The Matarangi Bluff Scenic Reserve is home to a 4.7km coastal walking track that winds its way through regenerating native bush and wetland
Created almost entirely with volunteer labour by the founding members of the Rings Beach Wetland Group in 2006, this project has now become a conservation success story on the Coromandel Peninsula, with some of the original flora and fauna in the reserve such as kiwi, fernbirds, kauri, white maire and maire taiki once again beginning to flourish.
A Story of Determination and Perseverance
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.
"Congratulations to all those members of the Rings Beach Wetland Group who have worked so hard to create this beautiful and flourishing community asset"
- Scott Simpson, Member of Parliament for Coromandel
What We Do
The Rings Beach Wetland Group is involved in a wide range of conservation activities.
In addition to pest and weed control, the group is also responsible for the maintenance of not only the 4.7km walking track but also the extensive network of traplines that has been built over the years.
Want to Help?
As a not-for-profit organisation with no paid staff, we rely primarily on volunteers for the work that is carried out in the bush.
To finance the work that requires external contractors or goods such as traps, we rely solely on donations and grants from our generous supporters.
We are so grateful to our supporters whose generous funding enables us to do the work that we do: