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Wairarapa Moana Wetlands

Wairarapa Moana Wetlands

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.

Dogs are welcome.

Restoring our wetland treasure - Whakaora te repo, ka ora te taonga Wai

Volunteers needed! Get involved in some hands-on scientific research next month at Lake Wairarapa. Wading and on-shore volunteers are needed to support kākahi (native freshwater mussel) monitoring work at Lake Wairarapa, Saturday 13th February, from 9am until noon, Wairarapa Lake Shore Scenic Reserve, just south of Featherston. Contact Toni de Lautour on 06 826 1535, 027 240 4732 or for more information.

The Wairarapa Moana Wetlands 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.  

Please go to to read more about the work of the Wairarapa Moana partners and lots of information about Wairarapa Moana.

Park history

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.



Get in touch

Ian Gunn

Phone: 06 826 1561
Fax: 021 567 134