Matuku Link

Community wetland restoration in the Waitākere River Valley

Our project is named after the endangered Matuku-hūrepo (Australasian bittern) which needs wetland to survive. There are an estimated 700 matuku left, with some living in Te Henga, Auckland’s largest mainland wetland. Matuku Link aims to restore and protect wetland habitat in West Auckland, linking several other conservation projects to create a safe corridor for native flora and fauna.

In 2016,  the Matuku Reserve Trust bought 37 hectares of bush and wetland with the help of many funders. Hundreds of volunteers have now revegetated our old paddocks with eco-sourced plants grown in our on-site nursery and are controlling pests to protect our native flora and fauna. This has created a safe corridor, linking several other local conservation projects.

Our educator delivers our hands-on wetland education programme Te kaupapapa rohe kōreporepo to over 1000 primary school children each year, and many groups of all ages join our working bees, open days, or guided tours.

Visiting Matuku Link: as we are a very small team, we are not always here – which means the gate might be shut! Please contact us if you would like to visit Matuku Link. Dogs are not allowed as we have active pest control methods in place to protect our birds.

What’s happening

World Wetland Day 2024

Celebrate World Wetland Day with us at Matuku Link! Saturday 3rd February 2024 10am - 3pm Celebrate World Wetland Day this year by visiting Auckland’s largest mainland wetland! Matuku Link is holding our annual open day and wetland celebration on the 3rd of February...

Bridge Opening by Minister

Auckland’s first accessible wetland - the doctor, the duck and the walkway Minister of Conservation and Disability Issues Poto Williams is perfectly placed to be opening the first accessible wetland boardwalk in Auckland’s largest wetland, built by Jobs4Nature, on...

Fundraising Film

Has it been six years already? Yes it has! Four trustees bought Matuku Link in November 2016 and we've been fundraising ever since... this time we hope to welcome you at our Fundraising Film Night - the incredible documentary on New Zealand wetlands "Rohe Kōreporepo -...
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Support our work

Hands-on volunteering

Our regular working bees are every third Sunday of the month and every Tuesday morning. Depending on the weather, tasks will be around weeding, planting, growing plants in the nursery, doing predator control or building and maintenance. More info here. 

Please contact Annalily on with questions, or if you’d like to join us and it’s your first time out to Matuku Link. We’d love to welcome you here!

Helping out in other ways

Nothing is possible without our valued funders, donors and supporters. Matuku Reserve Trust is a charitable trust so any donation over $5 is tax deductible. Please consider becoming a supporter, more info here.

Business support

The success of Matuku Link would not be possible without the support of people, businesses and organisations who have given generously of time, money and materials.

Thank you to our many generous sponsors and individuals who have helped us with in-kind or financial contributions!

From the blog

Tracking at Matuku Link

Tracking at Matuku Link

Last week, I had the exhilarating opportunity to join Tarn from Auckland Zoo's conservation team on an adventure off the beaten track right here at Matuku Link. Auckland Zoo's Siân has been helping us collect data from our tracking tunnels since Matuku Link first...

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Winter Sundays

Winter Sundays

It's planting season again! We'd love you to join us at 111 Bethells Road to plant some new trees and care for the ones we've planted earlier. We do recommend gumboots - a bit of splashing around in the mud makes it even more fun! For H&S reasons: if you haven’t...

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Wetland Nightlife: Insects and Arachnids

Wetland Nightlife: Insects and Arachnids

Tonight we are hosting a "Bug Hunt" at Matuku Link. Along with expert entomologists and visitors, we'll be searching the wetlands for many legged critters and trying to identify them. Over the last week, we've let te aitanga pepeke (the insect world, including...

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Contact us:

Secretary Annalily van den Broeke

022 692 2016 or email us at

Physical address:

111 Bethells Road, Te Henga, Auckland

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