We are very excited to be delivering a project funded by Jobs for Nature, Restoring Nature at Bullock Creek, situated approximately 2kms north of Punakaiki Village. This area is Department of Conservation Stewardship land and borders the Paparoa National Park.
The former farmland and wetland we are restoring covers 153 hectares, and incorporates the old Inland Pack Track which runs for 25 kilometres from Fox River through to Punakaiki River. Other tracks which can be accessed from here include the Cave Creek and Mt Bovis walks.
This land is nationally significant as it is New Zealand’s only polje. The Punungairo/ Bullock Creek polje (pronounced poll-yer) is a large flat-floored depression in a karst limestone landscape. It is a stunning landscape backing onto the Paparoa mountains and is surrounded by tall cliffs, and dense beech and kahikatea forest. It’s also a rich fauna habitat with kārearea, kereru and other native bird species being spotted frequently, as well as kiwi being recorded in bird monitoring surveys.
The four year $3.7 million Restoring Nature project will restore this unique landscape, planting around 375,000 native trees. All the trees planted will be eco-sourced locally and raised in our Punakaiki nursery.