News & Events


The annual Apple (and Pear) Pressing time has arrived - hopefully you have spent the last few weeks scrumping….Head to the Southland Community Nursery at 1pm (or stay on with your shared lunch after the normal Friday morning session). Bring plastic containers for your juice. Please park at 183 Grant Road More info from Chris 2131161

OTATARA SCENIC RESERVE - The Wonders of the Waterways and Grand Traverse!

Join us on Sunday 8th May 1pm at the Otatara Community Hall for a ‘rigorous exploration’ of the Otatara Scenic Reserve. The afternoon will kick off with Maurice Rodway sharing the wonders of the waterways in the Reserve. Lloyd Esler will then embark on his adventure, across the middle to the Dunn’s Road chalet/toilet/carpark. Can you navigate with compass/GPS? An expedition not for the faint hearted, bring your gumboots, scratch proof clothing and gloves to pull out a few weeds on the way

2016 Events

The new calendar of events for the 2016 year is here - click the link above


In February we have some good events coming up:

Sunday 14 February - Bushy Point Valentines Day work day! – 1pm-3pm (ph Sally 2131403)

Wednesday 17 February - Visit a “natural swimming pool” in the making 7-8pm - Malcolm Williams - 30 Taiepa Road, Otatara (Malcolms advice - come down drive 32-34 and park on right) (ph Chris 2131161)

Friday 19 February - Native Plant Seed Collecting Workshop – 1-3pm Southland Community Nursery, 185 Grant Road (ph Chris 2131161). (park at 183 Grant Road car park). Gold Coin Donation.

Monday 22 February - Chilean flame creeper removal, Bowman’s Bush, Ruru Ave – 7pm-9pm (ph Randall 2130851)

You dont need to book just come along and bring a friend!




ECO FUN DAY for Children of All Ages and it's FREE!


A great day out at Bushy Point brought to you by the Otatara Landcare Group and Kiwi Conservation Club (junior Branch of Forest and Bird) - check in at the Southland Community Nursery in Grant Road (but please park at the car park at 183 Grant Road then follow the signs) any time between 1pm-3pm and grab your Starter Kit. This will lead you through the forest, stopping at Stations along the way to check out the bugs; take a look at trees and plant one of your own (name it and visit it next year to see who has grown the most); build a boat from things found round and about; what critters can you find in the pond?; scavenger hunt; learn the difference between a stoat and a weasel. When you’ve done all that, getting stamps and stickers as you go, wander back to the start and head for home with a native plant to grow in your own garden. Any info needed? Phone 2131403

The Great Kereru Count and Trip

The Great Kereru Count is on NOW!!! 

*The Great Kererū Count is the largest national citizen science project to help gather information on the abundance and distribution of the New Zealand pigeon – also known as wood pigeon, kererū, Kūkū or kūkupa. The Great Kererū Count takes place 2015 from 19-27 September. This year will be even easier to make your kererū count with the introduction of NatureWatch NZ.

Check out and and If you have an ipad or iphone, download the iNaturalist app ready for the count.


Join us to see, learn about and count Kererū

Saturday 26th September 2015

  • · 9am Meet at Bush Haven, 49 Bryson Road Otatara. Then…
  • · 10am-12noon Southland Community Nursery Education Centre, 185 Grant Road, Otatara, Invercargill

We invite you to this family event. Get up close to Kereru at the Bush Haven Native Bird Rehabilitation Centre at feeding time. Then we will head 2 minutes down the road to the Education Centre to learn about this special bird of our forest, take part in the Great New Zealand Kererū Count*, and have some outdoor fun in nature. Contact for this event: Bronwyn on email:

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