Gatherings are held for the North and South Island every year. They are attended by Forest & Bird members, branch committee representatives, board members, and staff.

They are where ideas are thrashed out and knowledge shared. They remind people why we care so deeply about conservation. Come along and enjoy stimulating conversation, amazing landscapes and presentations on a range of contemporary conservation issues.

North Island Gathering

Friday 11 -  Sunday 13 November 2016
Shakespear Regional Park, Auckland

Enjoy the delights of Shakespear Regional Park at the tip of the Whangaparaoa Peninsular on the beautiful Hibiscus Coast.  Predator control and forest collapse will be the focus of Saturday along with a variety of guided walks around the park and time to take in the shoreline.  The Sunday session will focus on marine reserves and the spatial plan, very key to the local area.   Stay at the YMCA Lodge, park campground or in local accommodation.


Please download and complete the registration form by 14 October.

South Island Gathering

Friday 28 -  Sunday 30 October 2016
Domain Pavilion, Hislop Street, Geraldine

The theme of this year's South Island Gathering is "Safeguarding Canterbury's Biodiversity". Hosted by the South Canterbury Branch, it will look at the significant loss of biodiversity in Canterbury, why the rate of this loss has been accelerated in the last two decades, and how it can be solved. Join us for a range of stimulating, inspiring and informativepresentations and discussions. 


Please download and complete the registration form by 14 October.

Accommodation Options

Geraldine has a range of accommodation options. For more advice, please feel free to contact the South Canterbury Branch by emailing