McGregor Swamp

Description: None available

Type/Class: Swamp 2

Size: 2.9 ha.

Altitude: 0-20 m above sea level.

Approximate location: West of the intersection of Beach Street and Stewart Street, Waikouaiti.
NZTM (centre point): E1418070 N4946590

Regional Plan: Water for Otago. Schedule 9 Regionally Significant Wetland, no.100, Map F56.

Territorial Authority: Dunedin City Council.


Interactive map of McGregor Swamp

Recorded Values

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


Other Information

  • Composition of Carex sp. and willow (Salix sp.). 2

  • Some drainage has occurred. 2

  • Included in the Statutory Acknowledge for Te Tauraka Poti (Merton Tidal Arm). This was a major mahinga kai for kainga and pa located on the coast north of the Otago Peninsula. The wetlands were a rich source of kai, including tuna (eels), black flounder (Rhombosolea retiaria), giant kokopu (Galaxias argenteus) and waterfowl. The wetlands were particularly valued as a spawning ground for whitebait/inaka (Galaxias spp.). 19
Aerial view of McGregor Swamp (March 2006)



McGregor Swamp (2005) 51



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.

51. Otago Regional Council - Photo Archive.


Page last updated 13 July 2024.