The second largest bog and swamp complex in the North Island is an outstanding site for promoting the value of wetlands and species conservation.
One of six Ramsar (internationally recognised wetland) sites in New Zealand, Whangamarino (7290 ha) is located within an hour’s drive of half New Zealand’s population.
Whangamarino is part of a substantial and effective flood control scheme on the lower Waikato River. An estimated 20% of Australasian bittern/matuku in New Zealand reside at Whangamarino. Pest fish species (including koi carp and catfish) are prolific and difficult to control.
Find out about communication activities, events, public facilities and community involvement in Whangamarino.
Learn about the strategies in place to restore and maintain the Whangamarino wetland.
View a map showing the area covered by the Whangamarino wetland project.
A variety of birds and fish, as well as plants are found in Whangamarino Wetland.
A Ramsar site, Whangamarino wetland is the second largest bog and swamp complex in the North Island of New Zealand.
Find out about research and monitoring in Whangamarino.
Learn about the important role of the internationally-recognised Whangamarino Wetland within the flood control scheme on the Lower Waikato River and its other economic values.
Visit the Whangamarino wetland
World Wetlands Day
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