This 7000 ha mosaic of floodplains and peat domes around the Whangamarino and Maramarua Rivers makes up the internationally recognised Whangamarino Wetland.
It is home to fernbirds/mātātā, black mudfish/waikaka, rare orchids, bladderworts and a range of native fish species.
It is also the national stronghold for Australasian bitten/matuku with 20% of New Zealand’s bittern population estimated to be living here.
Whangamarino is part of a substantial and effective flood control scheme on the lower Waikato River.
DOC maps: Discover the outdoors - DOC's key places, campsites, tracks and huts, and visitor centres on a map
Check, Clean, Dry between waterways and stop the spread of didymo.
Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:1. Plan your trip2. Tell someone3. Be aware of the weather4. Know your limits5. Take sufficient supplies
Alerts for Waikato places