New Zealand is special.

We’ve chosen to live and work here, and we share this land with many wonderful native and endemic species. By seeing true potential in natural surroundings we can create habitats and ecosystems that enable native species to exist in harmony with your other land usage.

Habitat Restorations Aotearoa will help you to get the most from your land with ecological restoration solutions and services. Providing concepts, implementation and on going maintenance to revive native ecosystems.

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Specialising in riparian planting and establishing wetlands, Habitat Restorations Aotearoa are an experienced contractor servicing Otago, Southland and the Waitaki for all of your ecological restoration requirements.

It can be a challenge as a landowner; perhaps you have big ideas but little time? Maybe you have plenty of labour and energy but are not quite sure where to direct it? Balancing your day-to-day roles whilst planning to improve the environmental, economic, recreational, and cultural values of your land, improve water quality and provide habitat for native species… we understand it’s a lot to take on.

We would love to assist you reach your land's full environmental potential and can help by providing a few pointers or taking on the whole project, or a bit of both. 

Native Planting

Revegetation is our pride and joy, we are experienced in converting marginal land to productive land with New Zealand native plants. We are Otago based and willing to travel to take care of your native regeneration project, including:

  • Riparian planting
  • Establishing wetlands
  • Coastal forest restoration
  • Critical source areas
  • Water quality
  • Mahinga kai and wahi taonga sites
  • Erosion control
  • Amenity value
  • Stock and farm shelter
  • Screen planting
  • Resource consent and water plan legislation implementation
  • Biodiversity enhancement
  • Public and private conservation areas
  • QEII covenants etc.

Habitat Restorations Aotearoa are riparian planting and native tree planting specialists.
For the success and longevity of your revegetation project we also offer site preparation, plant maintenance, predator and weed control services.

Predator Control

Land mammals - our ancestors brought them, now it’s our job to eliminate them. Habitat Restorations Aotearoa establish and maintain humane trap networks to target rats, weasels, stoats, ferrets and possums. Pest control is vital to provide our native species with a chance, want to see more native birds on your property? Predator trapping, it’s a must(elid)!

Weed Control

If you have introduced or noxious weeds on your property and would rather see native vegetation win the battle, Habitat Restorations Aotearoa is the boost you need to get your revegetation project humming. We carry out site preparation and follow up maintenance or can arrange to have your established weeds dealt to. Controlling all the usual offenders: introduced grasses, gorse, broom, willow, wilding pines, glyceria, blackberry etc using the most environmentally sensitive and economic method for the job.

  • Scrub cutting
  • Cut and pasting
  • Drill 'n Filling
  • Basal barking
  • Spot spraying
  • Blanket spraying
  • Mechanical clearing


Ever wondered what else you could do with your property? We’ve come up with some cunning plans for several sites and may be able to help direct you too. Perhaps you’re keen to join the riparian planting buzz, the One Billion Trees movement, improve water quality in your catchment or tap in-to other potential tourism or educational opportunities you haven’t considered.

Diversifying might just help your operation become more profitable, sustainable or even lead you in new directions!

From consulting to contracting we’d love to help you get the most from your land, get in touch with Habitat Restorations Aotearoa today!


Resourcing riparian planting, revegetation and ecological enhancement projects on your own can be tricky, fortunately there are numerous agencies and businesses out there willing to chip in – let us take the stress out of the paperwork.

About Us

Otago based, Habitat Restorations Aotearoa is a small company doing big things - reviving biodiversity, improving water quality, restoring ecological function and healthy habitats.

We are contractors driven by results, holistic in our approach and have a deep understanding of native plants, people and land. Our creativity and eye for detail will unlock the true environmental potential of your land, while seamlessly supporting your economic, cultural and social values. 

We have specialist knowledge, expertise and a passion for native ecosystems. Our vision, dedication and experience help ensure New Zealand is a place we can all call home, co-exist and be proud of. 

Land use has undergone significant changes in New Zealand and we believe it’s time to re-think some of the ways we go about things.

Glen Riley

Glen is a practically minded, solutions focussed conservationist with extensive restoration experience. Being brought up alongside the Kakanui River and Pacific Ocean in North Otago in an organic horticulture environment, Glen has long standing connections with the land, wildlife and the rural sector. Glen understands the delicate relationships between people, the economy and the environment and has been instrumental in creating and delivering restoration programmes and outcomes to high profile Otago reserves ‘Penguin Place’ and ‘Te Nohoaka o Tukiauau Sinclair Wetlands’ as well as playing roles in other conservation sites around Aotearoa.