It holds good bird numbers, but thick mud and tidal nature make hunting extremely challenging and potentially dangerous. A boat is required to set and retrieve decoys.
KOPUATAI PEAT DOME CONSERVATION AREAS AND WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT RESERVES
New Zealand's largest remaining natural peat dome covering an area of some 10,201 hectares. The edge zones of the dome comprise open floodplain, manmade ponds and willow dominated swamp which provides superb hunting opportunity. Formation of Kopuatai Management Association comprised primarily of hunters is providing more hunter opportunity in the area.
On the true left bank of the Piako River the Waemaro, ABCD Flax Blocks, Pattersons Lagoon and Patetonga Lake are all Wildlife Management Reserves and provide good hunting opportunity.
Off Awaiti Canal Road,
Entry to Awaiti Canal Conservation Area. DoC permit required.
Off Torehape Road and also Kaihere Road, Torehape Wetland Management Reserve.
DoC permit required.