Otama

Wetland Dune Reserves Restoration Project

WETLANDS ARE THE KEY TO FUTURE WATER QUALITY AND PRESERVATION OF OUR COASTAL ENVIRONMENT

Join our preservation project to restore Otama Wetland & Dunes to protect the precious coastal ecosystem which links the native forest to the estuary, and one of the most beautiful white sand beaches in the Coromandel, home to one of New Zealand’s most significant regenerating sand dune systems and several endangered bird and plant species as well as significant archeological pa sites.

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What we are restoring

  • A nationally significant dune system
  • A significant wetland
  • A public domain incorporating an archeological Maori village and reserve area
  • The Black Jack Peninsular Reserve incorporating an archaeological site

Working in collaboration

  • Department of Conservation
  • Ngtai Hei
  • Waikato Regional Council
  • Otama residents
  • Local Volunteers
  • Project Kiwi
  • Thames Coromandel District Council
  • Kuaotunu Environmental Action
  • Coromandel Ecologists

Key Objectives

  • Restore the wetland
  • Protect the sand dunes
  • Preserve the pristine beach and marine ecology
  • Look after the ancient pohutakawa trees along the beach edge
  • Nurture endangered bird species
  • Undertake predator control and monitoring
  • Remove invasive weeds and plant pests
  • Fencing and replanting of the wetland
  • Remove wilding pines to restore native vegetation
  • Work with Project Kiwi to connect the biodiversity corridor between the native forest to the foreshore
  • Develop the Otama Reserves as passive recreational, educational and scientific areas of significance
  • Improve public access to the wetlands, sand dunes, and beach
  • Install public walkway connecting Optito Bay to Kuaotunu