Get involved with conservation groups who are working with the Department of Conservation (DOC) to protect New Zealand's natural and cultural heritage. You can also volunteer for a DOC project.
View a factsheet about volunteer opportunities in Christchurch and Banks Peninsula area (PDF, 280K).
The Ashley/Rakahuri Rivercare Group work to protect braided river birds on the Ashley/Rakahuri River, near Rangiora, Canterbury.
The Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust works with local landowners, communities and agencies to protect and restore biodiversity on Banks Peninsula.
The Little River Railtrail Trust is developing a walk/cycleway along a 19th century railway line between Christchurch and Little River, Banks Peninsula.
The Godley Head Heritage Trust aims to preserve and maintain the historic assets of Godley Head, Christchurch.
The Kurow Town Enhancement Group has adopted 'Kurow Island' and is hoping to turn this old landfill site into a recreational area worth visiting.
This Lake Alexandrina Conservation Trust has undertaken a programme of environmental restoration within the Lake Alexandrina reserve area, as well as raising awareness among bach holders.
The Lake Heron Conservation Group aims to provide a safe breeding haven for waterfowl on Lake Heron by trapping predators.
The aim of the Lindis Pass Conservation Trust is to rid Lindis Pass Reserve of weeds, so that the snow tussock can be enjoyed in its full glory.
Ohau Conservation Trust is helping protect the special values of the high country, around Lake Ohau, South Canterbury.
Get information on more Canterbury conservation groups.
The Ōtumahua/Quail Island Restoration Trust has a long term aim to restore Ōtumahua/Quail Island, near Christchurch.
RUG - which stands for Recreation User Groups - is a group of people specifically interested in keeping up-to-date with recreation on Canterbury public conservation lands.
Talbot Forest Working Group work co-operatively to protect and enhance Talbot Forest Scenic Reserve at Geraldine, in the South Island.
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