Sinclair Wetlands

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Please help protect and enhance the largest privately owned wetland in New Zealand! Wetlands host more wildlife than any other habitat type!

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Te Nohoaka o Tukiauau is named for the site of Tukiauau, an early Ngati Mamoe chief. Today the wetlands are managed by Te Nohoaka o Tukiauau/ Sinclair Wetlands Trust, and by an on-site coordinator.

Management aims include maintaining and enhancing wetland habitats, control of weeds and pests, and the re-vegetation, back to native forest, of the ‘island’ hillocks within the wetlands. Volunteers are an integral part of this process. We aim to enhance appreciation of and opportunity for Mahinga Kai (sustainable food gathering) and to increase cultural awareness, and reconnect people back to the land, via education and hands-on experience.

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Sinclair Wetlands Trust is a non-profit charitable organisation responsible for managing and enhancing Te Nohoaka o Tukiauau / Sinclair Wetlands.

Te Nohoaka o Tukiauau Sinclair Wetlands is regarded as the largest privately owned wetland in New Zealand. This 315ha wetland lies between lakes Waihola and Waipori on the Taieri Plains, 50km South of Dunedin city.

Wetlands have long been undervalued in New Zealand with over 90% of wetlands being filled/drained. Wetlands are important natural water filters, carbon sinks and they help prevent erosion and flooding, and provide important habitat for 30% of NZ freshwater fish, a quarter of our native birds and over 450 native plants!

Te Nohoaka o Tukiauau Sinclair Wetlands relies on the support of the community and volunteers to assist with habitat restoration, plant and pest control, restoration plantings, track building and maintenance.

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Givealittle Underway!  24 April 2015

Thanks for popping in, we are very appreciative to receive your interest and donation.

Please feel free to tell your friends and to call in to the wetlands if you are passing by.

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  • Robyn

    Robyn on 01 Jan 2020



  • Jasmine

    Jasmine on 04 Dec 2019


    Stay camping over night


  • Jane

    Jane on 20 Oct 2019


    One of my favourite spots.


  • Isaac

    Isaac on 04 Oct 2019


    Cheers for letting us stay over - Knox College member


  • Robyn

    Robyn on 01 Sep 2019



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