North Canterbury: Mahoe-nui Bush Planting Day Lower Site

Mahoe-nui Bush Restoration Project is a joint partnership between Forest & Bird North Canterbury, the Sumner Environment Group and the Christchurch City Council. 

This is the fourth year of planting at the Lower Site at Mahoe-nui Bush, located between Evans Pass Road and the Summit Road. The Christchurch City Council have also fenced this section of the gully, and we are extending our project downhill to include this area, to achieve our goal to regenerate the forest canopy to provide a forested corridor from mountain to sea. 

Planting Day
We have 200+ plants to put in the ground so need a bit of a crew to get them planted. There will be other plant maintenance work to do as well if you would prefer.

What to bring
Please wear gumboots or sturdy boots (gumboots are best if it is wet or dewy as the site is covered in long grass). Please bring a drink bottle, warm clothes, a rainjacket etc and a snack. The site is steep and can be slippery and exposed, so come prepared!

Spades and gloves provided. A delicious morning tea is provided for the hard workers!

Kids welcome, although if they want to plant natives they will need to team up with an adult. Also, please dress appropriately as it can be cold. This site is much flatter and easier access so is more suitable for children than the upper site. 

How to get there
To get to the site drive up Evans Pass Road (the road at the back of Sumner) and park facing downhill in the Rapanui Bush layby (the layby is on the left driving uphill, just after the first big hairpin bend). If here is no room here then park at Evans Pass and we can shuttle you down or you can walk.

For instructions to the site and maps, please click the link here.

Location of the site:

More Information
To find out more about Mahoe-nui Bush Restoration project, please visit our main webpage