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Whangamarino Journey

About the Whangamarino Journey

We go exploring on lakes, rivers, causeways and wetlands. An experience that less than 1% of the population has experienced and more than 20,000 daily drivers pass by without noticing!

Lake Waikare covers 34 km² thus the largest of several shallow lakes in the upper floodplain of the Waikato River in New Zealand's North Island. It is a riverine lake – one of 14 in the Waikato region – formed when alluvial deposits diverted the original path of the Waikato River, leaving blocked valleys and tributaries. Lake Waikare has a shallow nature with a depth never more than two metres.

Whangamarino Wetlands experiences

Join us on this trip that less than 1% of the population has experienced.

Discover the Waikato wars and visit a Pa that 20,000 daily drivers pass by without noticing.

Experience the Whangamarino Wetlands by kayak tour of an area that is larger than the greater Auckland CBD.

Discover why over one billion people make a living from wetlands.

Paddle the ‘Mighty Waikato’; New Zealand’s longest river,

Travel the same waterways that started New Zealand’s first “navy”,

See remains of steel-plated battle barges used during the New Zealand wars,

Get high physical results with low-impact exercise,

Join us on a trip that less than 1% of the population has experienced,

Learn about the Waikato wars and visit a Pa,

Experience the Whangamarino Wetlands that are larger than the greater Auckland CBD,

Discover why over one billion people make a living from wetlands,

 

Colonial history of the Whangamarino journey

It was once the centre for a thriving sailing and boating club, and locals recall spending school sports days swimming in the lake.

 

Whangamarino journey Sustainability and Environmentalism

We work with the National Wetlands Trust for planting and the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) for water quality testing and improvement.

It is also the national stronghold for Australasian bittern/matuku with 20 per cent of New Zealand’s bittern population estimated to be living here.

Riparian planting, integrating GIS mapping and following National Wetland guidance.

Go hunting for the tiny, critically endangered swamp helmet orchid (Corybas carsei) and learn how to preserve it.

 

Includes:

One staff

 

Activity specific items:

  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Paddle
  • Personal Flotation Device (PFD)

 

Staff carry:

  • First Aid Kit
  • Personal Locator Beacon (PLB)
  • Hot thermos
  • Knife and saw
  • Whistle
  • Emergency shelter
  • Repair kit
  • Split / spare paddle
  • Pump
  • Paddle float
  • Throw bag
  • Tow line

 

Excludes:

Transport

 

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This changes depending on what we do and where we go, but generic items are:

Clothing

  • Thermal bottom leggings,
  • Underwear,
  • Shorts
  • Pants
  • Swimwear
  • Socks
  • Thin merino shirt / thermal shirt x 2
  • Fleece jumper x1
  • Woolen jumper x1
  • Wind and Rain-proof Jacket
  • Sunhat
  • Warm beanie
  • Neck warmer / scarf
  • Warm gloves

Equipment

  • Jandals
  • Closed-toe footwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Personal medication
  • Water bottle,
  • Head torch,
  • Toiletries.
  • Waterproof pack liner
  • Backpack to put all of the above in

Because we are staying overnight, should you choose not to be accommodated and fed by us, here is what you will need:

Sleeping

  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillow
  • Inflatable mattress
  • Tent

Cooking

  • Cooker
  • Fuel / gas
  • Lighter / matches
  • Pot / frying pan
  • Cutlery
  • Crockery

All of the above is available to rent / hire / buy

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    Available Seats: 12

    Adult ( 4 - 12 Pax ) $0.00 $0.00 /Person

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    Child ( 4 - 12 Pax ) $0.00 $0.00 /Person

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