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Wairarapa Moana, meaning “sea of glistening waters” is the largest wetland complex in the southern North Island. The area includes Lakes Wairarapa and Onoke, their surrounding wetlands, the Western Lake Scenic Reserve and Onoke Spit.
Lake Wairarapa covers an area of 78 square kilometres which makes it the third largest lake in the North Island of New Zealand. The area is situated in the southern catchment of the Ruamahanga River on the southern Wairarapa Plains.
The Wetlands Project began in 2008 to enhance the native ecology, recreation and cultural opportunities on public land in the area.
The Project is a partnership between the Department of Conservation , Greater Wellington Regional Council, South Wairarapa District Council, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Rangitāne o Wairarapa and Papawai and Kohunui marae.