Otokia Swamp

Description: Rush and sedge swamp adjacent to SH 1. Water levels fluctuate throughout the year. Adjacent land grazed. 1

Type/Class: Swamp 2

Size: 9.4 ha.

Altitude: 0-20 m above sea level.

Approximate location: North of the intersection of Allanton-Waihola Road and Henley Road, Henley.
NZTM (centre point): E1383310 N4907730

Regional Plan: Water for Otago. Schedule 9 Regionally Significant Wetland, no.118, Map F57.

Territorial Authority: Dunedin City Council.


Interactive map of Otokia 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
A6 Highly valued by Kai Tahu for cultural and spiritual beliefs, values and uses, including mahika kai and waahi taoka. 1
 A8 Regionally significant wetland habitat for waterfowl.  Regionally significant breeding area for waterfowl, including New Zealand Shoveller/Kuruwhengi (Anas rhynchotis variegata), Swamp Hen/Pukeko (Porphyrio porphyrio melanotus), Pied Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) and Spur-winged Plover (Vanellus miles novaehollandiae). 1
A1- A4, A7, A9 No relevant information is currently held by the ORC.


Aerial View of Otokia Swamp (March 2006)


Otokia Swamp (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.

91 Otago Fish and Game Council – Photo Archive.