Tawatawa Reserve is a 64-hectare nature reserve in South Wellington.

Nestled between Kingston and Ōwhiro Bay, Tawatawa Reserve features regenerating native bush, wetlands, walking and biking tracks, a native tree nursery and an off-leash dog exercise area.

About the Reserve

Find out how to get there, what to see and why it’s special.

About SEA

Find out more about the passionate group of people working to restore Tawatawa alongside council.

Get Involved

Want to volunteer or adopt your very own spot at Tawatawa? Find out more here.

Our Impact


trees and shrubs planted since 1992


volunteer hours given each year


rats, stoats and other predators trapped

Support Tawatawa Reserve

If you’d like to support the native forest restoration at Tawatawa Reserve, donate a few dollars to make it happen.  

Te Pou

At the highest point in the Reserve stands Te Pouwhenua (a carved pillar or Pou) bearing the faces of Te Rauparaha and his nephew Te Rangihaeata. 

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