West Coast

About Us

The West coast branch covers a long spread region from Kahurangi to Haast. It covers one of NZ’s largest wilderness areas. There are five National Parks in our region, including Kahurangi, Paparoa, Authurs Pass, Tai Poutini Westland, Mount Aspiring and the World Heritage Area of Te Wahi Pounamu.


Branch Issues

The West Coast branch has been fighting for the protection of the West Coast wetlands for nine years. These wetlands are of significant national value and need to be protected. We also do ongoing work to restore little blue penguin habitats. 


Get involved

Volunteers can get involved in numerous ways. Plant propagation and pest control are always on our agenda.

For volunteering opportunities, please contact West Coast branch chairperson Kathy Gilbert at westcoast.branch@forestandbird.org.nz 



Rainy Creek Ecological Project

New pest control project 2014

The West Coast branch of Forest & Bird has initiated a pest control programme to reinstate possum, rat and stoat eradication in Rainy Creek in the Victoria Forest Park near Reefton. Oceana Gold Ltd began predator control originally in this area in 2004 as a mitigation agreement with the Department of Conservation for the Globe Hill gold mine. Forest and Bird with the help of the community will conduct a programme aimed at improving forest health and bird populations 6km near Reefton.