Te Werahi Wetland

Introduction

Te Werahi Wetland, Northland.
Te Werahi Wetland, Northland

Te Werahi is a large freshwater wetland system, which has three raupō swamps linked by narrow sandy streams.

It can be seen from the road to or from Cape Reinga.

Features

Wetland birds, spectacular views of dunes, headlands and beaches.

Location

Te Werahi is about 4.5 km south of Cape Reinga.

Getting there

Follow State Highway 1 north from Kaitaia and then the Cape Reinga Road from Te Paki. Look for the signposted Te Werahi gate about 4.5 km south of Cape Reinga.

Activities

Bird and wildlife watching Bird and wildlife watching

Bird and wildlife watching

Te Werahi is an important site for wetland birds such as Australasian bitterns/matuku, grey ducks, grey teals/tētē, NZ shovelers/kuruwhengi, pied stilts/poaka, pied shags and little shags.

Tracks and walks


The wetland can be accessed via boardwalks down the Twilight-Te Werahi Loop track. The full 16 km loop takes 4-5 hr and passes through farmland, dunes, shrubland and coastal wetlands, as well as the raupō swamp.

Plan and prepare

Nearby places to visit

  • Parengarenga Harbour - a large, relatively unmodified harbour visited by migratory shorebirds.
  • Waitahora Lagoon - a coastal lagoon at Spirits Bay.

Help stop kauri dieback

Kauri dieback disease is killing our native kauri. It spreads by soil movement, but you can help prevent it.

  • Stay on the track and off kauri roots.
  • Clean your gear before and after visiting kauri forests.

Visit the kauri dieback website for more information on how you can help.


Related link

Magical places - 40 wetlands to visit in New Zealand brochure

 

Find out more

Weather

Weather for Kaitaia area - Northland rural forecast

NZ weather

Maps

DOC maps: Discover the outdoors - DOC's key places, campsites, tracks and huts, and visitor centres on a map

Learn more

Check, Clean, Dry between waterways and stop the spread of didymo.

Walking track categories

Safety

Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

Alerts for Northland places

Tips for driving on unsealed roads

Contacts

Kaitaia Office
Phone:      +64 9 408 6014
Email:   kaitaia@doc.govt.nz
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