Bothamley Park Restoration
Aotea, Porirua

Aotea, Porirua
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Free transport available from Wellington City, Porirua or on-request.
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Imagine a forest alive with the sound of tui and a clean stream full of inanga and tuna/eels. Bothamley Park was once covered with dense native forest. So come help us to restore Bothamley Park where some of the old-growth forest still stands. Join us for a day of freshwater conservation and give back to your local community!

Bothamley Park is a large Y-shaped park which is sandwiched between the suburbs of Cannons Creek and Aotea in Porirua. The environment in the park is a mixture of old-stand native forest, ornamental exotic trees, and regenerating native bush.  Being located in close proximity to Belmont Regional Park, Bothamley Park is an important ecological corridor and is the home to a number of threatened bird and plant species. Shortjaw kokopu have been found in the stream running through the park. They are the rarest of the five whitebait species, usually only found as solitary fish or in low numbers at any given site. The other whitebait species also found here are inanga, banded kokopu, giant kokopu and koaro.

Join us and the Aotea Conservation Volunteer Community Group as we restore native flora to the area by controlling weeds and grasses.

What to wear/bring: Sturdy boots are essential, long sleeves, and long trousers. Ensure you pack warm clothes such as a jacket, beanie, jumper and a rain jacket to protect you against wind and rain. Bring a full water bottle and snacks!

What we provide: fully trained team leader/s, gloves, tools and training.

Free transport to and from Wellington and Porirua city centre is available (contact us to arrange a pick-up).

REGISTRATIONS ESSENTIAL AS PLACES ARE LIMITED. Email to register or sign up on our website. 

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For more information, or for help with your booking, please contact the Melrose, office on 02187 8185 or email