, and each site has a toilet available.

Plantout days coming up

Te Motu O Huritini

Saturday August 24th 2024
10 - 3, self-drive

Lincoln & Leeston

Sunday September 8th 2024
10 - 4, buses & lunch provided

West Melton

Saturday September 21st 2024
10 - 3.30, self-drive

Springfield

Sunday October 6th 2024
10 - 4, buses & lunch provided

A rewarding way to volunteer

Each spring we hold a series of Plantout events across the Selwyn District which are perfect for individuals and groups of friends and family wanting to volunteer. Registration is easy via our online forms which you can find on this website, or through or social media.

Our planting events begin with an ecologist giving a planting demonstration, as well as some background on the site and our trust. With everything you’ll need provided, it’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy making a difference to our local environment while planting alongside like-minded people.

Staff and corporate group opportunities

Alongside our public volunteer events, Te Ara Kākāriki also arrange planting days just for staff, company or workplace teams. We work with each group to choose a suitable weekday in September or October and provide all necessary equipment. Groups are welcome to invite clients for the day to create a great networking opportunity, or if the planting day is during school holidays it can be a family event. If you have a team of people and would like to arrange an enjoyable event where they can contribute to the local environment, get in touch with us today to discuss options.

We welcome all groups

Our annual spring events are also a fantastic and easy way for groups to volunteer together. Every year we are joined by groups such as the Student Volunteer Army, local secondary school and tertiary students, clubs, church groups, and a range of community organisations. We provide comprehensive instructions, all the equipment you need, as well as morning and afternoon tea, and for our two main Plantouts return bus transport from Christchurch.

To register your group simply contact us, and we can work with you to find the best event for your numbers. We may also be able to arrange transport from a convenient bus stop in Christchurch or along the route for our two main events. Get in touch to start planning today.

A group of tertiary students from Ara Institute of Canterbury

Hold a Plantout at your property

If you have some land that could be planted, we would love to hear from you. Get the ball rolling now by completing our simple landowner application form.