Meet our forest families free fun day at Riccarton Bush, Christchurch

Sarah Mankelow —  15/09/2011
William and Josie Webb meet our forest friends in Riccarton Bush.

William and Josie Webb meet our forest friends in Riccarton Bush

Come to Riccarton Bush, Christchurch this coming Sunday
To our meet the forest families, at our free family fun day

We’ve got guided walks and games, crafts and treats
And some forest creatures we’d love you to meet 

Kiwi chicks are hiding – you won’t see them this Sunday
But we’ll have a kiwi egg hunt – come join in the play! 

Weta; S Parkkali.

Weta is waiting to meet you!

Five wētā are hidden in the kahikatea tree
With a word to spell out – what will it be? 

Geckos are great – with coats grey, brown or green
Check out some photos of geckos we’ve seen

 Piwakawaka is friendly and might flit by
As we walk through the forest, don’t forget to say hi!

These forest friends want you to come out and play
At Riccarton Bush, Christchurch, at our free family day!

But if Christchurch is too far away for you to roam
Look below in this blog for stuff to do at home!

Sunday 18 September, 10am4pm
Riccarton Bush, Ngahere Street entrance
Christchurch, South Island

To find out more and go into the draw for a fun pack, visit

 ‘My heart is like a forest’ things to make

On the Conservation Week website there are some things to make and do at home, including six of our fabulous forest creatures.

Cut and colour pages. Print out the A4 pages, colour in the heart-shaped pieces, cut them out then put them back together! 


Make this kaleidocycle for Conservation Week

Kaleidocycle. Ever heard of a kaleidocycle? Download the A3 instruction sheet to make one for yourself!

Face masks. Become a bird for a day! Print off one of these A3 sheets, colour them in and cut them out to create your very own bird mask!

Sarah Mankelow


A North Island defector, I came south to go to Lincoln Uni and never looked back. My first ‘serious’ job with DOC was in Arthur’s Pass. I've been based in Christchurch since the turn of the century!