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 



Denniston Plateau

The Denniston Plateau was given resource consent to be mined for coal. This area is a very significant piece of land due to its geological history, altitude, humidity and lack of predators. Forest & Bird’s West Coast branch worked hard to protect the plateau from open cast mining and is keeping a close watch on the mine's progress.