Saturday 2 April - Sunday 1 May 2022

Engage with nature, learn how to be more sustainable and get inspired to take the small steps that make a big difference for our future.

Eye on Nature EcoFest was a month-long festival packed with free events and activities for South Auckland whānau to connect with the environment.

 

This festival replaced the annual Eye on Nature Whānau Day, a gala-style event usually attracting thousands of visitors, which was cancelled for 2022 due to Covid-19 safety concerns.

 

A huge thank you to our sponsors and partners who made it possible!

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Programme

Check out the online and in-person events and activities that were part of Eye on Nature EcoFest! 

Our in-person events were held at the Eye on Nature EcoFest Hub on the central lawn at the Auckland Botanic Gardens.

Looking for events on the Shore and in West Auckland? Our festival aligned with EcoFest North by our friends at Kaipātiki Project and EcoFest West by our friends at EcoMatters.

Past events

  • Healthy Homes Workshop
    Sat, 14 May
    Beautification Trust
    14 May, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
    Beautification Trust, 38 Holmes Road, Manurewa, Auckland 2102, New Zealand
    A free workshop with heaps of great ideas and inspiration to keep your home dry, warm and free of mould.
  • Incredible Kai Experience
    Fri, 29 Apr
    Central lawn, Auckland Botanic Gardens
    29 Apr, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Central lawn, Auckland Botanic Gardens, 102 Hill Road, Manurewa, Auckland 2105, New Zealand
    FREE school holiday fun! Join us at the Auckland Botanic Gardens for a day full of activities and learning.
  • Bee Experience
    Multiple Dates
    Thu, 14 Apr
    UNITEC room, Auckland Botanic Gardens
    14 Apr, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    UNITEC room, Auckland Botanic Gardens, 102 Hill Road, Manurewa, Auckland 2105, New Zealand
    Experience an up-close view of these special and critical pollinators and take part in honey tasting.
  • Make a worm farm from pallets
    Thu, 14 Apr
    UNITEC room, Auckland Botanic Gardens
    14 Apr, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
    UNITEC room, Auckland Botanic Gardens , 102 Hill Road, The Gardens, Auckland 2105, New Zealand
    In this workshop, The ReCreators will teach you to safely use tools to construct a worm farm from heat-treated pallet timber.
  • Reuse, recycle, recreate - creative papermaking from scratch
    Wed, 13 Apr
    UNITEC room, Auckland Botanic Gardens
    13 Apr, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
    UNITEC room, Auckland Botanic Gardens, 102 Hill Road, Manurewa, Auckland 2105, New Zealand
    Learn how to reuse the contents of your paper recycling, plant matter and fibres and turn them into the base for other creative projects.
  • Make your own produce bag from repurposed materials
    Multiple Dates
    Wed, 13 Apr
    UNITEC room, Auckland Botanic Gardens
    13 Apr, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    UNITEC room, Auckland Botanic Gardens , 102 Hill Road, Manurewa, Auckland 2105, New Zealand
    Make your own produce bag from repurposed materials and take one home with you!
  • Create herb planter boxes from recycled timber
    Multiple Dates
    Tue, 12 Apr
    UNITEC room, Auckland Botanic Gardens
    12 Apr, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
    UNITEC room, Auckland Botanic Gardens , 102 Hill Road, Manurewa, Auckland 2105, New Zealand
    Make and leave with a small herb planter box from recycled pallet timber. Plant your herbs and take them home to enjoy!
  • Learn how to live lightly
    Mon, 11 Apr
    Central lawn, Auckland Botanic Gardens
    11 Apr, 12:00 pm NZST – 14 Apr, 5:00 pm NZST
    Central lawn, Auckland Botanic Gardens, 102 Hill Road, Manurewa, Auckland 2105, New Zealand
    Pop into this self-guided educational exhibit that encourages people to take simple everyday actions to live a sustainable life.
  • Bokashi Workshop
    Multiple Dates
    Sun, 10 Apr
    Central lawn, Auckland Botanic Gardens
    10 Apr, 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm
    Central lawn, Auckland Botanic Gardens, 102 Hill Road, Manurewa, Auckland 2105, New Zealand
    Discover all you need to know about composting with Bokashi buckets and discover how easy it is.
  • Composting Pop-in Q&A Session
    Multiple Dates
    Sun, 10 Apr
    Central lawn, Auckland Botanic Gardens
    10 Apr, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
    Central lawn, Auckland Botanic Gardens, 102 Hill Road, Manurewa, Auckland 2105, New Zealand
    Have a burning question about what to do with your food scraps? Pop in to get some expert advice.
  • Worm Farming Workshop
    Multiple Dates
    Sun, 10 Apr
    Central lawn, Auckland Botanic Gardens
    10 Apr, 11:30 am – 12:15 pm
    Central lawn, Auckland Botanic Gardens, 102 Hill Road, Manurewa, Auckland 2105, New Zealand
    Discover all you need to know about worm farming at home.
  • Home Composting Workshop
    Multiple Dates
    Sun, 10 Apr
    Central lawn, Auckland Botanic Gardens
    10 Apr, 10:00 am – 10:45 am
    Central lawn, Auckland Botanic Gardens, 102 Hill Road, Manurewa, Auckland 2105, New Zealand
    Discover all you need to know about home composting with traditional compost bins.
  • Environmental Footprint Calculator, Origami seedling pots and planting, What to do with Waste
    Multiple Dates
    Sat, 09 Apr
    Central lawn, Auckland Botanic Gardens