Visiting Wetlands

A key objective of the Trust is to encourage people to safely visit and learn about wetlands. We have produced several wetland trails and are building a web-based directory of wetlands you can visit.


Wetland Directory

Our on-line directory of wetlands you can visit in New Zealand features wetlands that have public access and facilities such as boardwalks, interpretation panels, picnic areas, and viewing hides.

Five regions have been completed thanks to sponsorship by the Northland, Auckland, Canterbury and Greater Wellington regional councils Tasman District Council, and the Department of Conservation. Please contact us if you would like your wetland to be featured or if you would like to sponsor the development of the directory.

You can also see 40 wetlands to visit in an online version of the publication, Magical Places: 40 Wetlands to Visit in New Zealand, or pick up a copy at your local DOC info centre.


Wetland Trails

The National Wetland Trust is developing a series of wetland trails around New Zealand, including walking and driving trails to visit and learn about a range of wetland types. We have completed three national trails - download the brochures, or pick up a copy from a local visitor centre. Or, if you have an Android Smartphone, download the App for Whangamarino wetland from the Google Play Store.

Our trail guides have been produced with generous support from the Department of Conservation, Rotorua Botanical Society, Bay of Plenty Wetland Forum, Southland Wetlands Working Party, Lottery Environment and Heritage Fund, Environment Bay of Plenty, and The Mazda Foundation.

We are happy to work in partnership with interested groups or agencies.  If you wish to develop a wetland trail guide endorsed by the National Wetland Trust please contact us to discuss your ideas.

Read our Guidelines to developing a Wetland Trail.


Southland Wetland Trail

Visit a range of wetlands including the Internationally significant Awarua-Waituna wetlands.


Whangamarino Wetland Trail

A 50 km driving trail around one of our Ramsar sites and an associated lake.

     Download the Trail as an app for your Android Smartphone. Available in English and Maori.


Bay of Plenty Wetland Trail

Visit an estuary, kahikatea swamp forest, lowland swamps, restored lagoon and more.



Feature Wetland - Nukuhou Saltmarsh

We will feature wetlands you can visit in our newsletters. Here is our Spring 2009 feature wetland.
Nukuhou Saltmarsh (Burke Road, Ohiwa Harbour, Bay of Plenty)

The Nukuhou Saltmarsh covers about 60 hectares where the Nukuhou stream enters the Ohiwa Harbour. In 2003 the Nukuhou Saltmarsh Care Group was formed and, with the help of the Department of Conservation and Environment Bay of Plenty, began a significant restoration and interpretation project. 

Extensive plantings, weed and pest control, an overlook, interpretation panels, pottery bird plaques, a short boardwalk and a contemplation bench have made this a pleasant place to enjoy the wetland and listen quietly for fernbird calls (a high pitched single note). Pest control has boosted fernbird numbers, as well as banded rail, Australasian bittern and waders.

Key features: fernbird, pottery bird plaques