Haere mai, welcome to Wairarapa Moana Wetlands
location_on Location 94 Parera Road, Kahutara 5772
The area includes Lakes Wairarapa and Ōnoke, their neighbouring wetlands, the Wairarapa Lake Shore Scenic Reserve and Ōnoke Spit.
Wairarapa Moana has been a taonga (treasure) for hundreds of years, acknowledged by local Māori as a place of tremendous cultural and spiritual value.
The once abundant waters teemed with life. Today, a fragile and unique ecology remains. Despite changes to the natural environment, it’s still a hot spot and migratory pathway for many important and threatened species.
Know before you go
Whakaora te repo, ka ora te taonga wai
The Wairarapa Moana Wetlands Project is a joint initiative of Greater Wellington Regional Council, the Department of Conservation, South Wairarapa District Council, Kahungunu ki Wairarapa and Rangitāne o Wairarapa Inc.
Covering over 9,000 hectares, Wairarapa Moana is easily accessible at the northern end from Featherston, and the small coastal settlement of Lake Ferry in the south. Greytown and the boutique wine village of Martinborough are also handy starting points.
Check out the Wairarapa Moana Wetlands website for information on visiting, and what makes this place so special.
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