Lake Rotopiko
Image: National Wetland Trust | ©


Where in the world can you play eels and ladders or mudfish scrabble? At Lake Rotopiko of course!
  • Step through a pest-proof fence.
  • Learn from hands-on activities on the Rotopiko Discovery Trail.
  • Look for Fred the Thread – the world's skinniest caterpillar.
  • See a Coca Cola coloured peat lake and ancient kahikatea trees standing on their tippy toes.

Check the National Wetland Centre for any closures before visiting.

Get ready

Download the Lake Rotopiko adventure map (PDF, 294K) and check out what you can do.

Go and explore

Look out for the Guardian Post when you get there. On it you'll find a special code word - write it down.

Getting there: Lake Rotopiko is off SH3 (Ohaupo Road), 22km south of Hamilton and 4km south of Ohaupo. The entrance is between Sowerby and Jary Road, left-hand turn only. Pedestrian access is through a sliding gate in the pest-proof fence.

Time needed: 2 hr

Claim your reward

Tell us the Lake Rotopiko code word to receive a Kiwi Guardians certificate and medal for this adventure.

Put the medal on your back pack or pencil case to show everyone the adventure you have had.

Each Kiwi Guardians place has a different medal - see how many you can collect.

About Lake Rotopiko

The National Wetland Trust has started pest eradication and habitat restoration at Lake Rotopiko to create a safe haven for native wildlife.

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