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 2024.

With two family activities every hour, guided tours on bugs, birds, eels, flora and fauna, and local conservation groups to chat to, you will have plenty to do all day. While you are here, look for our local pāteke (brown teal), spot a secretive spotless crake (pūweto), and keep an eye out for our cryptic namesake, the matuku-hūrepo (Australasian bittern). See how much Matuku Link has changed since its beginnings in 2016, with over fifteen thousand volunteer hours spent improving the place, two new boardwalks, and a Wetland Education Centre.

There will be an all-day market with gifts, food, art, crafts, information, and entertainment. Stallholders in 2024 include Forest & Bird Waitākere, Birds New Zealand, The Entomological Society, Whitebait Connection, Kauri Rescue, Auckland Council Biodiversity, Auckland Zoo, Pest Free Waitākere Ranges Alliance (PFWRA), Sue Beesley’s Honey, Bethells Beanz coffee… There will be home baking, a barbeque (vegan and non-vegan) and so much more.

We would love you to join us on this special day. All free and all welcome.

See you there for a fun filled family day!

Annalily & trustees John Sumich, John Staniland, Chad Wilkie, and Dale Bainbridge.

SATURDAY MORNING UPDATE: Yes, we are still going ahead with the festival today! While there may be a little rain, rain makes our wetlands even more beautiful – so come out and join us celebrating our wonderful wetlands!