North Canterbury

 Lewis Tops © Mark Bridgwater

About Us

One of the largest branches in the country, the North Canterbury branch covers Canterbury north of the Rakaia River up into the heart of the Lewis Pass, from the sea to the Alps.

We regularly hold field trips to local areas of interest, as well as working bees at our projects which include Calder Green Reserve and Mahoe-nui Bush in Greenwood Park near Evans Pass, as well as trips to our hut, Boyle Base, in Lewis Pass. 

We have a very active Kiwi Conservation Club for children. KCC go on some fantastic field trips all over the region.


What we do

 Everyone is welcome to our monthly public meetings at the WEA in Christchurch, held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm. We also run regular field trips and volunteer days. Have a look at our programme of events to see if there is anything that tickles your fancy!

Guest speakers at our monthly talks discuss various environmental topics and issues.


Branch Issues

As well as the threats to its Wild Rivers, the North Canterbury branch is involved with numerous local issues, and has representatives on a number of boards and committees, as well as the National Mackenzie Campaign.



There are numerous opportunities to volunteer and get involved. We are always looking for help with our major projects, meetings, newsletter delivery and help with fundraising.

We have three main projects:

You could help the branch by:

  •  Joining the Committee
  • Attending our monthly meetings
  • Contributing to the branch newsletter
  • Participating in scheduled planting and plant maintenance days
  • Supporting pest control and weed eradication projects
  • Making a donation to Forest & Bird’s North Canterbury Branch
  • Helping with submissions, funding applications and monitoring