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The Vision

The creation of a living environment second to none where those who choose to make Kinnoull their home will be nurtured by its wild beauty.

To allow Kinnoull Station to revert to native bush creating an ecological corridor that will one day link the coast to Zelandia. This ecological reserve will enhance the environment through improved water, soil values and biodiversity.


The vegetation comprises native and low fertility grasses and gorse, which provides a protective habitat for native seedling regrowth. Tauhini is present on the upper slopes while deeper in gullies there are considerable areas showing reversion to indigenous second growth natives, principally whiteywood and punga.

The property is well recognized for its strong persistent winds in exposed spaces and dry summers.

The only land clearance allowed in each title is a one hectare house site on each block. This gives certainty that no one can clear the hillsides that form the view that each owner will have and there will be no boundary fences - to maintain a non-fragmented look.

South Coast

The Kinnoull lifestyle allows you to fulfill the dream of living next to a dynamic coastal environment where nature's bounty is respected. Explore for yourself the wildlife, history and geology of the South Coast:

Activities in Taputeranga Marine Reserve
The seals at Red Rocks
Red Rocks Reserve

Future Directions and Implications

The gorse provides a protective habitat for native seedling regrowth. This will be more pronounced on lower shady faces but will slowly progress up the slopes as shade and ground moisture conditions increase.

The exposed ridge tops will revegetate more slowly due to the wind intensity but will develop into blankets of more dense shrubby woody vegetation such as leatherwoods.

In a property like this, a reversion timeframe of about 30 years will change the visual appearance of the property immensely and evidence of this can be seen now. The best example of this locally is to be seen in the hills to the north around Porirua where a similar change has been noted over the last three decades.

Benefits of Reversion

The Benefits of allowing reversion are many and diverse.

The first is increasingly reduced amounts of surface run off during storm events. The increased height of vegetation will act as an intercept mechanism that breaks the intensity of the impact of rain drops and semi-regulates the discharge lower down the stem of plants into the ephemeral waterways. In some ways it is acting as a large sponge, regulating discharge on saturation.

The benefits will be increasingly noticed during storm events where siltation through runoff will be minimized, thus improving the deposition of detritus into the Karori Stream and ultimately the marine environment.

Linked with this more regulated runoff and reduced sedimentation is also the quality of the water. With increased vegetation and sediment entrapment comes less fine material in the watercourse. The time frame is not immediate but increases exponentially with time.

With revegetation, particularly to native scrublands, comes an increase in the natural biodiversity. This initially applies to the subterranean fauna but rapidly spreads to birdlife, which then speeds up the spread of native vegetation seeds. The successful Zealandia to the north exemplifies this.

This contributes to the visual impact. The Porirua example of a native vegetative background providing a pleasing landscape is a classic.


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