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Te Kākano Aotearoa Trust is a Wānaka community-based native plant nursery that specialises in propagating plants of local origin (Upper Clutha region) and uses these plants for localised native habitat restoration. We work with local community groups, schools, organisations & businesses in the effort to promote hands-on community land care. 

Our mission is to inspire community native habitat through propagation, education and hands-on participation.


Nursery Sessions - Nursery volunteer days are open to all members of the public and are held every Tuesday & Wednesday from 9am-12pm (Spring/Summer) and 1pm-4pm (Autumn/Winter). These volunteer sessions teach propagation/cultivation techniques, leading on to planting and nurturing of the young plants in the wild and are guided by our Nursery Manager. We provide Venus coffee, tea and snacks for all our volunteers and you also get the chance to soak in the views on our deck.


Planting Projects - Each year, we identify and undertake habitat restoration projects to create islands of new native bush and enrich existing areas to provide precious habitat for our local wildlife. Work at these planting projects takes the form of maintenance days (watering and weeding) and planting days (putting the plants into the ground). Project days are on Saturdays with maintenance during the summer and planting between May and October. Dates are advertised in the calendar below, on our Facebook page, and in the Wanaka Messenger.



The nursery sessions are held all year around, including 

during the school holidays

If you have any queries contact us,

Nursery Sessions

Every Tuesday & Wednesday


October 1 - March 31: 9am - 12

April 1 - September 30: 1pm - 4pm

Thanks to our new roof structure, we no longer have to cancel our nursery sessions on rainy days!

Regardless of the colour of the traffic light we are in, we continue to encourage volunteers to:
● stay home if unwell
● sign in and out of a session
● bring their own gloves, cup and food
● leave their bags, etc. in the designated storage place
● maintain physical distancing, keeping 1+ metres between themselves and others
● advise us if they become unwell and have attended a session
● wash their hands before tea break or use hand sanitiser.
We will continue to record the name and contact details of each visitor coming to the nursery.


Access to the nursery is through the QEII Reserve, either through the gate or over the nursery stile.

You will find some directions here to come to the nursery.

Planting sessions

Our planting season started on Saturday 30th of April. We will be organising a community planting every fortnight and will aim to plant about 5,000 eco-sourced native in the Upper Clutha basin by October.

Community planting are usually held on Saturday from 10am to 12pm. We postpone when it's raining.

If you are part of a group or business who would like to help, we can organise planting sessions during the week. Get in touch!

The next community will be on the 9th of July at the Riverside rock climbing area at 10am with the Wānaka Climbing Club.
The planting site is located 700m past the Diamond Lake car park, on Mt Aspiring road. Drive over the Motatapu River bridge then turn left directly after the bridge, onto the gravel road that goes through a small quarry; keep driving for another 2 min to get up to the DOC Riverside climbing area, which is beside the Motatapu River. Allow about 25 minutes from Wānaka to the planting site.

Meet at 10am at the planting site.

If you want to carpool, meet between 9.20am and 9.30am at Waterfall Creek car park.

Please, bring your own cup and gardening gloves, wear sturdy shoes, and warm clothes.

Tools and morning tea provided, thanks to Big Fig and Venus Coffee..

All welcome!

For more information, do not hesitate to contact us.


Future planting dates & locations: 9th July at Riverside, 23rd July along the Millennium track, 6th August at Glendhu wetland, 20th August at Diamond Lake, 3rd September, location tbc, 17th September at Wishbone Falls, 1st October at Glendhu Bay (10th anniversary of this planting site! We'll have a bit of a celebration)

Location may change...

Maintenance sessions

We plant thousands of native plants every year and we need to make sure they thrive.

If you would like to help with watering or maintenance, please get in touch!

Alternatively, you can help by watering the plants thanks to the blue drums we have set up at some of our planting sites: Millennium track, lakeshore, Eely Point, Albert Town (along the Clutha/Mata-au river, upstream from the bridge). You can also pull a few weeds growing near our native plants. Many hands make light work. Planting is only part of the work!

Annual General Meeting

Our AGM was held online on the 20th April 2022.

You can read the 2021 annual report here, and the 2021 financial statements are there.


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