World Wetlands Day

Held on February 2nd annually

World Wetlands Day is held on February 2nd annually to celebrate the 1971 adoption of the International Convention on Wetlands in the Iranian City of Ramsar.

Each year there’s a new theme for World Wetlands Day and events are held throughout the country.  In 2021 the theme is Wetlands and Water. 

The 2021 theme highlights the role wetlands play in:

  • clean water
  • ecosystem resilience
  • sustainable livelihoods and jobs
  • biodiversity conservation
  • storm protection
  • carbon storage
  • climate change adaptation
  • health and well-being
  • tourism and recreation

The National Wetland Trust will celebrate in the Waikato with our freshwater apex predator, the long-fin eel. We are planning a Tuna Hikoi/Eel Journey, a mystery tour for families to explore the district, learn about eels and their habitats and compete for prizes. 

Free entry (koha appreciated). The tour is a self-drive event on paved public roads, and will include some easy walking. BYO drinking water and snacks. Allow around 3  hours. Tour starts and finishes at Lake Ngaroto (Te Awamutu). Final registration at 12.30.  Prize-draw at 3 pm at Lake Ngaroto.

How will you celebrate World Wetlands Day in 2021?

In 2021 the theme will be Wetlands and Water.

Let us know if you have any events planned that we can help you promote.

Check out some events planned in NZ for 2021

Grovetown Lagoon
31 Jan, Marlborough

Visit a community-led wetland restoration project, walk around the lagoon (3.2km; flat/graded track and boardwalks). Activities for the kids. Dogs on leads welcome. Start at the Wairau Rowing Club, Steam Wharf Rd, Grovetown. Bring warm clothes, sun protection and solid shoes.

Tuna Hikoi
1 Feb, Waikato

Join the National Wetland Trust, Ngati Apakura, DOC and Waipa District on a self-drive mystery tour to learn about our apex predator, the longfin eel. Register at Lake Ngaroto between 9.30 and 12 to collect your tour map. Family fun, quizzes to solve, clues to find. BYO car, snacks, drinking water. Koha appreciated.

Motu Manawa Kayak
2 Feb, Auckland

Community Parks team in collaboration with Auckland Sea Kayaks, are running an educational kayak trip though the beautiful Motu Manawa marine reserve. Learn about and experience this unique and special coastal wetland environment in the heart of the Waitematā Harbour.

Science Learning Hub Te Repo Webinar
11 Feb, Online

Our repo (wetlands) are essential ecosystems rich in fascinating plants and animals. They also have many stories to tell us. Join Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research and Pokapū Akoranga Pūtaiao, the Science Learning Hub as they share our latest range of articles, activities, videos and interactives designed to support you to deepen your understanding, and love, of repo. This session will be valuable for both primary and secondary school teachers, as well as kaiako at kura kaupapa as many of the resources are in te reo Māori.

Registrations essential

Matuku Link Open Day
13 Feb, Auckland

Join Matuku Reserve Trust in West Auckland to enjoy their wetland restoration, go on guided walks and enjoy their new boardwalk. 10-3 111 Bethells Rd, Waitakere, Auckland 0781, New Zealand

Pūweto Festival
27 Feb, Canterbury

An annual family fun day out celebrating Christchurch/Otautahi's wonderful Avon-Heathcote Ihutai estuary. Learn about wetlands and estuary environments and enjoy fairground rides, great music and various food trucks. Free admission (charges for rides). McCormacks Bay Reserve, McCormacks Bay Road, Mt Pleasant, Christchurch. 1-5 pm.

Free Guided Kayaking
2 Feb, Auckland

Community Parks team in collaboration with Canoe and Kayak Ltd, are running an educational kayak trip through the beautiful Okura estuary. Experience a unique and special coastal wetland environment in the heart of the Long Bay-Okura Marine Reserve. No previous experience kayaking experience is necessary although a good level of fitness and mobility is required.

Mysteries of the Moana
21 March, Auckland

Celebrate Wairarapa Moana, NZ's newest Ramsar Wetland. Family-friendly day where you can find out what makes this place so special. 10-1 Featherston Lake Domain, South Soldiers Settlemen Road, Featherston, Wairarapa.