Aerial veiw of Whangamarino Wetland
Located in the Waikato region
Walk to the historically significant sites of Whangamarino Redoubt, Meremere Redoubt and Te Teoteo’s Pā.
Whangamarino Wetland has been a Ramsar Site since 1989 - a wetland of international importance.
The freshwater wetland is made up of 7,000 ha mosaic of swamps, fens and peat bogs around the Whangamarino and Maramarua Rivers. It is the second largest bog and swamp complex in the North Island.
It is managed as both wetland and wildlife management reserves by DOC. Whangamarino is part of a substantial and effective flood control scheme on the lower Waikato River.
Find out more about Whangamarino and the Arawai Kākāriki wetland restoration programme.
Historically significant sites include the nearby Meremere Redoubt, one of 22 earthwork forts built between Auckland and Pirongia.
On the Whangamarino Historic Walk see Whangamarino Redoubt and Te Teoteo's Pa - two key sites of conflict during the Waikato War of 1863-64. These sites are on Heritage New Zealand's Waikato War Driving Tour.
This large wetland is located between Mercer and Te Kauwhata, to the east of SH1. You can also drive to the wetland via Island Block Road at Meremere, or Falls Road from Te Kauwhata.
Whangamarino Redoubt is off SH1 south of Mercer via Oram Road. Meremere Redoubt is in Meremere Village, between Hamilton and Auckland, a short detour off SH1
There is no vehicle access into the wetland, but there are boat ramps on both these roads if you want to get closer to the water and explore the wetland by boat or kayak.