The Pekapeka swamp runs alongside SH2 south of Hastings and covers 98 ha (mostly now owned by Hawke's Bay Regional Council). It is a remnant of a former extensive wetland system covering the majority of the Poukawa basin.
Pekapeka is one of the few remaining large, inland wetlands in Hawke’s Bay and is being restored to enhance its capacity to regulate flood waters and to increase the natural biodiversity that resides in and around the wetland.
An interpretation site is being developed within the wetland, with access from SH2, to provide information on the history and value of Pekapeka for the people of Hawke’s Bay, and the importance of wetlands for our ecological health. This should be completed by 2011.