Dingle Lagoon

Description: The margins of a shallow lake. 1

Type/Class: Swamp. 2

Size: 24.6 ha.

Altitude: 300 - 400 m above sea level.

Approximate location: Dingle Burn Station Road, 18 km Northwest of Gladstone, Lake Hawea. NZTM (centre point): E1311990 N5073000.

Regional Plan: Water for Otago. Schedule 9 Regionally Significant Wetland, no.36, Map F1.

Territorial Authority: Queenstown Lakes District Council.


Interactive map of Dingle Lagoon

Recorded Values

Value Description
A4 High degree of wetland naturalness. 2
A5 Scarce in Otago in terms of its ecological or physical character. Less than 15% of swamps remain in Otago. 2
A8 Regionally significant wetland habitat for waterfowl. 1
A1 - A3, A6, A7, A9 No relevant information is currently held by the ORC.


Other Information

  • Contains a wild population of brook char. 16

  • A lagoon with a sloping edge with good plant communities and populations of Birds. Nesting and living area for Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Grey Duck (Anas superciliosa), Shoveller and Black Swan (Cygnus atratus). Also used for moulting by Paradise Shelduck (Tadorna variegata) and Canada Goose (Branta canadensis). 16

  • Wetland vegetation includes raupo (Typha orientalis), cutty grass (Carex germinata), common rush (Juncus effuses) and crack willow (Salix fragilis). 17

  • Listed as an Area of Significant Indigenous Vegetation in the Queenstown Lakes District Plan. 18

  • Classified as a Wetland of Ecological and Representative Importance (WERI) and a Site of Special Wildlife Interest (SSWI). 18



Aerial View of Dingle Lagoon (April 2005)



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.

16 Land Information New Zealand (2003) Crown Pastoral Land Tenure Review: Dingleburn. Fish and Game Report. Published by Land Information New Zealand, Wellington.

17 Land Information New Zealand (2002) Crown Pastoral Land Tenure Review: Dingleburn. Conservation Resources Report for the Commissioner of Crown Lands. Published by Land Information New Zealand, Wellington.

18 Queenstown Lakes District Council (2007) Partially Operative District Plan. Published by Queenstown Lakes District Council, Queenstown.

Page last updated 12 July 2024.