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Wetlands in the Waikato region

In 1840 there were fewer, larger wetlands in the Waikato region. After 150 years of drainage, the large wetlands have been lost or split into small fragments. Today, most of the region’s wetlands are scattered and smaller than 50 ha. The once massive 25,840 ha Gordonton peat bog, for example, now consists of just one 60 ha remnant.

Historic wetlands

1840's wetlands

Current wetlands

Find out more about how our region's wetlands have changed since the 1840s in our Extent of Wetlands indicator.