Backyard Planting

Please note: (Due to overwhelming demand,  we are no longer accepting requests for free trees. We are all out)          

CVNZ has teamed up with Mondelēz New Zealand to give away 1,500 free native trees and shrubs to households in Auckland (available now) and Christchurch (available soon) to help attract native birds and bees to your backyard. Whether you have a small or large garden, it’s easy to attract birds year-round, especially in winter when many species will travel further in search of food. We’ve chosen a range of trees to suit most gardens, all you need to do is get in touch and come pick up your free trees.

We have a variety of trees available for pick up from our Christchurch and Auckland offices. We also have resources on our Backyard Planting webpage to help you learn how to plant a tree and about each tree species, where it grows best, size, and species it attracts. Please see our species list below. Get in touch to confirm what’s available and arrange a collection. We have a limit of 10 trees per household but let us know if you have a project that could require more, such as for a school or community group.

Auckland: Kawakawa, Kōwhai, Pūriri,  Māpou, Koromiko, Tītoki,  Putaputawētā, Houhere.

Christchurch: Māhoe, Kōwhai, Māpou, Koromiko, Whauwhaupaku (Fivefinger).

New Zealand native trees are wonderfully unique and our flora has evolved in isolation for millions of years. Native trees have many important benefits. They are perfectly suited to our environments and ecosystems and provide important food, shelter and habitats for our native birds, bats, lizards, invertebrates and aquatic life.

Planting native trees and shrubs in your backyard is a great way to attract birds, lizards, bees and other insects to your garden and eventually could create a greenway across the city and a safe space for our feathered friends to call home. It doesn’t matter the size of your garden. Any garden can be made more attractive to wildlife, even smaller ones. Your garden may not be large enough for birds to nest and breed, but they may still use it for food and shelter. In urban areas, many parks, wetlands and native bush are smaller and spread out across a larger area. Your garden may help birds move between these areas.


Contact us:


email: [email protected]

phone: 0800 56 76 86




email: [email protected]

phone: 021 457 568