Visits to Dragonfly Springs are ideal for:

  • School groups
  • Kindergarten outings
  • Retirees who aren’t tired yet
  • Girl Guide, Scout, Cubs and Brownie packs
  • Picnics
  • Nature studies/science projects

We offer:

  • Guided Tours of the Sanctuary with commentary and explanations about this wetland and its particular flora and fauna – tailored for the age group
  • Working days for those who learn best by participation
  • Education for children, curious adults, environmental scientists
  • Volunteering opportunities

Explore the Dragonfly Springs Wetland Sanctuary and sign our Visitor Book. Education outdoors is a winner, and it’s great fun.

Participate in:

  • Guided tours of the nature preserve by Jeremy Busck, and Steven Phillips
  • See Ruud Kleinpaste’s Bugatorium
  • Walk through the arboretum, The Forgotten Forest
  • Walk along the mangrove walkway and see underneath the canopy
  • Check out the 50,000 native trees planted to regenerate this secret centuries old hollow in the Onerahi shoreline, including: Seven-finger Whauwhau, Happy Five Fingers, Rewarewa, native Hibiscus, Akeake, Kahikatea, Oleriad, Lancewood, Kowhai, Kaka Beak, Puriri, Manuka, Kanuka, and more.
  • Identify Tui, Kukupa, and other native birds
  • Say hello to the heron who visits every day
  • Take a stroll along the Kereru boardwalk
  • Walk the plank to Pirate Island
  • Identify all the reed plants


  • How to attract bugs and Birds with Shirley Peterson from Kiwi North Educate
  • Pest Eradication with Sophie from Dept of Conservation
  • Nature Needs Nurturing Garden Care with volunteers, Meg, Pamela, Alan, and Robert
  • Protecting our waterways – stormwater cleansing with Jeremy
  • Create a functioning wetland with Jeremy Busck