Pekapeka Wetlands is a good place for a short walk on well maintained tracks and boardwalks in an attractive and relaxing environment.
The map below is posted at the car park.
I set off toward Waireporepo Pā along the first boardwalk I saw.
The water isn’t exactly what I expected from wetlands.
It’s surprisingly clear.
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.
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.
Pekapeka is the Maori name for the native bats that lived in nearby caves and hunted in the wetlands.
The reserve is closed to the public in the first weekend of May each year for game bird shooting.
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.
You won’t find long walks here, but Pekapeka Wetlands is an attractive and relaxing place to visit.
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