Schoolhouse Flat Red Tussock Fen

Description: Red tussock dominated wetland at the south-western edge of the large Schoolhouse Creek alluvial outwash fan 90

Type/Class: Fen 90

Size: 9.1 ha

Altitude: 720 - 760 m above sea level

Approximate location: Nevis Road, 23 km Northeast of Kingston | NZTM (centre point): E1282120 N4985090

Regional Plan: Water for Otago | Schedule 9 Regionally Significant Wetland, no.134, Map F17

Territorial Authority: Central Otago District Council

Recorded Values

Value Description
A1 Habitat for nationally or internationally rare or threatened species or communities. Ranunculus ternatifolius (At Risk – Nationally Uncommon). 90
A2 - A9 No relevant information is currently held by the ORC.


Other Information:

  • Listed as an Area of Significant Indigenous Vegetation, Habitats of Indigenous Fauna and Wetlands in the Central Otago District Plan. 55

  • Presence of red tussock (Chionochloa rubra subsp. cuprea). The tussock is occupying sites where subterranean water merges on to the toe-slope of a terrace batter. 90

  • A small range of wetland herbs are present in the tussock understorey including the ‘At Risk’ buttercup Ranunculus ternatifolius. 90



Aerial View of Schoolhouse Flat Red Tussock Fen (February 2007)



Schoolhouse Flat Red Tussock Fen



55 Central Otago District Council (2008) Central Otago District Plan, Published by Central Otago District Council, Alexandra.

90 Department of Conservation (2010) Comments on the Consultative Draft Proposed Plan Change 2 (Regionally Significant Wetlands) to the Regional Plan: Water for Otago. Department of Conservation - Otago Conservancy, Dunedin.