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
Have You Walked Our Track Lately?
From stunning views of the Coromandel coastline to native bush and the wetland... the Matarangi Bluff Scenic Track has it all.
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.
June 2023 NewsletterJune 3rd 2023Despite the weather events earlier this year which hammered the Coromandel Peninsula (along with many other places in the North Island), we are pleased to have achieved some successes in the last yeaRead more
November 2020 NewsletterNovember 24th 2020We are so excited to tell you, our friends and supporters, that we have just launched a website dedicated to the Rings Beach Wetland Group: The brand new Rings Beach Wetland Group website is aRead more
Kiwi return to Matarangi Bluff Scenic ReserveSeptember 20th 2020DOC Media release - July 2020 Kiwi confirmed in Coromandel reserve Conservation groups on the central east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula are marking a major success, with confirmation of aRead more
Rings Beach Wetland Group 2019 UpdateNovember 17th 2019This has been an eventful and milestone year for our conservation project. Earlier in the year, after cutting wilding pines in the Rings Beach valley a steep drop was revealed on a rocky, unevenRead more
Three-Year Grant Awarded to Protect Rings Beach WetlandAugust 10th 2018A community group tackling wilding pines at Rings Beach, on the Coromandel Peninsula, has been given a $90,000 funding boost by Waikato Regional Council. The decision was made yesterday by theRead more
"One Man's Dream" - A History of the Rings Beach Wetland GroupSeptember 12th 2016In 2016, Ian Patrick (a member of the Rings Beach Wetland Group), spent many hours collating and perfecting a complete historical record of the Rings Beach Wetland project. The end result ofRead more
Rings Beach Wetland Group wins Plant Conservation awardApril 10th 2016Towards the end of 2016, the Rings Beach Wetland Group were invited to submit an entry in the Community Group category for an annual awards competition hosted by the New Zealand Plant ConservationRead more
We are so grateful to our supporters whose generous funding enables us to do the work that we do: