Glenorchy Lagoon Wetland

Description: Lagoon immediately north of Glenorchy.

Type/Class: Not identified.

Size: 127.6 ha.

Altitude: 320 - 340 m above sea level.

Approximate location: Northwest of the intersection of Mull Street and Glenorchy-Paradise Road, Glenorchy.
NZTM (centre point): E1235800 N5024500.

Regional Plan: Water for Otago. Schedule 9 Regionally Significant Wetland, no.52, Map F8.

Territorial Authority: Queenstown Lakes District Council.


Interactive map of Glenorchy Lagoon Wetland

Recorded Values

Value Description
A8 Regionally significant wetland habitat for waterfowl. Regionally significant habitat for waterfowl and swamp birds, including Paradise Shelduck (Tadorna variegata), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Grey Duck (Anas superciliosa), Black Swan (Cygnus atratus), Grey Teal (Anas gracilis), Swamp hen/Pukeko (Porphyrio porphyrio melanotus) and Oystercatchers (Haematopodidae). 1
A2 - A7, A9 No relevant information is currently held by the ORC.


Other Information

  • Administered by Department of Conservation as a Wildlife Management Reserve. 1

  • Vegetation around the lagoons edge is dominated by moss beds, water milfoil (Myriophyllum triphyllum), Ranunculus sp. and oxygen weed (Elodea canadensis). 84

  • Native fish that have been identified as being present include longfin eel (Anguilla dieffenbachii), koaro (Galaxias brevipinnis), and common bully/pako (Gobiomorphus cotidianus). Exotic species include rainbow trout and brown trout (Salmo trutta), goldfish and Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha). 84



Aerial view of Glenorchy Lagoon Wetland (February 2006)



Glenorchy Lagoon Wetland (November 2007) 51



Glenorchy Lagoon Wetland (2011) 94



1 Otago Regional Council (2004) Regional Plan: Water for Otago. Published by the Otago Regional Council, Dunedin.

51 Otago Regional Council – Photo Archive.

84 Ryder Consulting (2006) Glenorchy Lagoon: Ecological assessment. Prepared for Glasson Potts Fowler.

94 Department of Conservation – Photo Archive.