Restoring the dunes
Dunes Trail Restoration Programme
Motu Trails Charitable Trust is a registered care group for the Tirohanga dunes east of Ōpōtiki, which is the area the Dunes Trail passes through. Led by the Trust and Bay of Plenty Regional Council, since 2014 volunteers have planted more than 20,000 plants along the dunes, as part of a wider biodiversity management plan to protect the fragile dune ecosystems.
This successful regeneration project has transformed an environmentally-degraded area into one that is rich in hardy, coast-loving natives such as ngaio, karo, ti kouka/cabbage tree, harakeke/flax and Pohutukawa. Each year it gets better.