Here's what's planned for the City Nature Challenge in Ōtautahi/Christchurch city

For all four days of the 2021 City Nature Challenge, from Friday 30 April to Monday 3 May, Christchurch city/Ōtautahi will be outside nature watching. Tūranga, the central library, will be our hub throughout the City Nature Challenge. See https://christchurch.bibliocommons.com/events/6080c4181aa7d52400e42e31.

Folk have got a variety of trips and events planned to get out and document all the species living in Christchurch. Below are the trips we know about so far, from the more formal to the casual.

If there's something below happening in your area, feel free to message the user on iNaturalist NZ and get the details. We'll also update this page with more details as they come in.


Jenny Saito (@jennysaito) and Colin Meurk (@meurkc) are leading an eight day walk of the amazing Christchurch 360 Trail, starting on Sunday 25 April and finishing Sunday 2 May. During the City Nature Challenge, they'll be doing the Spencer Park to Pages Rd section on Friday, on Saturday they'll be walking from Pages Road around the estuary and oxidation ponds, through Ferrymead to Sumner & Taylors Mistake, and on Sunday they'll finish by walking from Taylors Mistake to Gondola via Godley Heads. The team is already in place for that walk, but you'll be able to follow their progress on iNaturalist NZ and leave comments and identifications.

Sarah Mankelow will be pond dipping at Te Oranga Waikura 10–11 am on Friday morning, 521 Ferry Road, next to the Kimihia Early Learning Centre (see https://ccc.govt.nz/parks-and-gardens/explore-parks/waterways/heathcote-river/te-oranga-waikura)

Paula Greer (@pagreer) will be leading a Canterbury Botanical Society walk of the Avon River on Saturday starting at Barbados Street cemetery at 9.30 am and walking through the Red Zone. See the Canterbury Botanical Society website for details. All are welcome.

On Saturday morning from 10–12, Annette Bolton (@annettebolton) & Simon Watts (@ simonwatts) will be exploring the sand dunes and estuary at South Shore. Meet at the Southshore Spit Reserve at 10 AM. All welcome. [More details are in the comment by @simonwatts below.]

Join Tim Curran (@timcurran) of Lincoln University and Spencer Virgin (@svirgin) of the University of Canterbury for a 1.5 hour rockpooling expedition at Taylor’s Mistake on Saturday 1 May. Meet at 1:15pm on the beach in front of the Taylor’s Mistake Surf Lifesaving Club and we’ll head off and explore the rockpools to the north and/or south of the beach. Please bring sun protection, warm clothing, suitable shoes (e.g. gumboots), drinks and snacks. Tim’s mobile is 0221206336.

Alice Shanks (@alice_shanks) is leading a Canterbury Botanical Society trip to Magnet Bay, Banks Peninsula, on Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm. See the Canterbury Botanical Society website for details. There is a limit of ten people for this trip. [See the comment by @alice_shanks below with more details.]

Throughout the event, Rob Cruickshank (@robcruickshank) & Cor Vink (@corvink) will be setting up invertebrate traps at Tūranga, the central library, and looking at their contents with microscopes. Stop by to see what they're finding.

Jon Sullivan (@jon_sullivan), Laura Molles (@laura-nz), and others, will be leading short public nature walks out from Tūranga, the central library, throughout Sunday. We're hoping to line up people to lead nature walks from Tūranga on the Saturday also.

On Monday 3 May, Colin Meurk (@meurkc) and Paula Godfrey (@paulagodfrey) will be leading a walk through the grey/rubble-fields and cemeteries of the city. All welcome. More details will be available soon.

Nathan Odgers (@crellow) will be exploring the Styx River area on Friday.

Vicky Southworth will be leading an exploration of the Opawaho-Heathcote River.

Karen Banwell (@karen674) will be exploring the Lyttelton Harbour shore.

Alex Fergus (@fergus) will be exploring the Akaroa area over two days.

Pieter Pelser (@pelser), Ian Dickie (@iandickie), and Steve Pawson (@stevepawson) will be exploring the University of Canterbury campus.

Sarah Mankelow will be doing a rocky shore scramble in Corsair Bay.

Paula Godfrey (@paulagodfrey) will be exploring the summit and reserves on the shaded side of Mt Herbert , Banks Peninsula.

Jon Sullivan (@jon_sullivan) and James Ross (@rossj3) will be exploring Living Springs in Lyttelton Harbour on Saturday with Lincoln University students.

Jon Sullivan (@jon_sullivan) will be running from the Sign of the Kiwi to Cathedral Square and back on Monday, making observations along the way.


If you've got something planned that you want everyone to know about, please drop it in the comments below. Otherwise, go exploring with friends and family in your neighbourhood. How many species you can find? What's in flower and fruit at the moment? Can you find something you've never seen before? Upload anything you photograph or record onto iNaturalist NZ with the free iNaturalist app or our iNaturalist NZ website. Our enthusiastic community of nature experts will pitch in and tell you what you've found.


After the four day observing period, the iNaturalist NZ community has one week to upload and identify all of our observations. During this time there will be two upload and identification workshops at Tūranga on Thursday 6 May and Sunday 9 May (we’ll give you more precise details nearer the time). These will be opportunities for us to get together to make a concerted effort to get everything uploaded and identified, to have some fun learning from each other, and to talk to the public about what we’re doing and what we’ve found.

At 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm on the evening of Tuesday 11 May there will be a wrap up social event in the TSB Space on the 1st floor of Tūranga to celebrate all our hard work. By this time we will have the final global tally of observations, observers, and species from all of the 400+ cities in more 40 countries taking part.

Posted by jon_sullivan jon_sullivan, April 25, 2021 10:30

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Thanks for all the details @jon_sullivan !
Do you need anyone assisting new users at Tūranga on Saturday, or have the librarians / others got that covered? I could spare a couple of hours on Saturday if you do.

On Sunday I'll be heading with my family to a KCC organised event around lunchtime - Autumn Picnic at Riccarton Bush. Kids exploring fungi and nature is the theme. I'll be making observations on the sly too. I think the event is open to all as long as you register. Message me if you're interested in attending and I can check for you / provide more details.

Posted by agoranomos about 2 months ago (Flag)
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Hi there @agoranomos,
Yes please! We could really use your help at Tūranga on Saturday. What time suits you best?
Thank you, Rob

Posted by robcruickshank about 2 months ago (Flag)
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Hiya
have you reached out to the Riccarton Bush ranger? he came along to one our INaturalistNZ intro workshops. He might be keen to touch base and give you some tips on the best places to spot fungi in the bush and maybe also make some sly observations with a mentor beside him.

Posted by smankelow about 2 months ago (Flag)
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Thanks @smankelow. That's a good idea.

(Making sly observations seems to be the theme of the comments so far. Maybe we need "#slyobs" as a tag through the challenge. How many species can we observe while in a crowd without anyone noticing? Of course, for the City Nature Challenge, it's a whole lot better to get the whole crowd observing too.)

Posted by jon_sullivan about 2 months ago (Flag)
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The Canterbury Botanical Society Magnet Bay Scenic Reserve City Nature Challenge
Saturday 1 May 9 am to 5 pm

The Botanical Society will contribute records by visiting Magnet Bay scenic reserve. To date, there are only a handful of iNaturalist records at the very southern end of the reserve.
Time to meet: 9 am at the Halswell Bowling Green, 301 Halswell Road, or 10 am at the Little River café.
Carpool contribution: suggested petrol reimbursement $10.
Bring: your cellphone with the iNat app loaded or a camera and map. You will also need to carry your lunch, thermos/drink bottle, warm jacket, sunhat. Boots essential.

Grade: Untracked bush, bouldery and steep, volcanic cliffs.
Limited places: 10
Contact: Please contact Alice alice@caverock.net.nz if you intend to come along so I can let you know if the trip is cancelled

Posted by alice_shanks about 2 months ago (Flag)
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Come and help gather records at the Southsore Spit reserve and environs. The Brighton Observatory of Environment and Economics will run an event as part of the City Nature Challenge at the Southshore Spit Reserve, Saturday 1 May 10-12. Meet at the Reserve entrance at 10am.

Please dress appropriately and according to conditions. Please bring with you an interest/enthusiasm for the birds, animals, plants and critters who share this part of the world as their home.
We suggest also bring hot/cold drink and snack, and (if you have one) a phone with iNaturalist installed, or a camera.
We will be within a 15 minute walk of the reserve at all times, see http://www.boee.nz for details.

Posted by simonwatts about 2 months ago (Flag)
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Posted by jon_sullivan about 2 months ago (Flag)
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@robcruickshank I'm not entirely sure yet. Probably around the middle of the day. I'll message you once I work out when I'm available exactly.
@smankelow They'll have a fungi expert on hand for the event - might be that ranger maybe?
@jon_sullivan I've dropped the KCC organisers your email in case they want to promote the event officially through this page. I'd feel less need to be making #slyobs if they did!

Posted by agoranomos about 2 months ago (Flag)
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@agoranomos Brilliant! Thank you. See you on Saturday.

Posted by robcruickshank about 2 months ago (Flag)
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Thanks @agoranomos!

Posted by jon_sullivan about 2 months ago (Flag)
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Note that I've just updated the post with the details of the Saturday afternoon tide-pooling trip, which will be at Taylor's Mistake (and not Sumner). It sounds like great fun, and everyone's welcome:

Join Tim Curran (@timcurran) of Lincoln University and Spencer Virgin (@svirgin) of the University of Canterbury for a 1.5 hour rockpooling expedition at Taylor’s Mistake on Saturday 1 May. Meet at 1:15pm on the beach in front of the Taylor’s Mistake Surf Lifesaving Club and we’ll head off and explore the rockpools to the north and/or south of the beach. Please bring sun protection, warm clothing, suitable shoes (e.g. gumboots), drinks and snacks.

Posted by jon_sullivan about 2 months ago (Flag)
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Vicky Southworth led walk on Monday 3rd May, 10am. We will start just on the city side of the Ferrymead Bridge (https://goo.gl/maps/TFiQsHQ8JvTWTmRz9). Come by bus on Route 3 or 140, or park on Tidal View or Scott Park. We will walk the track beside the estuary behind Settlers Crescent, through to the Ferrymead Heathcote Saltmarsh, then cross under Tunnel Road and carry on alongside The Cut to the barrage at Radley Park and then through Connal Reserve to Radley Street Bridge. If the group is keen we will stop for a coffee at The Tannery and then trek back up to Woolston to reconnect with the Route 3 bus.

Those who would like an extended walk could carry on to King George V reserve and then use the Orbiter bus from opposite New World St Martins, to rejoin Route 3 on Ferry Road and back to Ferrymead.

Posted by vickys73 about 2 months ago (Flag)
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@agoranomos @crellow Just a heads up that if you arrive at Tūranga at around 10.00 am tomorrow, I might be in the exhibition space on the 2nd floor of the library showing a group around the Wild Ōtautahi exhibition. I should be back on the ground floor by about 10.30 am. Thank you! Rob.

Posted by robcruickshank about 2 months ago (Flag)
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@robcruickshank Not a problem. I will have a toddler in tow, so no guarantees I'll be able to get there by 10 am anyway.

Posted by crellow about 2 months ago (Flag)
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@robcruickshank That shouldn't be an issue as I am planning on showing up around midday - aiming for approx. 12:30 and staying for a couple of hours or so - depending on how busy it is.

Posted by agoranomos about 2 months ago (Flag)

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