Located on the lower reaches of the Rangitikei River, the area in the vicinity of the site is a regionally significant trout fishery.
The catchment comprises bush, tussock and grassed farmland, with a little forestry. There has been minimal land use change since the inception of the NRWQN. Rafting activities have slightly increased. The headwaters of a significant tributary have been partially diverted throughout the whole period, but would have minimal impact at Kakariki.