Greening Taupō is an opportunity for Taupō residents and businesses to participate in a community conservation initiative

‘Building healthy neighbourhoods by increasing the greenery in our community and promoting green urban development is good for people, business and the environment.’

Awesome work by Shawn 'the vegetator' Vennell - Shawn got into the ring at the Zero Risk King of the Ring charity event for the trees and Greening Taupo supporters raised the roof in support when it was announced that $95,000 was raised for Greening Taupo to plant trees in the Wairakei Corridor.  An outstanding result!  Huge thanks to everyone that supported Shawn and the team but the biggest thanks goes to Shawn and his wife Cathy for really committing to Greening Taupo and what we stand for.  GT will be forever grateful and we cannot wait to muck in and get started on this project.

How can you help Greening Taupō?

Participate in planting

  • Come out and bring the family to one of the Greening Taupō Planting days - check out the events calendar for all the details
  • Plant in your own backyard too – check out our what to plant list

About Greening Taupō

The concept for Greening Taupō arose as a result of vision and discussions between Project Tongariro, the Department of Conservation and Wairakei Golf & Sanctuary who believed that a collaborative organisation could take conservation to the next level in the Taupō community. The goal is to replicate the intensive conservation work occurring within the Wairakei Golf & Sanctuary into the surrounding community.  The objective of Greening Taupō is to improve the Taupō environment for people and native wildlife and will involve undertaking restoration planting and pest control to create ecological corridors and increase the number of native birds. Particular attention will be focused on access routes to and from Taupō that will also help create a sense of arrival for Taupō.

With collaboration from the community, Greening Taupō can:

  • Create a sustainable future for our environment for generations to enjoy
  • Increase natural heritage, protection and restoration
  • Protect our unique biodiversity & environment
  • Increase recreational opportunities
  • Green environment = healthy environment


You and your familty can get involved in Greening Taupō by participating in one of our Community Planting Days or getting stuck in right in your own backyard.  

who are we?

Greening Taupō has been established to improve the Taupō environment for the people and native wildlife - it's an opportunity to participate in a community conservation initiative.  Find out more or learn about 'the value of trees'


Check out the map for the project area that is nearest to you.  Areas have been identified across Taupō that form ecological corridors that are best suited to allow bird and other native wildlife to flourish.

our partners

Greening Taupō is pleased to have awesome support from the Taupō community.  Other key partners include Taupō District Council, Contact Energy and Wairakei Resort Taupō.  Find out more about our partners or become a partner.