What is Greening Taupō?

The concept for Greening Taupō arose as a result of the vision of 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 Wairakei Golf + Sanctuary built a predator proof fence around the sanctuary, encompassing approximately 180 hectares, to create a unique experience where golfers can experience New Zealand’s wildlife. Inside the sanctuary, with the exception of mice, all mammalian pests were eradicated in 2010. The Sanctuary is undertaking extensive indigenous forest restoration to enhance habitat for native birds, which already have increased in abundance and are spreading out into the surrounding area. The Sanctuary also has plans to reintroduce suitable species and is already being used as a kiwi crèche — growing juvenile kiwi that normally would be killed by introduced predators to a relative safe size before being released back into kiwi sanctuaries. The Sanctuary has plans to re-establish more threatened species that area capable of living within the area, such as the kakariki (NZ parakeet).

The objective of Greening Taupō is to improve the Taupō environment for people and native wildlife.  This involves undertaking restoration planting and pest control to create ecological corridors to allow the number of native birds to flourish.  Particular attention will be focused on access routes in and out of Taupō that will help create a sense of arrival for visitors to Taupō.

Joined by key partners Taupō District Council, Contact Energy, Wairakei Resort Taupō, Waikato Regional Council, Taupō Native Plant Nursery, Forest & Bird, Bike Taupō and Huka Honey Hive, Greening Taupo has moved from concept to reality and together we are calling for the entire Taupō community to get behind the initiative.

With collaboration from the community, Greening Taupō can create a sustainable future for our environment for generations to enjoy.

Click here to find out more about 'Our Mission' and 'Our Achievements'


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.