Waikanae estuaryImage: Stefan Marks | Creative Commons
Bird watching at Motueka Spit
Image: Stephen Wynne-Jones | DOC
Community whitebait habitat restoration, Cobden Aromahana Sanctuary
Image: Henk Stengs | DOC
Saltwater eco-snorkel at Whangateau Mangrove Estuary
Image: Kirsty Prior | DOC
Counting estuary plants and animals at Waikouaiti River Estuary
Image: Patti Vanderburg ©
Identifying saltmarsh plants of the Waikouaiti River Estuary
Low tide exploring at Waikouaiti River Estuary
Orokonui Estuary planting day
Image: Lucy Hardy | DOC
Habitat restoration volunteers at River Estuary Care: Waikouaiti-Karitane
Exploring by kayak from Whitianga to Coroglen
Image: Herb Christophers | DOC
Kids getting involved with a planting day
Waimea Inlet community planting day
Image: Al Check | DOC
Okiwi Kura shellfish monitoring, Greater Barrier Island
Image: Rebecca Gibson | DOC
We celebrate this collective work and connect people with each other and resources. There is something for everyone: tangata whenua, community groups, families, teachers and management agencies.
Estuaries are dynamic, rich ecosystems where freshwater mixes with the sea. Find out why they are important and some of the threats they face.
Use this map to find out how to experience our estuaries virtually or in person through birdwatching, films, exploring mudflats and walks and other ways.
Kiwis are watching over 150 estuaries and recording what they see. Use this interactive map to explore information collected on their health by agencies and people like you.
Find out where agencies and communities are working together to enhance estuaries and how to get involved in projects protecting the places special to you.
Feeling inspired by one of #OurEstuaries? Share your photos on social media and you may have your experiences featured here.
No project in your area? Want to learn what you can do from home? Want to find some useful and fun resources?
A new web-based resource to help people explore, monitor and restore our country’s estuaries is now available.
DOC is working with the wider community on an exciting project to restore the Waimea Inlet, adjacent to the city of Nelson.
DOC and Fonterra are working together to improve the natural habitats of five key waterways in significant dairying regions around New Zealand.