Te Werahi Wetland


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.


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


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.


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


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