Located in the heart of Aotearoa’s North Island, Wairakei Estate is home to a diverse collective of land uses and natural resources.

In 2004, we embarked on an ambitious journey.

We began our pursuit to become world leaders in sustainably managing a diverse collection of natural resources. Environment, innovation and community is at the heart of everything we do.

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Welcome to Wairakei.



Native and endemic bird species that call Wairakei Estate home


Recorded natives planted since 2013


Protected wetlands

Our News

Discover what’s happening at Wairakei, including local community projects and new environmental initiatives to have on your radar.

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Five minutes with our conservation manager

No two days are the same for Robin Gerding, Wairakei Estate's busy Conservation Manager. Here she shares her passion for the natural world.

Why we created a community wetland

The Tahorakuri Wetland project saw pastoral farming land transformed into a protected area for everyone to enjoy.

We’re working towards a predator-free future

How do we kickstart our pursuit towards a predator-free future? We explore what the path to Predator Free 2050 looks like.

What’s happening with freshwater? Our team stays up-to-date on the latest

We attended the 2022 National Freshwater Conference, engaging with Aotearoa’s leading experts to stay informed and inspired on all things freshwater.

All the details from our annual propagation day

Students, seniors and 5,000 seedlings — the propagation project connects community and conservation for another year.

Explore Our Environment

Explore Wairakei Estate’s unique landscape, from protected wetlands and rolling pastures, to native bird habitat, acres of forest and geothermal hot spots.

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Riparian Management

Tap the hotspots below to explore

Kaimanawa Hill
Corridor from wetland
to Waikato River
Forestry for
30m setback
from awa
Waikato River
(27kms river)
Trapping network - This wetland network has eradicated the likes of ferrets, stoats and rats since it began in 2017
Hauwai Wetland - Planted in 2012 with native and exotic trees, this wetland is situated on an organic farm and feeds into the Pueto stream.
Shelter belts, soil conservation
areas and copses
- These areas promote biodiversity, provide habitat and support stock husbandry
Protected wetlands and
ecological corridors - These provide habitat for wildlife to migrate through water and across land.
Riparian margin - These setbacks help protect our fresh water permanently fencing out stock and preventing soil erosion with native trees.
Waikato River

Our Partners

We’re proud to collaborate with a range of partners across various initiatives, sharing a common goal of enhancing the long-term prosperity and health of the land we work upon.

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