Papanui Inlet Saltmarsh

Description: A small area on the northern edge of Papanui Inlet, comprising tidal salt meadow and saltmarsh. 90

Type/Class: Saltmarsh 90

Size: 5.0 ha.

Altitude: 0-20 m above sea level.

Approximate location: 0.9 km East of the intersection of Dick Road and Weir Road, Portobello. NZTM (centre point): E1421480 N4921330

Regional Plan: Water for Otago. Schedule 9 Regionally Significant Wetland, no.120, Map F61

Territorial Authority: Dunedin City Council.


Interactive map of Papanui Inlet Saltmarsh

Recorded Values

Value Description
A1 Habitat for nationally or internationally rare or threatened species or communities. Carex litorosa (Declining), Stenostachys laevis (Naturally Uncommon). 90
A5 Scarce in Otago in terms of its ecological or physical character. Saltmarsh and salt meadow. 90
A2- A4, A6-A9 No relevant information is currently held by the ORC.


Other Information

  • Protected as the Parker Saltmarsh Covenant. 90

  • Presence of a wide range of indigenous herbs, grasses, sedges and shrubs of saltmarsh ribbonwood (Plagianthus divaricatus).90

  • Common species include Ficinia nodosa, glasswort (Sarcocornia quinqueflora), Suaeda novae-zelandiae, Lachnagrostis tenuis, Remuremu (Selliera radicans) and Samolus repens. 90

  • Papanui Inlet Saltmarsh is adjacent to the coastal marine area, which is covered by the Regional Plan: Coast for Otago.
Aerial View of Papanui Inlet Saltmarsh (March 2006)


Remuremu (Selliera radicans), sea primrose/māakoako (Samolus repens) and salt marsh ribbonwood/houi (Plagianthus divaricatus), Papanui Inlet Saltmarsh (2003) “51”



51. Otago Regional Council - Photo Archive.

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.