North Canterbury: Mahoe-nui Bush Planting Day Upper Site

Help us revegetate a gully in the Port Hills, in the Sumner catchment. 

Mahoe-nui Bush, as the site is known, is a lovely gully that was fenced by the CCC in 2006  to exclude sheep grazing, then approximately 1300 plants were planted over the next few years to enhance and protect this small stand of remnant forest. Ongoing maintenance and infill planting is required to regenerate the forest canopy to provide a forested corridor from mountain to sea, and a connection with similar areas above Lyttelton. 

Despite its small size, there is a diverse mix of species - including a small copse of manuka, milk tree (Streblus heterophyllus), myrtle (Lophomyrtus obcordata), kowhai, ngaio, lacebark and native passion vine among other delights.

Planting Day

Please join us for a planting session on 1st July at the Upper site. 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. A delicious morning tea is provided.

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.

Equipment. Spades and gloves provided. Feel free to bring your own if you prefer.

 Kids welcome, although if they want to plant natives it would be great if they could team up with an adult.

 How to get there

 To get to the site drive up to Evans Pass (behind Sumner), turn right onto the Summit Road and after 900m park on the left. The site is fenced and you will see the plantings. 


Location of the site:

For instructions and maps, please click the link here.

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