Queenstown Lakes District Wetlands

 

Big Boggy Swamp

A spring-fed lagoon (with flax-covered islands) on the Upper Matukituki River flats, Western Otago. Located north of the confluence of Big Boggy Burn and Matukituki River, Cattle Flat.

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Butterfield Wetland

An oxbow wetland formed in an old channel of the Hawea River, downstream of Horseshoe Bend. The wetland is recharged by south-west flowing water from the Hawea River.

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Campbells Reserve Pond Margins

A groundwater seep formed by the intersection of the groundwater table with an old embayment in the river channel. Located 4.3 km South of the intersection of Newcastle Road and Butterfield Road, Hawea.

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Church Hill Wetland Complex

A notable fault-determined basin wetland complex occurs east of the lower Polnoon Burn, and runs south to nearly Stockyard Creek. Located northeast of the northern end of the Branches Road, 16 km North of Macetown.

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Dingle Lagoon

Dingle Lagoon - the margins of a shallow lake. Located on Dingle Burn Station Road, 18 km Northwest of Gladstone, Lake Hawea.

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Kinloch Wetland

Delta swamps and backwaters near mouth of Dart River/Te Awa Whakatipu. Located 2.4 km West of Glenorchy, at 300 - 320 m above sea level.

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Lake Hayes Margins

Southern and western margin of a shallow, lowland, glacial lake near Queenstown. Located northeast of the intersection of Strains Road and Lake Hayes-Arrow Junction Highway, Lake Hayes, at 320 - 360 m above sea level.

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Little Boggy Swamp

A small raupo-fringed pond in the Upper Matukituki River Flats, Western Otago. Located 9 km Northwest of the intersection of Wanaka-Mt Aspiring Road and West Wanaka Road, Glendhu, at 280-300 m above sea level.

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Little Stoney Bog

Areas of lake edge turf, fen and rushland located around a pond, commonly known as Lake Fyfe or Lake Fife, which lies on post-glacial landforms with a schist bedrock, approximately 150m above the nearby Lake Wakatipu. The lake and surrounding wetland areas presumably formed after water became trapped between the base of a ridge and the large alluvial fan issuing from Little Stoney Creek.

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Makarora Flat Swamp Complex

Carex sp. and leafless rush/wīwī (Juncus gregiflorus) wetland on left bank of Makarora River. Located 14 km north of the intersection of Makarora-Lake Hawea Road, Makarora.

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Matakauri Wetland

Wetland on the valley floor of the Queenstown Gorge. Leads of standing water and slow moving flow provide permanent internal flow throughout. Located east of the intersection of Gorge Road and Industrial Place, Queenstown.

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Matukituki Bluff Ephemeral Wetland Management Area

A large and substantially intact wetland system runs along the foot of the roche moutonnee, at the back of a broad alluvial flat of the Matukituki River. This appears to receive water from both down-slope wash from the large rock bluffs above, and periodic flooding events from the Matukituki River.

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Matukituki Valley Wetland Management Area

The area comprises three remnants of a large wetland system that once covered much of the Matukituki Valley: the West Wanaka Lagoons, the Narrow Spur Wetland and the Broad Spur-Tongue Spur Wetland. Swamps, bogs and open water together represent the largest complex of lowland wetlands in the Lakes Ecological Region. The three wetlands support similar floristic and faunistic values and retain much of their original character.

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Minaret Bay Swamp

Description: Minaret Bay Swamp | Type/Class: Swamp

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Moke Creek Swamp

A small wetland that appears to receive periodic creek overflow via meandering channels which coalesce into turfy wet plain.

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Moke Lake Bog

Bog with rushes, sedges, herbs and Sphagnum sp. mounds at southern end of montane lake, near Queenstown. Located 7.5 km Northwest of Queenstown, at 540 - 580 m above sea level.

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Mount Nicholas Lagoon

Mount Nicholas Lagoon is located 1.1 km west of the intersection of Von Road and Mount Nicholas Beach Bay Road, Walter Peak.

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Scaifes Lagoon

Scaifes Lagoon is located 2.5 km Northeast of Glendhu Bay, at 280 - 300 m above sea level. Moa gizzards have been found during excavations of this site. The lagoon is an important habitat for waterfowl for breeding, feeding and resting, and has been used by waterfowl hunters for many years.

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Shotover River Confluence Swamp

Wetland area located upstream of a roche moutonnée (rock formation created by the passing of a glacier) at the historic confluence of the Shotover and Kawarau Rivers. Located east of the confluence of the Shotover River and Kawarau River, Frankton.

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Signal Hill Swamp

Signal Hill Swamp is located 1 km Southeast of the intersection of Von Road and Mount Nicholas Beach Bay Road, Walter Peak, at 420 - 460 m above sea level.

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The Neck Wetlands

Several peaty wetlands occurring in depressions among the basement bedrock. These wetlands occur in distinct steps with a significant stream linking two large wetland areas. Makarora-Lake Hawea Road (SH6) transects the area occupied by the wetlands.

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Von Valley Wetland Management Area

A large area of wetlands (including tarns, kettle holes, restiad bogs, cushion bogs, rush and sedge swamps, moist depressions and seepages) west of Lake Wakatipu in the Von Valley.

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Diamond Lake Wetland

Wetland located in the Rees River Catchment. Extends from the shores of Diamond Lake towards the east. Located near Glenorchy-Paradise Road, 11 km North of Glenorchy.

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Glenorchy Lagoon Wetland

Lagoon immediately north of Glenorchy. Located northwest of the intersection of Mull Street and Glenorchy-Paradise Road, Glenorchy.

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Lake Reid Wetland

Swampland adjacent to Lake Reid in the Rees River catchment. Located near Glenorchy-Paradise Road, 9 km North of Glenorchy.

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Page last updated 10 June 2024.