Wakatipu Reforestation Trust

Environmental Improvement - Native Plant Propagation Volunteer

Organisation Summary:

The Wakatipu Reforestation Trust's mission is to grow native plants at its Jean Malpas Community Nursery and to use these plants to plant in public areas to enhance biodiversity in the Wakatipu Basin.  The driving force behind the organisation are visionaries Neill and Barbara Simpson who, with the help of around 900 volunteer hours, established  the nursery and have already planted several sites with native plants in the district.  This has only been possible with the support of volunteers.


At the nursery - volunteers help to grow our native plants by potting up seedlings, weeding pots and maintaining a tidy nursery.The nursery is located at Jardine Park, Poplar Drive, Kelvin Heights. Don’t worry if you have never done anything like this before – we’ll show you how to do it and besides, there’ll be plenty of people on hand to help you if you have any questions.

On planting days - volunteers plant native plants at public places all around the Wakatipu/Queenstown basin. They arrange volunteer planting days and maintenance days. Volunteer planting days are usually held on weekend mornings during Autumn and Spring.


The planting days for Spring 2020 are:

5 September    Whitechapel Reserve, Arrow Junction
12 September  Bush Creek, Arrowtown (along the trail behind the Chinese Village carpark)
19 September  Lake Hayes South, Lake Hayes
26 September  Mill Creek / Slope Hill

We look forward to joining with our community as we celebrate our 6th year of community planting, and reaching a massive milestone of 50,000 plants in the ground by the end of these planting days.

Time Commitment:

Due to Level 2 Restrictions, we will be hosting 2 volunteer sessions each Wednesday:
Morning Session:  10am-12.30pm
Afternoon Session:  1-3.30pm
Location:  Jean Malpas Community Nursery, Jardine Park, at the end of Poplar Drive, Kelvin Heights

As the total number of people at the nursery is limited to 10, registration is essential.  Please register via our Facebook Events, or by emailing: volunteer@wrtqt.org.nz

We will be following the Covid-19 Health and Safety Guidelines and Operations Plan published by QLDC, with the following additional guidelines:
1)  Bring your own gardening gloves
2)  Bring your own mug/cup and thermos of hot drink for morning / afternoon tea
3)  Do not attend the nursery if you are sick or even just feeling unwell.

Schedules are emailed to all of our volunteers and all the details and updates are also listed on our Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/wrtqt.org.nz) Please email volunteer@wrtqt.org.nz if you wish to be added to the email list.

Skills Required:

No specific skills are required as we’ll show you what to do – otherwise volunteers should have a positive energy, be happy to get your hands dirty and enjoy having fun. 

Skills Gained:

Volunteers will gain an insight into native plant propagation and planting, meet plenty of interesting people and gain satisfaction from leaving a positive footprint in the Wakatipu.

For more information you can email: volunteer@wrtqt.org.nz

Schedule Summary

This activity generally occurs on

  • Monday - Morning, Afternoon
  • Tuesday - Morning, Afternoon
  • Wednesday - Morning, Afternoon
  • Thursday - Morning, Afternoon
  • Friday - Morning, Afternoon
  • Saturday - Morning, Afternoon
  • Sunday - Morning, Afternoon