Friends of Eastwoodhill

Friends of Eastwoodhill

The Friends of Eastwoodhill Association is a non-profit organisation created to support Eastwoodhill Arboretum. The Friends are a dedicated group of volunteers who are passionate about Eastwoodhill. You can be also buy a Friends Membership to Eastwoodhill which entitles you to free entry to Eastwoodhill all year!

Formed in 1989, the Friends association has two objectives:

1. To extend general public awareness and knowledge of native and exotic flora.

2. To raise funds for the maintenance and development of Eastwoodhill Arboretum.

If you’re interested in helping to preserve and develop Eastwoodhill, becoming a volunteer is a rewarding experience as working to uphold New Zealand’s national arboretum is a privilege and a legacy to be left for many generations to come.


The Friends of Eastwoodhill help to raise funds and secure sponsorship to ensure the longevity and viability of Eastwoodhill.

The Friends are involved in planning and running fundraising events such as quiz nights, the fun run, and the Teddy Bear’s picnic.  Fundraising events are enjoyable for both the volunteers and those who join in the fun on the day.

Homestead Garden

The Homestead Garden is recognised as a ‘Garden of National Significance’ and is an important part of the Arboretum. The one-hectare garden is kindly maintained by a small dedicated group of local women who spend one day a week keeping it in pristine condition for Eastwoodhill’s many visitors.

Visitor Centre

The Visitor Centre at Eastwoodhill is open seven days a week in spring, summer and autumn. Volunteers staff the centre on Saturdays and Sundays.

Tasty Leaf Catering

Tasty Leaf Catering is a group of capable talented Friends who cater for private functions at the  Douglas Cook Centre, promotional events for the arboretum and large-scale celebrations across Gisborne. Tasty Leaf Catering plays an important role in the overall Friends fundraising efforts.

Promotional events

Friends assist with the running of promotional events within the arboretum, but also attend events around New Zealand representing Eastwoodhill such as the Ellerslie Flower Show, A&P shows and various garden and home shows.

Jeep tours

During the holidays and busy autumn season, Friends volunteer as drivers for our jeep tours. These tours offer those visitors who have limited time or mobility an opportunity to see and enjoy more of the 135-hectare national arboretum.

Let’s make something great together.