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.