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Celebrate World Wetlands Day in Wairarapa


Sun 2 Feb 2014, 2:00pm–4:00pm

Where: Wairarapa Moana - Wairio Wetland 'Boggy Pond', Parera Road off Kahutara Road, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Listed by: Brigitte13

Join us for a guided walk around Wairarapa Moana Wetlands. See and hear about ecological restoration, recreation and cultural opportunities in and around the southern North Island’s largest wetland area.

Enjoy a short walk of 3.5km along an accessible track, an estimated maximum of two hours. Walkers will hear from experts on a range of topics including the development plans for restoration of the wetlands, the importance of wetlands to the community, and threats to the wetlands. Guides will point out interesting features and species and talk more about the birds, fish and pests that now inhabit the wetlands.

Wairio Wetland is home to threatened species of native wetlands plants. Bird species usually seen around this area include the Pied Stilt (poaka), Black Swan (kakīānau), Paradise Duck (pūtangitangi), Dabchicks(weweia), Herons, Caspian Tern (taranui) and Pūkeko. Several threatened native bird species have been sighted around this area and walkers might be lucky enough to see a Bittern (matuku hurepo) or a Royal Spoonbill (kōtuku ngutupapa).

Walkers should meet at the Boggy Pond car park, accessed via Parera Road off Kahutara Road, 25 minutes drive from Featherston or Martinborough. Light refreshments will be provided en route. There is no charge for this event.

Walkers are advised:
- to dress appropriately for the weather
- to wear sensible walking shoes or gumboots
- to bring a camera or binoculars
- that dogs are not welcome
- that there are no public toilets at this location.