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Wairarapa Moana Wetlands

Wairarapa Moana Wetlands

Lake Reserve, South Soldiers Settlement Rd, Featherston

Head north from Wellington, turn off State Highway 2 at entrance to Featherston,turn onto the Featherston-Martinborough Rd. Turn right onto Murphy's Lane. Turn right onto Lake Domain Rd to reach the domain.

Opening hours

24 hours

Dogs are welcome. Please keep them under control and away from bird nesting sites.

Fireworks are prohibited.

Park notices

COVID-19 update

Posted 9/6/20

We are currently at Alert Level 1. In order to recover from the effects of COVID-19 in our community, it is important to:

  • Maintain regular handwashing
  • Maintain good hygiene measures (coughing or sneezing into your elbow) 
  • Keep track of where you have been and who you have seen, including sports teams and recreational groups

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

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

Phone: 0800 496 734
Fax: not available