Visit a Wetland

Wetlands are wonderful places to visit. As well as their great natural beauty they provide opportunities for walking, boating, canoeing, bird watching and fishing. To help people visit wetlands the NWT has produced a series of wetland trails and is building an online directory of those you can safely visit.

If you are in the Waikato drop in to Rotopiko, where we are developing visitor facilities for the National Wetland Centre. While we fund raise to develop a visitor and education centre, you can already enjoy a network of walkways around a 10,000 year old peat lake and ancient kahikatea forest and try out our interactive education trail.

Wetlands Online

Click the flags on the map to find wetlands in each region that you can visit.  So far the directory features wetlands in six regions, thanks to support from Northland, Auckland, Canterbury and Greater Wellington regional councils, Tasman District Council, and the Department of Conservation (DoC).

Please contact us if you would like your wetland to be featured, or you would like to become a sponsor of this project.

You can also see 40 wetlands to visit in an online version of the publication, Magical Places: 40 Wetlands to Visit in New Zealand.

Special thanks to the Mercury Employee Community Fund for supporting our online wetlands directory.

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