There are three planting sites around Kaikoura for Trees for Travellers and these are planted by our staff and trained volunteers. As each site is planted we will move to other sites around the town until the township is full of trees and birdlife once more. These sites are all council or government reserves so there is no danger of the trees being removed at anytime. Details of our three project sites are listed below:
Tom's Track is a 15 minute track running between Torquay Street and Scarborough Terrace and is the main planting site for Trees for Travellers. Until its development for planting it was overgrown with many weed species including wilding trees, gorse, blackberry, Old Man's Beard & Banana Pasionfruit. These are gradually being removed or out-competed as our trees grow. The walkway was developed in the early 2000's by volunteers working for Innovative Waste and named after local Tom Smith who tragically died when struck by a Whale he was attempting to free from a craypot.
The Cemetery Walkway or Aranehu Walkway, is a short link track running between Killarney Street and Scarborough Terrace via the Kaikoura Cemetery. It was developed in the mid 2000's by volunteers to provide different sites and planting areas for some tree species to Tom's Track. It also provided a good link track and alternative route for people walking the popular Kaikoura Peninsula walkway
Kaikoura's Peninsula Walkway is an iconic walking track from Kaikoura to South Bay and back again that follows the cliffs and bays at the end of the peninsula. It allows walkers to enjoy broad vistas of the ocean as well as wildlife such as a seagull and seal colony. It has been extensively upgraded by Department of Conversation staff to include high accessibility walkways and routes to the bays. It was established as a planting area for Trees for Travellers relatively recently as the Department of Conservation and Kaikoura District Council work in partnership to increase the biodiversity of the peninsula.
The large trees for the high canopy of the forest includes species like Totara, Rimu and Beech. To make sure the tree is right for the planting site we will select an appropriate tree species on your behalf. You will be informed of the species once the tree has been planted and recorded.
Small tree species make up the lower canopy trees within the forest and include some beautiful species such as the Cabbage Tree and Kowhai with its stunning flowers. To make sure the plant is right for the planting site, we will select a small tree species on your behalf. You will be informed of the species once your tree has been planted and recorded.