Wharekeake Marsh

Description: Beach wetland forming part of a chain of coastal wetlands located north of Dunedin. 75

Type/Class: Marsh 2

Size: 1.8 ha.

Altitude: 0-20 m above sea level.

Approximate location: 1.3 km North of the intersection of Heyward Point Road and Murdering Beach Road, Purakaunui. NZTM (centre point): E1418900 N4929400

Regional Plan: Water for Otago. Schedule 9 Regionally Significant Wetland, no.169, Map F53.

Territorial Authority: Dunedin City Council.


Interactive map of Wharekeake Marsh

Recorded Values

Value Description
 A5 Scarce in Otago in terms of its ecological or physical character. Less than 15% of marshes remain in Otago. 2
A1-A3, A6-A9 No relevant information is currently held by the ORC.



Other Information

  • Composition of juncus. 2
  • Of cultural and historic significance. 74

  • Part of the area includes QEII covenant 5/12/123.

  • Presence of pukio (Carex secta) and other Carex species, ribbonwood, and frogs. Good salt flat and native bird habitat. 75
Aerial view of Whareakeake Marsh (April 2006)


Whareakeake Marsh (November 2007) “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.

 74. Boffa Miskell (2007) Dunedin LMA Review, Landscape Assessment. Report prepared for the Dunedin City Council Planning Department.

 75. Ingle, C. (200) Wetland Visits 22 November. Internal Report. File RI 120/Object ID 00531890. Otago REgional Council, Dunedin.

Page last updated 13 July 2024.