Map showing Waiatarua Reserve

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Amenities: Toilets, Playground

Suitable for Ages: Families

New Zealand's biggest urban wetland restoration project, principal function being a huge stormwater treatment system that removes pollutants from the waterways and includes a network of drains, weirs, bunds and sediment traps.

This fascinating reserve offers something for everyone, joggers, walkers, families, and dogs.

Wander over wide open spaces, enjoy the beauty of the wetland environ or explore pockets of bush.

With wide pathways established for walking and jogging and a landscape that includes extensive native planting.

A unique wetland area covering approximately 20 hectares, of complex geological, historical and ecological value that also provides a wonderful sanctuary for a variety of bird life.

The wetlands were once part of a freshwater lake, which was denied its source by the lava flows from the Maungarei (Mt Wellington) eruptions some 9000 years ago.

Subsequent ponding and the deposition of silt and volcanic ash helped create the wetlands.

Playground (steel/modern), table, viewing platform, toilets, basketball half court, skate park, dog exercise area.

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