Restoring Wetlands

Wetlands are one of our most depleted ecosystem types, but many groups and individuals are working together to restore and re-create them. Local wetland planting guides may be available from your regional council or DOC office. You can learn more about wetland restoration and meet others restoring wetlands by attending our regular wetland symposia. We'll also update this page with useful tools to help you restore, manage and monitor your wetlands.


Wetland Restoration Handbook


The Wetland Restoration Handbook is a beautifully illustrated detailed guide to understanding, protecting and enhancing our remaining wetlands. It is targeted at people who plan to, and those who already are making a difference to improving wetlands, and is written in a way that can easily be understood and importantly, acted on.

The handbook has excellent colour photographs, is wire bound with wrap-around cover, and includes a CD of references and websites. Purchase via Landcare Research.


Create your own Wetland Management Plan

The Waikato Regional Council website has a handy template and completed examples so you can easily create your own management plan.


Science in the Swamp - Wetland Monitoring Kit

WETMAK is a free online Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Kit aimed at community groups working on wetland restoration projects in New Zealand.  It includes a range of useful monitoring techniques and methods of assessing the impact of restoration work, all designed to minimise the need for expensive equipment. You can download the entire resource or focus on specific modules. Blank datasheets and report templates can be printed off or downloaded to fill in electronically.

Download WETMAK, print out a few datasheets, pull on your gumboots and head out with friends and get measuring. Increasing understanding of your restoration work will bring huge rewards and provide useful information for future planning.


Planning to design a wetland interpretation panel?

The NWT has produced a series of generic interpretation panels for several wetland types (lowland swamp, kahikatea swamp forest, peat lake and restiad bog). These have been designed for our members and community groups who wish to install interpretation panels without incurring a design cost. Take a look, and if you are keen to have some of these made for your wetland let us know.

Take a look at our interpretation panels (2.4 mb file).