This year’s Motu Trails’ Dunes Trail planting days will all be in June, with the aim to give plants the best chance to get established through the cooler days of winter. You don't need any experience to help and all ages are welcome!

Sunday 5, 19, 26 June, email if you have queries.


While much of the coastal environment alongside the Dunes Trail is now well covered in trees and plants, there are still gaps to fill.

The first planting day will be this Sunday 5 June, focusing on areas near Wairakaia road end. Following planting days will focus on areas near each end of the Dunes Trail.

Species will mostly be the same hardy types as planted in past years: ngaio, ti kouka, karo, coastal five finger and harakeke. These are proven performers, able to grow well despite poor soil, long dry periods, and exposed locations.

Planting days have been held each year since the Dunes Trail’s official opening in May 2012, with over 25,000 trees and plants dug in. In places, trees are now several metres high.

Trees, plants and flaxes are funded by Bay of Plenty Regional Council, with support of Motu Trails Charitable Trust.

Planters are asked to wear covered shoes or boots. Bring a spade if you have one, though there will be some available. A BBQ will be held afterwards.

Dunes Trail planting Days: Sunday 5th, 19th and 26th June. Access the first planting day by walking 400m from Wairakaia road, which is 4km east of Opotiki on SH35. Or, ride or walk 4.5k along the trail from Opotiki.

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