We have produced resources about wetlands including education kits, posters and stickers, information sheets and publications.

Life by the water factsheets

These contain suggestions for both classroom and outdoor activities following a family of eels (tuna) on their journey from an inland lake, down a river to the sea. There are four cartoon sheets that can be coloured in and joined as a wall frieze for the classroom or home, plus information/activity sheets for the four wetland types featured – streams, wetlands, estuaries, coasts. They are are from the publication 'Wetlands for education in the West Coast'.

Wetland forests factsheet

Woody wetlands - New Zealand's precious wetland forests describes the three distinctive types of wetland forests: swamp forests, peatland forests, and intertidal forests.

Wetland Life poster and stickers

The poster features native species living in a lowland swamp – birds, fish, invertebrates and plants.

Download the Wetland Life poster in two sizes:

There is also a sheet of stickers of 10 species from the poster, ideal as an educational tool, especially for teachers.

You can order the stickers or an A2 hardcopy of the poster from


Muddy Feet : Firth of Thames Ramsar Site Update 2004 : Pivotal Ecosystem in the Hauraki Gulf

Published by EcoQuest Education Foundation

This report documents existing information about the southern Firth of Thames ecosystem and about the Ramsar site in particular, and can be purchased from the Waikato Regional Council website.

Wetland types in New Zealand

P.N.Johnson; P.J.Gerbeaux, 2004, published by DOC

This book is the final output of a Ministry for the Environment project on coordinated monitoring of New Zealand wetlands. It describes and illustrate how wetland types can be recognised and named using a classification system based primarily on wetland function at several sequential levels of hierarchy. 

Note: The pictures in these PDF files are black and white only. The book is printed in full colour and costs $40.

Part 1 (PDF, 562K)
Part 2 (PDF, 560K)
Part 3 (PDF, 588K)
Part 4 (PDF, 585K)
Part 5 (PDF, 596K)
Part 6 (PDF, 545K)
Part 7 (PDF, 467K)
Part 8 (PDF, 424K)
Part 9 (PDF, 303K)

Whangamarino wetland vegetation map methodology

Whangamarino wetland vegetation map methodology (PDF, 287K)

P.Reeves; R.Haskew, 2003, published by DOC

This report describes the methodology used to interpret aerial photography, ground-truth the interpreted images and produce a map showing vegetation change in the Whangamarino wetland.

A directory of wetlands in New Zealand

P Cromarty (compiler), D.A.Scott (Ed), 1996, published by DOC

The directory describes 73 significant wetlands and wetland complexes which are found from the far reaches of the North Island to the lower reaches of the South Island. It includes both wetlands on private land as well as those managed by local authorities and DOC. The wetlands have been selected on the basis of criteria developed in relation to the Ramsar Convention.

Preliminary pages, introduction, general information and appendices (PDF, 231K)

The remainder of the text is divided into each conservancy area (as at the time of publication):

Northland (PDF, 99K)
Auckland (PDF, 81K)
Waikato (PDF, 176K)
Bay of Plenty (PDF, 195K)
Tongariro/Taupo (PDF, 52K)
East Coast/Hawkes Bay (PDF, 71K)
Wanganui (PDF, 72K)
Wellington (PDF, 76K)
Nelson/Marlborough (PDF, 100K)
West Coast (PDF, 194K)
Canterbury (PDF, 433K)
Otago (PDF, 124K)
Southland (PDF, 123K)

Teaching resources

Teachers can get involved with these wetland teaching resources.

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