Port Hills, Canterbury

Port Hills, Canterbury
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Orongomai Reserve, Summit Road
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Orongomai Reserve is on the Port Hills, a 30-minute drive from Halswell. The reserve offers stunning views of the Southern Alps, the southern bight and Lake Te Waihora (Ellesmere), as well as the city and north to the Kaikoura ranges. It is managed by the Christchurch City Council Rangers. 

The reserve was grazed as farm land up to 15 years ago, but is now reverting naturally to forest, as native trees and plants establish through the scrub. There are some special plants in this reserve, including speargrass (Achiphylla subflabellata), ferns and native broom. There are also historic rock walls.  

Our focus in this reserve is to help control gorse and broom which compete with native plants. We’ll be helping the native ecosystem recover from human disturbances (fire, logging, grazing), to allow bracken and scrub to colonise naturally over time.  

No experience is necessary as training is provided. We also provide gloves, tools as well as free transport to and from the project if needed. 

What to bring/wear: sturdy boots, long sleeves and pants, waterproof jacket and a hat. Bring a water bottle and some food. 

What we provide: all tools and gloves provided as well as training and an experienced team leader. Free transport options available (seats are limited!) - get in touch to book a seat. 

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For more information, or for help with your booking, please contact the   office on +64 0800 127890 or email HFairbairn@cvnz.org.nz