The creation of a walking track through the Matarangi Bluff Scenic Reserve was the brainchild of a retired Kuaotunu local by the name of Bruce Smith. Building the track was a long and arduous process, but this turned out to be only the beginning of the project.
During the building of the track an unmodified wetland was discovered in the heart of the reserve, and the volunteers turned their energy and passion to conservation, with the aim of encouraging the reserve's original flora and fauna to return. It was at this point that the Rings Beach Wetland Group was formed.
Many serious challenges and setbacks were encountered along the way, but the volunteers persevered and the fact that the group is still going strong today, so many years later, is testimony to what hard work, determination and persistence can achieve.