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Mt Chocolate

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Contact Person: 
Mike Peters
Phone Number: 
(022) 600 5006
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70 Severn St
Invercargill 9840
New Zealand

Mt Chocolate

Mt Chocolate is located in Clifton, Invercargill, New Zealand. It is the home of Tracy and Mike Peters.


A family home and the Redworks art studio is being built on the site to be surrounded by native bush and wetland.

Conservation Project

Mt Chocolate is also the name of a nature conservation project on 1 Ha (2.5 Acres) of former farmland. This is being planted as a Miro swamp forest and will eventually be protected in perpetuity. A long-term scientific study is being conducted as a feedback loop on management. Propagation, planting and maintenance trials are being carried out to radically increase ecosystem complexity, richness and structural emergence while reducing cost and effort. A native plant nursery has been established to propagate around 1000 plants per year for planting each winter on site. The nearby Seaward Bush Scenic Reserve is being used as a template for what to expect.

Art Project

Mt Chocolate is also an excuse to get very creative with drawing, sculpting, model making, photography, jewellery, painting and natural history film. Nature is a book to be read - not a book to be written.




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