Manawatu river mouth and estuary

Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar)
Record Public


This area is located in New Zealand and covers the Manawatu estuary, located on the southwest coast of the North Island.
In the area there are the following habitats: sea area, beaches, dunes, estuary, tidal mudflats, and saltmarshes.

Ornithological importance

The Manawatu Estuary is of national importance for wintering shorebirds such as: Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia), Wrybill (Anarhynchus frontalis), Double-banded Plover (Charadrius bicinctus), Pacific Far Eastern Curlew (Numenius madagascariensis), Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva), Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica), Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres), and Red Knot (Calidris canutus). Highlight also for the occurrence of threatened species at national or international level, such as: Australasian Bittern (Botaurus poiciloptilus), Caspian tern (Sterna caspia), White-fronted Tern (Sterna striata), Black-fronted Tern (Sterna albostriata), and New Zealand Fernbird (Bowdleria punctata).

Geographic information

-40.483333°, 175.233333°


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