Restore Hibiscus & Bays Launches Largest Planting Season Yet – May 2024

As winter comes to the Hibiscus & Bays area, anticipation is already building for a season of growth and renewal. Restore Hibiscus & Bays, a community nonprofit dedicated to environmental restoration, is thrilled to announce its upcoming planting days scheduled, throughout June, July, and August. With the support of our Local Board, Foundation North and the Auckland Council Parks Department there is an impressive 10,000-plus seedlings slated for planting this season which promises to be the most ambitious yet. 

Restore Hibiscus & Bays has been at the forefront of local conservation efforts, with volunteers from all walks of life helping to restore our local reserves and create thriving ecosystems across the Local Board.  “We’re immensely grateful for the tireless efforts of our volunteers who make our planting days possible,” says Kelly Meikle, Manager of Restore Hibiscus & Bays. “Their passion and commitment are truly inspiring, and together, we’re making a tangible difference in our environment.” 

Preparations are underway for the first of our 15 planting days, with the first coming up on the 8th June. Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to roll up their sleeves and join in the effort to plant thousands of trees, creating vital habitat for local wildlife, stabilise coastal and stream edges, mitigate the effects of climate change, help build soil and reduce erosion.  As well as beautifying our local areas; it builds resilience by planting native species, which restores balance to our ecosystems and creates a healthier environment for future generations.  

But the planting days are just the beginning. Following the initial plantings, maintenance days will be held in the coming months, where volunteers will have the chance to weed and mulch the newly planted areas, ensuring their survival. “Coming back and seeing how the plants have grown over the year is great fun, especially for the kids” 

“We’re inviting individuals, businesses, groups, and families to join us in this collective effort. Whether you’re a seasoned volunteer or someone looking to make a difference for the first time, there’s a place for you here with RHB.  We can’t wait to see everyone working together and networking at our upcoming tree planting events!” 

Don’t miss out on the chance to be part of something truly special.   Join Restore Hibiscus & Bays this winter at one of these RHB community planting days: 


Deep Creek and Reserve, Waiake – Saturday 8 Jun 2024, 10am-1pm 

Campbell Glade Reserve, Waiake – Saturday 22 Jun 2024, 10am – 12pm  

Winstones Cove, Waiake – Sunday 7 Jul 2024,10am-1pm  

Stredwick Reserve, Torbay – Saturday 3 Aug 2024,10am – 1pm 

Emlyn Place Reserve, Torbay – Saturday 10 Aug 2024,10am – 1pm 

Browns Bay 

Freyberg Park – Sunday 23 Jun 2024 – 10am – 12pm

Taiaotea Reserve – Saturday 29 Jun 2024, 10am – 12pm 

Bushglen Reserve – Sunday 30 Jun 2024, 10am – 1pm 

Longmead Reserve – Saturday 13 Jul 2024, 10am – 1pm 

Bayside Drive – Saturday 3 Aug 2024, 10am – 1pm 

Freyberg Park – Sunday 23 Jun 2024 – 10am – 12pm 

Murrays Bay 

Taiorahi – Speedy Reserve – Sunday 16 Jun 2024, 10am – 1pm 

Hibiscus Coast

Ōtanerua Reserve, Hatfields Beach – Sunday 16 June 2024, 10am–1pm 

Amorino Park, Red Beach – Sunday 23 June 2024, 10am- 12pm 

Pacific Parade Coastal Reserve, Army Bay – Saturday 6 July 2024, 10am – 1pm 

Kath Hopper Drive, Orewa – Wednesday 26 June 2024, 10am-4pm 

Okoromai-Clansman Reserve, Army Bay – Saturday 24 August 2024, 10am-1pm.   

For more information about each planting day, please visit or check out all RHB’s events