This is a reconnaissance survey report about the Otamatea Ecological District for the Protected Natural Areas Programme (PNAP).

This report forms part of a series of reconnaissance survey reports for the Protected Natural Areas Programme (PNAP) in the Northland Conservancy of the Department of Conservation.

It describes the significant natural areas of the Otamatea Ecological District within Northland Conservancy, and was surveyed during the summer of 2005/06.


Cover photograph: Te Opu Scenic Reserve at the centre of Whakapirau Creek. Photo: S Cocker.
Cover of the publication showing Te Opu
Scenic Reserve at the centre of
Whakapirau Creek

The Northland Conservancy part of Otamatea Ecological District is a geologically diverse landscape of low rolling hills dissected by three inner arms of the northern Kaipara Harbour.

On land, much of the original vegetation cover and wildlife habitat has been lost; however, the estuarine habitats are still relatively intact. Calm, mangrove-filled inlets, extensive mudflats, and small remnants of diverse coastal forest characterise the gentle, estuarine nature of this part of the Ecological District.

The shallow intertidal areas are essential winter feeding grounds for many New Zealand waders, which migrate within New Zealand, as well as for large flocks of transequatorial migrant birds resident over summer.

This study provides an objective assessment of the elements of nature that remain, protected and unprotected, their value as representative examples of our natural heritage, and their relative ecological significance. The focus of the Protected Natural Areas Programme is to provide this information and guidance. The challenge then is for the community to work collaboratively to protect and enhance these natural areas.

Publication information

Jenny Lux and Sarah Beadel

Published by:
Department of Conservation, Nortland Conservancy

© Crown copyright 2006
This report may be freely copied provided that the Department of Conservation is acknowledged as the source of the information.

ISBN 0–478–14084–3
ISSN 0112–9252

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