Nga Manu Nature reserve

Nga Manu Nature Reserve, on the Kapiti Coast, offers you a unique opportunity to have a hands on experience related to the natural history of New Zealand. By visiting the Reserve you will gain an understanding of the ecosystems by using examples of plants and animals that can be observed within the different habitats that make up the Reserves ecosystems. For more information see:

Greater Wellington Regional Council Community Environmental Projects

Take Care is Greater Wellington's community environmental programme. Through Take Care , the council makes financial support and specialist assistance available to community groups that want to look after their local environment. There are opportunities for individuals, groups and businesses to work on environmental projects that contribute to the health and restoration of our region's most threatened ecosystems, including rivers and streams, wetlands and lakes, estuaries, dunes, coastal escarpments. For more information see:

Maara Roa Restoration Project

Maara Roa is a forest restoration project at Cannons Creek Valley near Porirua. Its purpose is to restore the Bush back to what it was before the people who ruined it came.

 The project started in 2000, after some gorse fires destroyed yet more sections of native bush. A small group of people met to see if something could be done to stop it. The Friends of Maara Roa grew from that.

Every year another cycle of work starts to clear gorse, to remove weeds, to plant saplings, to exterminate pests, and more. It's gardening, but on a big scale.
On average, 5000 seedling trees are planted, plus ground cover plants and more plants along the stream. Every year more areas of the hillsides are cleared of gorse and weeds. For more information see:

Ruapehu lodge

Forest & Bird’s new Ruapehu lodge opened on August 9, replacing the original lodge, which was destroyed by fire in October 2008. For more information see: