Lamb Hill Fen Complex

Description: Areas of copper tussock wetland on gully floors in the southern part of Macraes Ecological District. 1

Type/Class: Swamp and Fen 2

Size: 37.6 ha.

Altitude: 640-740 m above sea level.

Approximate location: 4.5 km Northeast of the intersection of Hindon Road and Silverpeaks Road, Clarks Junction. NZTM (centre point): E1398430 N4936870

Regional Plan: Water for Otago. Schedule 9 Regionally Significant Wetland, no.79, Map F53.

Territorial Authority: Dunedin City Council.


Interactive map of Lamb Hill Fen Complex

Recorded Values

Value Description
 A4 High degree of wetland naturalness. 2
A5 Scarce in Otago in terms of its ecological or physical character. Less than 15% of swamps remain in Otago. 2
 A7 High diversity of indigenous wetland flora and fauna.  The moist copper tussock wetland, although modified, contains a wide variety of wetland species. Copper tussock, toetoe, purei and common rush (Juncus effusus) make up the canopy and various mosses, liverworts, rushes and herbs make up the ground layer (see Bibby 1997, 98 p121, for full description). 1
A1-A3, A6, A8, A9 No relevant information is currently held by the ORC.


Other Information:

  • Listed as an Area of Significant Conservation Value in the Dunedin City District Plan, where it is described as an estuary with mudflat, saltmarsh, and reed swamp, and succulent herb swamp, and of regional significance. 28

  • Kaikorai Lagoon Swamp is adjacent to the coastal marine area, which is covered by the Regional Plan: Coast for Otago.


Aerial View of Lamb Hill Fen Complex (March 2006)



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

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.

Page last updated 13 July 2024.