Ducks Unlimited NZ

Tree planting

Official Opening of the new Bird Viewing Hide

When? - Thursday, July 7 starting at 10am. 

Where?Wairio Wetland, South Wairarapa

How long? - Planting 2 hours

Starting point - Travel 5km south of Kahutara and turn right into Parera Road and travel another 3km towards Lake Wairarapa.

We hope to have Better Nature grub the tall fescue from the spots they have already pre-sprayed so the planting will be relatively easy.  We plan on planting about 500 plants in two hours.  The balance of 1,200 will be panted by Better Nature.

Then we will relocate to just opposite the Kilmore Lodge (about 1km south) for tea/coffee & a sausage sizzle. 

 Once fortified, it will be a short walk (or Side-by-Side ride for some) to the Bird Viewing Hide in Stage 4 for the official opening.

Hopefully we will see you all and do pass the word on – planting days are always fun and you do come away with a sense of having made a difference!!!

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Sunday 9 May 2021 at 12.30pm

Rural Women NZ Martinborough invite you to join them on a guided walk through
the Wairio Wetlands on the eastern shore of Lake Wairarapa.

4.2 km one-way, round trip 7 km. Return transport provided if required.

Witness the 15 year restoration programme led by Ducks Unlimited NZ.

Good walking track, sensible footwear required but unfortunately not suitable for wheelchairs.
No toilet facilities available. No dogs allowed. Will go ahead rain or shine.

Directions: From Kahutara Road turn on to Parera Road and continue for approximately 2.6 km.
The gathering point will be clearly indicated.

Cost is $5.00 per person, with all funds to support Associated Country Women of the World,
to assist with community projects in developing countries.

Contact: Marilyn Law 027 2239354 or Viv Malneek 027 5358805 if further information required.

Nationally Recognised restoration efforts

According to WaiWetlands, you should prepare to be inspired by nationally recognised restoration efforts at Wairio by community group Ducks Unlimited.

Once a paradise for waterfowl and aquatic species, the wetlands were greatly affected by drainage schemes in the twentieth century. Today they are a living example of what is possible through wetland restoration efforts. 

Go to the Wairarapa Moana Wetlands website and read the whole story


Drone Tour of the Wairio wetlands

Watch the Drone Tour of the wetlands that was created by the Victoria University Research team 

Drone view flying over the Wairio Complex



DU President - Video Interview

Well-known journalist, Piers Fuller, interviews DUNZ President Ross Cottle about the history of the celebrated Wairio Wetland development

You can view the video interview here