Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park is New Zealand’s largest inland restoration project. 

The project aims to recreate an example of the Hamilton Basin’s previously rich ecological diversity. When it is finished Waiwhakareke will draw native wildlife back to the city and be a rich resource for everyone to enjoy - supporting recreation, education, conservation and science.

This 60 hectare gem opposite Hamilton Zoo provides the perfect backdrop to connect your students with nature through hands on activities.

As well as offering unique educational opportunities at Waiwhakareke for school groups, Hamilton Zoo is involved in the organisation of Arbor Day and Schools Conservation Day which are held annually and not only connect students with nature but also introduce them to a number of other conservation organisations.

This restoration project is being completed in partnership with the University of Waikato, Waikato Institute of Technology (WINTEC),Tui 2000 Inc, Hamilton City Council, Hamilton Zoo, and Nga Manu Toopu O Kirikiriroa.



Arbor Day

Every year students from schools all around Hamilton and the wider area join together to plant trees at Waiwhakareke. 

Want to get involved this year? Email us to ask us how: zoo.education@hcc.govt.nz