Waikanae estuary
Image: Stefan Marks | Creative Commons


Estuaries are special places where rivers meet the sea. Each one is unique, ranging from small lagoons to extensive wetland harbour systems.

This 'Our Estuaries' section will help you explore our many estuaries with those monitoring and protecting them.


We celebrate this collective work and connect people with each other and resources. There is something for everyone: tangata whenua, community groups, families, teachers and management agencies.


What's new

Estuarine systems in the lower North Island/Te Ika-a-Māui Report on 48 estuarine sites with ranking of significance, current status and future management options. December 2016 

A classification of New Zealand's coastal hydrosystems Report on coastal features that span a gradient from near coast freshwater lakes/wetlands to marine. February 2017.

Find out more

No project in your area? Want to learn what you can do from home? Want to find some useful and fun resources? Find more information.

Estuaries on social media

Feeling inspired by one of #OurEstuaries? Share your photos on social media and you may have your experiences featured.


We welcome your feedbackto improve this resource. Email ourestuaries@doc.govt.nz

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