McKays Triangle Wetland

Description: Wetland area on the Taieri Plain located 10 km south west of Mosgiel.

Type/Class: Not identified

Size: 41.4 ha.

Altitude: 0-20 m above sea level.

Approximate location: West of the intersection of Dukes Road South and Gladfield Road, Owhiro.
NZTM (centre point): E1389400 N4916000

Regional Plan: Water for Otago. Schedule 9 Regionally Significant Wetland, no.101, Map F54.

Territorial Authority: Dunedin City Council.


Interactive map of McKays Triangle Wetland

Recorded Values

Value Description
A1 Habitat for nationally or internationally rare or threatened species or communities. Habitat for the threatened Australasian Bittern (Botaurus poiciloptilus). 90
A8 Regionally significant wetland habitat for waterfowl. 1 Regionally significant habitat for waterfowl.25
A2-A7, A9 No relevant information is currently held by the ORC.


Other Information

  • The area is used for a range of recreational activities such as game bird hunting, dog trialling and bird watching. 25

  • The wetlands host game birds, as well as native bird species. 25

  • Longfin eels (Anguilla dieffenbachii) have been recorded. 90

  • Listed as an Area of Significant Conservation Value in the Dunedin City District Plan. 28
Aerial View of McKays Triangle Wetland (March 2006)


McKays Triangle Wetland (2010) “91”



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.

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.

28. Dunedin City Council (1999) Dunedin City District Plan. Published by the Dunedin City Council, Dunedin.

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

91 Otago Fish and Game Council Photo Archive.