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NEWS: Over 70.000 native trees planted at Living Springs!

People who visit Living Springs are impacted by the beautiful, natural setting and leave with a better connection to the world they live in.

As a host of many large groups, corporate organisations, schools and camps, Living Springs gives people memories and experiences that can impact them for life. The hillside location of the main camping facility and the surrounding 450ha property, make Living Springs a unique and wonderful place. Isn’t it time you visited?

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We offer a huge range of camps for all ages, abilities, private small groups as well as large social groups.


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Jul 12 2024

Come work with us: JOB VACANCY!

Location: Living Springs, Whakaraupō/ Lyttelton Harbour Reports to: Conservation Officer/Team Leader Hours: Part-time – 24 hours/week, $27/h Term Contract: 12 months INTRODUCTION Living Springs is a unique retreat and conference centre nestled at the southern end of the Port Hills in Whakaraupō / Lyttelton Harbour. Renowned for its commitment to environmental stewardship, Living Springs is…

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Jun 13 2024

Camp Kōrero – Charlotte, Dennis & Julian

Have a look at a camp kōrero (conversation) where you’ll meet the team. In this video, three of our volunteers share their experiences at Living Springs and in Aotearoa. They discuss what attracts  them to Living Springs, the friendships they’ve made, and the personal growth they’ve achieved. “Camp Kōrero” provides an honest look at the…

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Jun 6 2024

Living Springs Making Headlines

We are thrilled to share some exciting news. Yesterday, Living Springs was featured on the front page of The Press, and today we had the honour of being interviewed by TVNZ’s Breakfast. The TVNZ team visited us to speak with our head ranger, Grant, about the remarkable work our volunteers are doing in conservation. This…

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Be transformed. Be refreshed. Be inspired.


In 2014 the idea of an Eco-Sanctuary at Living Springs was born. Several initiatives such as “The Allandale Stream Restoration project”, “Plant a Hundred Tōtara each year for 10 years” and ‘Predator Free Allandale” were started.  In 2021 Living Springs’ successful application to the Department of Conservation’s Jobs for Nature scheme meant the conservation efforts received a major boost.

Now over 55,000 native seedlings have been planted, a large pest control programme is underway and soon all waterways will be protected from livestock grazing. Large parts of the property are naturally regenerating.


Support through donations and volunteer labour are needed.  Ask the staff about Corporate Responsibility packages to enable your company to partner with this nature project. 

Aorangi Foundation Section


Our aim is to engage with vulnerable communities within the greater Christchurch

region, and to build the financial and practical bridges that make it possible for the

children of these communities to spend quality time in a natural healing environment.

Living Springs would like to thank the following sponsors
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