Looking southwest

Pekapeka Wetlands

Pekapeka Wetlands is a good place for a short walk on well maintained tracks and boardwalks in an attractive and relaxing environment.

First look at the wetlands from the carpark
First look at the wetlands from the carpark

The map below is posted at the car park.

Map of visitors area
Map of visitors area

I set off toward Waireporepo along the first boardwalk I saw.

First look at the wetlands from the carpark
First look at the wetlands from the carpark

The water isn’t exactly what I expected from wetlands.

Looking southwest
Looking southwest

It’s surprisingly clear.

Clear water
Clear water

These cows enjoyed a good defensive position on Waireporepo Pā (a is a Māori village or defensive settlement, often a hill fort).

Cows on Waireporepo Pa
Cows on Waireporepo Pa

You barely touch ground on Waireporepo Pā before turning back across the wetlands on another boardwalk. This leads to a hill with a viewing platform that gives you a good overview of the park.

From the viewing platform
From the viewing platform

Pekapeka Wetlands is rated as the second most ecologically valuable wetland in Hawke’s Bay. It was made a reserve in 1970 for the purpose of soil and water conservation. It has historical and cultural significance for Māori people as well, and was given waahi tapu (sacred) status in 1997. The wetlands are 4.5km long and 800m wide and cover 98 hectares. This small part in the middle was made into a park, and helps to inform the public on the benefits of wetlands to the environment.

In the past rubble was dumped in these wetlands.  The sculpture below serves as a reminder of that history.

Rubbish sculpture
Rubbish sculpture

Pekapeka is the Maori name for the native bats that lived in nearby caves and hunted in the wetlands.

Pekapeka Wetlands
Pekapeka Wetlands

The reserve is closed to the public in the first weekend of May each year for game bird shooting.

Bird blind
Bird blind

Paths climb to a higher lookout for another view over the park. At this point there’s a lot of traffic noise as you’re fairly close to highway 2.

From the lookout
From the lookout

You won’t find long walks here, but Pekapeka Wetlands is an attractive and relaxing place to visit.

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