Ruapani Tarns

Introduction

Sundews at Lake Ruapani, Ruapani Tarns. Photo: Paul Cashmore.
Sundews at Lake Ruapani, Ruapani Tarns

A stunning complex of seven unmodified high-altitude mires and bogs close to the pristine Lake Waikareiti in Te Urewera National Park.

Local past geological events have created a landscape of humps and hollows in which the Ruapani Tarns sit.

Each wetland is different from the others and include open water, sedgelands, sphagnum moss and wire-rush-dominated bogs, herbfields and shrublands. Most are ephemeral with constantly fluctuating water levels.

Scaups/pāpango, grey ducks/pārera, Australian coots and little black shags may be seen.

Features

High altitude pristine wetlands in a tall beech forest setting.

Location

Located close to Lake Waikareiti in Te Urewera National Park.

Getting there

Waikareiti Track begins 200 m from the Aniwaniwa Visitor Centre, Lake Waikaremoana, on State Highway 38.

Activities

Bird and wildlife watching Bird and wildlife watching

Bird and wildlife watching

A great place to see wetland birds such as scaups/pāpango, grey ducks/pārera, Australian coots and little black shags.

Plan and prepare

Other places to visit

  • Kaipo Lagoon - a wire rush/sphagnum moss bog, 2-3 hr walk from Ruapani Tarns on the Manuoha Track.
  • Arohaki Lagoon - a 3-4 hr return walk to an ephemeral lagoon surrounded by towering kahikatea forest.

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Safety

Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

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Contacts

Te Urewera Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 6 837 3803
Address:   House 2 Aniwaniwa
Aniwaniwa
Corner of SH38 and Aniwaniwa Road
Te Urewera National Park 4195
Email:   teureweravc@doc.govt.nz
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Murupara Office
Phone:      +64 7 366 1080
Email:   muruparavc@doc.govt.nz
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