Mou Waho Island

​With Eco Wanaka Adventures


​In support of the Department of Conservation's efforts for native habitat restoration on Mou Waho Island, Eco Wanaka Adventures (EWA) has been appointed to assist in the re-planting of native species on the predator-free island. The native trees are chosen from our nursery and planted as a food source to the varied species on the island, including the Buff Weka, now extinct on mainland New Zealand. Te Kākano manages donated funds collected by EWA toward the next tree. An annual planting collaboration between EWA and Te Kākano is usually held mid-year and is the highlight planting trip for our volunteers. 



2012- ongoing

Glendhu Bay

​With Ridgeline Adventures

This habitat enrichment project was co-initiated to introduce more native species to the area with hope of creating a new link to other native habitats along the foreshore. The forest area between the Mt Aspiring viewpoint car park and the Glendhu Bay Holiday Park currently sees the best forest remnant on the entire southern shore with the only stand of rohutu and several other species found nowhere else (i.e. karamu, mingimingi). This project plans for 100+ plants to go in the ground thanks to initial sponsorship from Ridgeline Adventures.  .



Ridgeline Adventures; New Zealand Mountain Film Festival Trust; Wanaka Wastebusters (via our Carbon Offset initiative for their Unpackit Awards Campaign travel); Rotary Wanaka, Aspiring Wealth Management.


Bullock Creek Wetland

​With Otago Fish & Game

Otago Fish & Game initiated this project and we are excited to be helping them restore the wetland area near the source of Bullock Creek.  The project requires an initial clean-up of the wetland and then re-vegetation with the appropriate native plants can begin. A major benefit of the planting is that it will help keep the creek clean and pure.  The creek is an important community asset and a public walkway will be created so everyone can enjoy the wetland.

We acknowledge sponsorship support from our local free-ski athlete Sam Smoothy.

The Wanaka Residents Association has also swung in behind this project and are making it their focus over the next few years.



Sam Smoothy, Craig Fahey, Wanaka Residents Association, Anonymous donors, Department of Corrections, Million Metres Project, Dr Maggie Lawton memorial donations, Friends of Bullock Creek.


Roys Bay East 

​With Mt Aspiring College

This project covers the area between the Yacht Club and the Scout Den.  It gives the 120 Mount Aspiring College year 9 students hands on experience in all aspects of a community project as they plan and manage the project's funding, planting and on going maintenance. Te Kākano has an advisory capacity and oversees the planting. 



World Wildlife Environmental Education Action Fund, Queenstown Sky City Casino.



The Outlet​

​With Lake Outlet Holiday Park


Thanks to generous funding from Callum Urquhart of the Lake Outlet Holiday Park, this project was carried out to

introduce more native species into the esplanade reserve at The Outlet. There is abundant ground on the riverside that needed replanting to replace old pines that have been felled. This project directly benefits users of the popular 

recreational site, as it will provide an environmental and ecological enhancement to the area. The Outlet is also the chosen site for DOC's Project Gold (dedicated to the protection and enhancement of kōwhai trees in Otago) and Conservation Week activities in 2011/2012.



Hāwea Foreshore​

​With Hāwea Community Association


Native re-vegetation along the Lake Hāwea foreshore, especially along Flora Dora Parade, was suggested by the Hāwea Community Association (HCA) to enhance areas where large old trees have been removed. HCA's 'Thursday Morning Foreshore Working Group' volunteered labour for the plantings and Te Kākano was delighted to partner the habitat restoration efforts with such a committed group. It is our first joint project in Lake Hāwea.




A: Off Mt Aspiring Rd, Lake Wanaka

    PO Box 550, Wanaka 9343

Text: 021 298 1068 (Volunteer sessions, Nursery)

E: (other enquiries)



John & Jill Blennerhassett

Sargood Bequest

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