Gift a Tree Planting Day 2024

Eskdale Reserve | Birkdale


Join us for our most heartfelt day at Eskdale Reserve in Birkdale. Share in the aroha as we plant 200 native trees in the majestic Eskdale Reserve. This special planting day happens once a year, when we invite those people who have given or received tree gifts through our gift-a-tree offering. Together, we plant a gifted forest so that friends and family can watch their gifts grow and grow until one day, they can walk together beneath their branches.

Each year, our tree givers and receivers are invited first to come along, and then we open a few spaces to the community at large to share this experience. If you didn't gift or get a tree gift this year, sit tight and wait until we announce that these tickets are open, it is a day not to be missed!

We will end the planting session with a shared, free barbeque next to the reserve.


Thank you to our tree gifters who make this incredible event possible each year.


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Cost: FREE
See below for event times and register.
Date Time Location
Not yet open to public
Pā Harakeke site, Merril Place Reserve
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Our Work at Eskdale Reserve

What a great way for you to make a positive impact on the environment, right when the planet really needs you! Volunteering at Eskdale Reserve contributes to 5 of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals:

3: Good Health and Well-Being 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities 13. Climate Action 14. Life Below Water 15. Life on Land






Eskdale Reserve is one of the largest Significant Ecological Areas (SEA) in Auckland, it also has a particularly impressive biodiversity for its size and location, and it hosts and protects the Eskdale Stream which feeds directly into the ocean at Kaipātiki Estuary and Sunset Bay.
Since 1998, Kaipātiki Project has been working hard to restore and protect Eskdale Reserve. Our activities include restoration planting, pest control, water quality monitoring and weed removal, as well as further conservation efforts for kākahi/freshwater mussels, titiwai/glowworms, and pekapeka/bats. With plenty of opportunities to learn and explore, you'll discover the wonders of our native ngahere and actively preserve and protect the eco-system as a whole.

Would you like to get involved?

Regeneration of this unique space continues throughout the year, well beyond planting season. In fact, planting days are just the cherry on top, where regular regeneration days are the whole cake! Join us for "the whole cake" and see what it takes to keep our local ecosystems thriving:

Eskdale Regeneration Champions

These events are a great opportunity to connect with the community and with nature, while becoming a highly knowledgeable, seasoned-hand at native bush regeneration.