Topic: Kāpūtahi Community Orchard

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This is a community run orchard situated at 581 Marshland Road.

Kāpūtahi Community Orchard is a beautiful old orchard in Marshlands, now owned by the Christchurch City Council and cared for by volunteers. 

It takes its name from the Kaputone Stream*, a tributary of the Styx River,  which runs alongside the orchard.  Over 200 heritage varieties of mainly apples, pears with some stone fruit.   Extensive grafting of further heritage fruit has been done over the last two years.

There is abundent wildlife, eg. pukeko, a resident hawk, bellbird and even a plover.

Part of the former Sunley orchard, the land was acquired by the City council some years ago and offered to a group of volunteers to care for. It is part of the Edible Christchurch movement and the Christchurch Food Resliance network.

The council is currently developing a walkway along the stream with extensive native planting which will be open to the public. 

The orchard welcomes anyone interested in growing fruit, preserving heritage varieties, planting food forests, growing local food, or just like eating delicious spray-free fruit..   The orchard holds regular festivals, e.g. plum blossom, apple harvest.  See for information on events, etc.


*Note: The Kāpūtahi Community Orchard originally called themselves Sunley, after the name of the old commercial orchard but the group adopted Kaputone which was the Council’s working name for the reserve and also of the stream that flows alongside. After discussions with Ngai Tahu researcher, Takerei Norton, the Maori name for the stream was ascertained to be Kā-Pūtahi, meaning ‘the confluence’ and as such the group renamed themselves to refelect this changed understanding.

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Kāpūtahi Community Orchard

Previous name :Sunley Community Orchard and Kaputone Community Orchard
Suburb :Marshland