Tauherenikau Estuary at Lake Reserve.
Lake Reserve and the Tauherenikau Estuary is situated at the northern end of Lake Wairarapa where
the Tauherenikau River enters the lake. This is an ideal place to view waterfowl and shorebirds.
Bring a boat or canoe and explore the array of back waters and sand bars.
Birds to look for:
Birds that may be seen here include:
and occasionally Royal Spoonbill.
How to get there
When coming from the south it can be reached by turning right into Murphy's Line
some 2 kms north of Featherston.
Approaching from the north, Murphy's Line is the second on your left after
crossing the Tauherenikau River bridge.
Follow Murphy's Line straight for 3 kms.
Turn right where it terminates at a T junction.
A further 2 kms on take the left hand turn at the T junction
and Lake Wairarapa is reached in about 0.5 km. where the tarseal runs out.
Pass through a cattlestop on your left and follow gravel road along the lake edge
for about 2 kms where it terminates at the Tauherenikau Delta,
an array of back waters and sand bars where the Tauherenikau River enters the lake.