Wairarapa region

Aerial view of Lake Wairarapa, Wairarapa Moana Wetlands Park.

Lake Wairarapa, Wairarapa Moana Wetlands Park

Wairarapa region.

Wairarapa Moana Wetlands Park is the largest wetland complex in the southern North Island, supporting native plants and animals of national and international importance.

The park is made up of the beds of Lake Wairarapa and Lake Onoke and the publicly owned reserves around them. This covers over 9,000 hectares, from Lake Domain in the north to Onoke Spit, 30km away, at Palliser Bay.

The wetlands are traditionally and spiritually important to Maori as an area for food gathering, including eel, fish, waterfowl, and plant material, in particular, flax and raupo. 

View a map of the park (PDF, 329K) or see the full  information brochure on the Wairarapa Moana Wetlands Park brochure (PDF, 1,655K)


Located in the southern Wairarapa plains near Featherston, about an hour’s drive from Wellington City.

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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

Alerts for Wairarapa places


Pōneke / Wellington Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 4 384 7770
Address:   18 Manners Street
Email:   wellingtonvc@doc.govt.nz
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Whakaoriori / Masterton Office
Phone:      +64 6 377 0700
Email:   masterton@doc.govt.nz
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