Whangamarino Wetland. Photo: Shonagh Lindsay.
Whangamarino Wetland

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.


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