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Eely Point

Eely Point is a commemorative planting site. The site was chosen in conjunction with QLDC and the local RSA, it is easily accessible with close car park available and close to the town center.

The project is part of Matariki Tu Rākau, a programme that supports living memorials.

The first planting took place on the 19th September 2020, where 120 trees were planted. A plaque was also laid on site to honour the local members of the NZ Defence Force past and present.

Location: the point of Eely Point, Wānaka


Matariki Tu Rākau (Te Uru Rākau - NZ Forestry), QLDC, local RSA

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Point With No Name


This prominent feature on the south coast of Lake Wānaka has no known name. Certainly it would have had an ancient name in moa hunter times but currently Ngāi Tahu are in the process of deciding an appropriate title. No name does not prevent us from planting there however.  It is on the Glendhu Bay track and so is also part of the Te Araroa trail network.   We are planning our first rata grove there, along with kōwhai, totara and rohutu. Eventually, we hope that the Point With No Name will become an important stepping stone habitat for tui and bellbirds along the lakeshore.


Location: On the point to the east of Damper Bay - see our project site map here.


QLDC, Madill whānau


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This habitat restoration is a continuation of our plantings on the Millennium to Glendhu Bay track and so is also a part of the Te Araroa trail network.  The site is beyond Norman (Fossil) Creek. The area has good soil, but is quite dry so the plants will benefit from watering assistance from a neighbouring property.  We will focus on planting coloniser scrub species as well as expanding the new forest of kowhai and totara.


Location: See our project site map here.


An anonymous donor, Watertight Systems, Triple Glazing NZ, Protect our Winters NZ



Diamond Lake

Diamond Lake is a wonderful lake and woodland area almost on the doorstep of Lake Wānaka. It is a very popular destination for locals and tourists alike.

In recent years predator control programmes run by enthusiastic local volunteers, have resulted in a big improvement in bird populations. And, now that grazing stock has been removed, the potential exists to enhance and supplement the natural regeneration at the site with plants grown at the Te Kākano Aotearoa Trust community native plant nursery; in particular, nationally threatened and declining species such as the Olearia genus.


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Department of Conservation, Project Gold; Otago Community Trust; Flashworks Media; Treble Cone; Icebreaker; NZ Mountain Film and Book Festival; Puzzling World



Albert Town Lagoon

Albert Town Lagoon project provides an opportunity to create a diverse range of habitat within the reserve and restore the natural integrity of the lagoon as a distinctive natural feature of the Upper Clutha. As part of this we aim to restore the wetland to a more indigenous state, re-introducing species lost to the area where possible and providing a habitat for wetland wildlife. 

We are now providing the plants for the Albert Town Community Association (ACTA) who help us to plant and care for them.





QLDC, Ian Kennedy, Albert Town Community Association, Upper Clutha Tramping Club.


Roys Bay West

This habitat restoration project takes place along the Lake Wānaka foreshore between Stoney Creek and Waterfall Creek. It's Te Kākano's second native habitat restoration initiative, following the successful Waterfall Creek project. This foreshore is part of the current Glendhu Bay track (previously known as the Millennium track) and is also a part of the Te Araroa trail network (a foot trail stretching from Cape Reinga to Bluff). The project will be carried out in different stages and is divided into seven distinct sections based on existing vegetation, landscape values and use.


Photos   |   Project Brochure



Stage 1: NAB

Stage 2: Central Lakes Trust, Speights

Stage 3: Smart Environmental

Stage 4: Families of Neville Harris & Jennifer Cooper

Stage 5: Lions Club Wānaka & Districts, Edgewater Resort, Honda Tree Fund

Stage 6: Central Lakes Trust, Speights, Lions Club Wānaka & Districts, QLDC, Rippon Vineyard

Stage 7: Otago Community Trust

Stage 8: Norman (Fossil) Creek - see below. Smart Environmental.



Norman (Fossil) Creek

This habitat restoration project takes place along the Lake Wānaka foreshore in the vicinity of Norman Creek which is beyond Waterfall Creek - towards Glendhu Bay on the Glendhu Bay track. It is also a part of the Te Araroa trail network. As this area has good soil, a water supply, reasonable shelter and a lot of space it is worthy of our attention. We are concentrating on totara and kowhai but also planting mountain wineberry, koromiko, tree daisies and our first ever grove of mountain beech.


Smart Environmental, Aspiring Wealth Management, Wanaka Homestead Lodge & Cottages.

Penrith Reserve

We adopted the Penrith Reserve as a project to introduce more native plants into this area, which 

provides specialised habitats for a variety of fauna and flora. In 2019 the site was recognised as meeting our criteria for FiF funding so planting has continued with input from the Wānaka Water Project.


Photos  |   Project Flyer



Stage 1: NZ Mountain Film Festival Trust, Errol Plowman

Stage 2: Challenge Wānaka, QLDC, Watertight Systems, Penrith Residents Association, Balanced Chartered Accountants.

2019: Wānaka Water Project (Fif), Penrith Residents Association

2020: WAI Wānaka (Fif), local residents


Waterfall Creek

This project aimed to re-introduce indigenous species into the Waterfall Creek riparian zone, focusing on the vicinity of the Millennium Walkway bridge and down-stream to Lake Wānaka, comprising approximately 1.5 hectares of land. The project was significant in size and scope and was undertaken in three phases - Phase One: East Bank of Waterfall Creek, Phase Two: Access and Amenities Area of Waterfall Creek Track Junction and Phase Three: West Bank of Waterfall Creek. In 2012, we decided to extend the project area to include the adjacent Fossil Creek site.



Ministry for the Environment, Queenstown-Lakes District Council


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