Lake Ferry and Okorewa Lagoon

Lake Onoke foreshore planting at Lake Ferry

The Lake Onoke area has long been very important for fishing. It is a migratory route for whitebait and tuna. Near the lagoon is the site of a historical fishing village called Okorewa. The lagoon and Lake Onoke provide important feeding and breeding habitat for birds. They are also breeding grounds for native fish, particularly Galaxias species of which the juveniles are whitebait.

South Wairarapa Biodiversity Group

The South Wairarapa Biodiversity Group (SWBG) have started restoration work on the public land in the Lake Ferry area. They are being supported by the Project partners to improve the local biodiversity of the shores of Lake Onoke and Okorewa Lagoon.

As well as restoration work the SWBG wants to promote the value of indigenous biodiversity and to share the rich culture and history of the area.

During their working bee events volunteers have pulled out pest plants, removed a heap of rubbish and planted native plants along the reserve area of Lake Ferry and under the escarpment adjacent to the lagoon.

Volunteer Planting at Onoke Lagoon

Volunteer Planting at Okorewa Lagoon

Wildlife observations

Okorewa Lagoon is set up as a project on NatureWatch NZ. You are encouraged to take photos of birds or other animals and put them on the website. If you don't know what the animal is, that's where you can find out. 

Content on this page was last updated: 18/01/2017 2:04pm