Measly Beach Wetland Complex

Description: Measly Beach Wetland Complex.
Type/Class: Swamp. 2
Size: 46.0 ha.
Altitude: 0 - 40 m above sea level.
Approximate location: 2.6 km Southwest of the intersection of Toko Mouth Road and Toko Mouth Domain, Milton | NZTM (centre point): E1367280 N4873190.
Regional Plan: Water for Otago | Schedule 9 Regionally Significant Wetland, no.103, Map F41.
Territorial Authority: Clutha District Council.

Interactive map of Measly Beach Wetland Complex

Recorded Values

Value Description
A4 High degree of wetland naturalness.
A5 Scarce in Otago in terms of its ecological or physical character. . S Less than 15% of swamps remain in Otago. 2
A1 - A3, A6 -A9 No relevant information is currently held by the ORC.

Other Information

  • Complex of dense and less dense swamps.
  • Presence of waterfowl.
  • Composition of cabbage tree (Cordyline australis), flax, juncus rush, coprosma, raupo (Typha orientalis), sedge, gorse, and manuka. 2
  • Areas of stagnant water with flax, rushes, tussock, manuka, broom, gorse and sphagnum moss.
  • Includes Shagree Creek Swamp, which is listed in the Clutha District Plan as a Significant Wetland. 37
  • Described as a relatively unmodified thick coastal swamp. Habitat bisected by a bridge and road. 37
  • Excellent Fern Bird habitat. 37
  • Described as flax/Carex swamp, with jointed wire rush/oioi. 36
Aerial view of Measly Beach Wetland Complex (March 2006)
Ephemeral wetlands in dune hollows, and creek mouth marshes Measly Beach Wetland Complex (2008) 2
Measly Beach Wetland Complex 94


2 Ausseil, A.G., Newsome, P., Johnson, P. (2008) Wetland Mapping in the Otago Region. Landcare Research Contract Report prepared for the Otago Regional Council.

36 Pers comm A. Rebergen, Biodiversity Officer - Otago Regional Council (2003)

37 Clutha District Council (1998) Clutha District Plan. Published by the Clutha District Council, Balclutha.

94 Department of Conservation – Photo Archive.