Wasteland To Wetland Walkway

The area is beautiful… It is a working treatment pond yet is a delightful recreation area. Councillor Diane Ammundsen

The Te Roto Wetland Reserve

By Roger Childs

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA It used to be a polluted swamp surrounded by pig fern, gorse and blackberry. Now it is an attractive wetland and walkway with hundreds of native plants. (See the Work in progress section for access points.)

The Council has long been concerned about the area.  There was considerable heavy metal pollution originating from nearby workshops and industries running into an open drain near the expanding housing in Gandalf Crescent.

This polluted water was being carried by the Mazengarb Stream out into the estuary, where it would have impacted fish and birdlife. Corinne Hardy, Infrastructure Projects Officer.

Another walkway and cycleway

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The new walkway and cycleway continues the excellent work promoted by the Kapiti District Council and the Department of Conservation in recent years.

Groups such as the Whareroa Guardians and Friends of the Wharemauku Stream, as well as service clubs and other community and school groups, have all assisted in providing additional tracks and access paths. Copious planting of trees and shrubs, native to the district, have enhanced these developments.


The community has benefited greatly from such projects as the

  • many tracks and plantings in Whareroa Farm
  • revetment on the beachfront at Raumati South
  • shingle paths and boardwalks in the Waikanae Estuary
  • beachside walkway alongside Marine Parade in Paraparaumu Beach
  • access pathway from Waterstone to Otaihanga Road
  • on-going planting along both banks of the Waikanae River
  • path and plantings through the Wharemauku ponds to Rimu Road
  • paths on either side of the lakes in Waikanae Beach.

People of all ages can be seen making regular use of all these  access ways, comfortable in the knowledge that they won’t be menaced by vehicular traffic.

Work in progress

 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Te Roto development has 300-400 metres of shingle and grass tracks around the ponds and in amongst hundreds of native plants. Nearby there is still some evidence of the blackberry, gorse and pig fern that previously ran wild in the area.

The new reserve can be accessed from

~ Te Roto Drive
~ Guildford Drive
~ The play area in Gandalf Crescent
~ Kapiti Road just north of PlaceMakers.

There are still some sections that need a tidy up and there are areas of blackberry, especially on the edge of the long grassy strip leading to Kapiti Road. Signage is needed at the entrance of this access.

In Cr Diane Ammunsden words: It is a working pond yet is a delightful recreation area. However a word of warning: don’t let the kids or dogs go near the water. This message is reinforced on posts placed at regular intervals along the paths.














(Photos by Pam Childs)