Wairarapa Moana Wetlands Park
Parks and recreation
Lake Reserve, South Soldiers Settlement Road, Featherston
Head north from Wellington, turn off State Highway 2 at the start of Featherston and onto the Featherston-Martinborough Road. Turn right onto Murphy's Lane and then right onto Lake Domain Road which takes you to the domain
Restoring our wetland treasure - Whakaora te repo, ka ora te taonga Wai
The Wairarapa Moana Wetlands Park is a joint initiative of Greater Wellington Regional Council, the Department of Conservation, South Wairarapa District Council, Kahungunu ki Wairarapa and Rangitane o Wairarapa Inc.
Wairarapa Moana literally means “sea of glistening water” and was among the first areas settled in New Zealand with sites dating back some 800 years. Fish and waterfowl were plentiful, but the major draw card was tuna – the native freshwater eel. Tuna could be caught in vast quantities during their seasonal migration to the sea, and the catch could be dried for storage or trading. Seasonal eeling settlements dotted the edge of Wairarapa Moana with several permanent settlements on the surrounding higher ground.