Friends of Mangarakau Swamp is an Incorporated Society established in 2003. The society now has in excess of 200 members. Some of whom are involved with the swamp’s well-being and management.
The vast wetlands extend over 400 hectares – the largest remaining freshwater wetland in the Nelson/Tasman region.
The Reserve is protected by a QEII covenant. Both the wetland and adjoining forest are being actively restored as a safe habitat for birds and snails. These include endangered species like South Island Fernbird (Megalurus puntatus punctatus), South Island Robin (Petroica australis australis), Australasian Bittern (Botaurus poiciloptilus) and the large land snail (Powelliphanta gilliesii).
To experience the varied environment of the wetland and the forest there is a Visitor Lodge for over-night stays and a Visitor Centre and museum housing both historical and wildlife information.
If you want to become a member of Friends of the Mangarakau Swamp or to volunteer with trapping, maintenance work, bittern monitoring or just for getting more information about the Mangarakau Swamp please contact us.