Bendigo Wetland

Description: Wetland at the head of Lake Dunstan  251
Type/Class: Not identified
Size: 242.9 ha
Altitude: 180-200 m above sea level
Approximate location: West of the intersection of Tarras-Cromwell Road (SH 8) and Loop Road, Crippletown | NZTM (centre point): E1307710 N5018520
Regional Plan: Water for Otago |Schedule 9 Regionally Significant Wetland, no.7, Map F16
Territorial Authority: Central Otago District Council

Interactive map of Bendigo Wetland

Recorded Values

Value Description


Habitat for nationally or internationally rare or threatened species or communities. Habitat for threatened swamp bird Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus). 25


High diversity of wetland habitat types. The slow infilling of the lake has provided a wide range of habitat types for a large range of wetland and aquatic plant species. 25


High diversity of indigenous wetland flora and fauna. The head of Lake Dunstan contains significant habitat for native fish, such as longfin eels and bullies, as well as sports fish, including brown trout, rainbow trout and salmon. Important feeding and breeding sites for water fowl such as Paradise Shelduck (Tadorna variegata), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Black Swan (Cygnus atratus), New Zealand Scaup (Aythya novaeseelandiae), Canada Goose (Branta canadensis), as well as for Pied Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) and other waders. 25


Regionally significant wetland habitat for waterfowl. Regionally important habitat for waterfowl, including Black Swan, Paradise Shelduck, Mallard, Geese and New Zealand Scaup. 25

A2, A4-A6, A9

No relevant information is currently held by the ORC.

Other Information

  • A range of water-based recreational uses occur in and around this wetland, including boating, water skiing, and angling. 25

  • The wetland is also an important site for seasonal game hunting. 25

  • Relatively large numbers of Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus australis, classified as nationally critical) present on the lake but particularly in the wetland. 100


Aerial View of Bendigo Wetland (February 2006)



Bendigo Wetland (2002)



1 Otago Regional Council (2004) Regional Plan: Water for Otago. Published by the Otago Regional Council, Dunedin.

25 Fish and Game New Zealand (2010) Comments on the Consultative Draft Proposed Plan Change 2 (Regionally Significant Wetlands) to the Regional Plan: Water for Otago. Fish and Game New Zealand, Otago Region, Dunedin.

51 Otago Regional Council – Photo Archive.

100 Ornithological Society of New Zealand, Otago Branch (2009) George Chance Memorial Census of Great Crested Grebes in Central Otago, February 2009.