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.

Time Commitment:

The volunteer nursery potting and plan maintenance days are held on a drop-in basis and you are welcome to help out for as long or as short as suits you. They meet on Wednesdays with morning sessions being held from 9-12pm and evening sessions (during daylight savings) run from 5-8pm. 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. 

No experience or gardening equipment necessary - absolutely everyone is welcome. We also have a morning tea during the morning session which is wonderful for people to get to know each other and makes the morning very social.  

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