Aerial veiw of Whangamarino Wetland

Image: DOC

Introduction

This 7,000 ha mosaic of swamps, fens and peat bogs makes up the Whangamarino Wetland.

Highlights

Walk to the historically significant sites of Whangamarino Redoubt, Meremere Redoubt and Te Teoteo’s Pā. 

Place overview

Activities

  • Bird and wildlife watching
  • Kayaking and canoeing
  • Walking and tramping

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About this place

Nature and conservation

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.

History and culture

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.

Getting there

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

Know before you go

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.

Contacts

Te Rapa Office
Phone:   +64 7 850 8378
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   waikato@doc.govt.nz
Address:   5 Northway St
Te Rapa
Hamilton 3200
Postal Address:   PO Box 20025
Te Rapa
Hamilton 3241
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