Wetland Boardwalk Project


An exciting new piece of infrastructure has now been cmpleted at Rotokare. A new boardwalk meanders through some of Rotokare's usually inaccessible weltands, giving lucky visitors personal encounters with rare and often cryptic fauna such as the mātātā/fernbird and pūweto/spotless crake. The boardwalk leads to a floating platform jutting out into the lake, fitted with a large seat perfect for relaxing, bird watching, and star gazing.

The new boardwalk was officially opened in September 2017 after two years of planning and construction. This was all made possible by some very special members of our community. 

Thanks, firstly, to the army of volunteers that constructed the boardwalk, and to Bill and Sandra Hodges whose donation made this project possible. For many years, the Hodges had been closely associated with Rotokare, supporting in many different ways. "We really believed in this Trust and this project", says Bill, "We could see the passion for conservation and an equal passion for people and community, and that's why we got involved. Rotokare is such a special place and we just wanted to play our part in helping the Trust achieve their goals, and supporting their education programme".

As time went by, Sandra became unwell, but this husband and wife team still visited Rotokare on the weekends from their home in New Plymouth, often timing their visits to meetup with the volunteers after a working bee. "Sandra just loved how much effort and love the volunteers would give, they are inspirational". says Bill. "The boardwalk project has exceeded my expectations. To give something back to the community and to have the pleasure of it is a dream come true. This is Sandra's gift to the young and the old."

So come out and enjoy the new boardwalk! You will get unique views of the reserve you may not have seen before. The added bonus is that this boardwalk and platform is pram and wheelchair friendly .