Pūtaringamotu Riccarton Bush Fund
Pūtaringamotu Riccarton Bush – Major Enhancement Project
We are backing an important kaitiakitanga project to enhance the ecologically significant lowland native bush at Riccarton Bush.
The Riccarton Bush Trust is charged with protecting and enhancing Pūtaringamotu/Riccarton Bush as well as promoting its natural and cultural heritage. Riccarton Bush is a very special place and with over 75,000 visitors each year.
Areas of the boardwalk are starting to fail, and the concrete paths have become displaced and uneven and are creating a tripping hazard. Our interpretation and signage are dated and there is very little to inform and educate their visitors on the cultural significance of this very special place.
The Trust has just embarked on one of the biggest projects since the predator-proof fence was installed.
The scope of the project is to:
- Integrate Ngāi Tūāhuriri narratives, values and associations with Pūtaringamotu/Riccarton Bush through design, art, entrance experience and interpretation
- Upgrade of the track system
- Develop areas such as the Grove to support larger groups visiting Pūtaringamotu/Riccarton Bush
- Provide interpretation to educate, engage and encourage participation
Donate now to show your support for this project.
Riccarton Bush Pūtaringamotu is a 7.8-hectare remnant Kahikatea Forest situated just 3km from the city centre of Christchurch.
Gates are open during daylight hours and public access during these times is free.
Visit and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of being in a native forest that has trees that are up to 600 years old. There is nearly 900 metres of tracks to enjoy with it all being flat and accessible to most. As you wind your way through this ancient forest be sure to keep and eye and an ear out for the numerous native birds that call this place home, such as: Kereru/Wood Pigeon, Korimako/Bellbird, Piwakawaka/Fantail, and Riroriro/Grey Warbler. These birds, as well as native insects and geckos are here largely because Riccarton Bush is surrounded by a predator-proof fence.
Pūtaringamotu is hugely significant, ecologically and culturally. It is the largest remnant of alluvial podocarp forest on the lower Canterbury Plains and Banks Peninsula, a forest type that today only covers a tiny fraction of its former extent. It is a key Mahinga Kai site for Ngai Tuahuriri, and the place of first permanent European settlement in Otautahi.
Pūtaringamotu is thought to mean ‘the place of the echo’ or ‘the severed ear’. The latter is thought to refer to the bush being isolated from other forests. It is also believed by local Māori that at a certain place in the forest, those trained and skilled in the practice could hear the sound of people approaching on the trails through the surrounding swampland by putting their ear to the ground – hence the ‘place of the echo’.
The Bush was gifted to the people of Christchurch by the Deans family, with the official hand-over date being 2 November 1914 (when the Riccarton Bush Act was gazetted). The Act seeks to preserve the bush for the benefit and enjoyment of the people of Christchurch. This is achieved through vigilant management by the Riccarton Bush Trust and the operational staff.
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Since the earthquakes, the Jetty has sat in disrepair… but not for much longer! With over $1 million raised so far, the Trust will soon sign a construction contract to begin the rebuild in 2022.
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