The Wairarapa represents the largest area of land (78%) in the Wellington Region, but is home to only 8% of the region’s population. Nevertheless, the Wairarapa is very important to the regional economy.
The Wairarapa Valley are bisected by several major river systems and active faults, while Lake Wairarapa stores large volumes of water. The risk of flooding across the Wairarapa Plains is an important consideration because of the threat to life in major settlements and because of the consequences for the rural economy.
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Tsunami risk to the Wairarapa
The coastline and small settlements of the Wairarapa are vulnerable to a possible tsunami, and it is important to know what to do.
If you feel an earthquake that is either longer than a minute OR strong enough that it’s hard to stand up, then get to high ground, out of all zones, as soon as the shaking stops!
If there is an official warning, then evacuate from the zones (red, orange or yellow) stated in the warning.
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NOTE: While our website has virtually unlimited capacity and will continue to operate at high speed even when under heavy load, the mapping system above may not be available as it uses data from outside our system. If it is slow to load then there are detailed downloadable maps of the Wairarapa tsunami evacuation zones maps are also available.