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Green Footprint Project

11,000 trees and counting!

Thanks to The Green Footprint Project YHA guests and supporters can contribute improving our environment by donating a small amount to this project. Your contribution goes towards purchasing a native tree or shrub which is then planted in Canterbury or Wellington. Started in 2004 Wellington, Christchurch and National Office staff and volunteers hold planting days each spring where pokaka, totara, matai, kohikatea and more are planted to support biodiversity.

While hostelling with YHA itself is a perfect example of sustainable travel, due to our carbon neutral efforts, YHA guests and supporters can go the extra eco mile with the Green Footprint Project. 


A joint initiative between YHA New Zealand, The Waihora Ellesmere Trust and Selwyn District Council, each year our Christchurch team takes a day to plant in reserve land south of Christchurch at Coes and Chamberlains Ford. This project aims to attract bellbirds back to the area and to enhance the local indigenous biodiversity.


In 2009 the project was extended to the North Island and we now have joint planting programmes with both the Greater Wellington Regional Council and the Wellington Zoo.

Fern vertical close up image in Hinewai Reserve

Green Footprint Donations

Click "pay now" to donate from $5 to $100, or contact our Customer Services team if you'd like to donate a different amount. Thank you!

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