Whakaipo Bay Recreational Reserve (DOC)

Living Legends volunteers and King Country Rugby Legend Sir Colin Meads have now planted a total of 11,500 native trees at Whakaipo Bay Recreation Reserve near Taupo. 5000 were planted during Rugby World Cup in 2011 and a further 3000 planted at the 2012 event and 3500 at the 2013 event.  This year Greening Taupo is partnering with the Department of Conservation to continue this planting. We would love you to join us and continue this tradition. 

Sunday the 17th of August, 10am, at Whakaipo Bay, Taupo.

Please bring a spade and gloves. This year the volunteers are digging the holes, so there is some extra fun to be had! There will be refreshments at the Girl Guide Camp after the planting.

Traditionally the day is for kids, families, even the pet dog. Spread the word and see you there!!

The Whakaipo Bay Recreation Reserve is one of the most stunning locations that Living Legends will be helping to restore. This former farm is now a very significant recreation area for Taupo and the wider New Zealand community. Bordering the lake and less than 15 minutes from Taupo central, it is seen as a key area to promote recreation opportunities. It is inevitable that this landscape, with its spectacular views across Lake Taupo and entry to the W2K mountain bike trail, will become a national icon within the lands managed by DOC.

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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.