Little Boggy Swamp

Description: A small raupo-fringed pond in the Upper Matukituki River Flats, Western Otago.

Type/Class: Swamp. 2

Size: 0.2 ha.

Altitude: 280-300 m above sea level.

Approximate location: 9 km Northwest of the intersection of Wanaka-Mt Aspiring Road and West Wanaka Road, Glendhu. NZTM (centre point): E1274920 N5054610.

Regional Plan: Water for Otago. Schedule 9 Regionally Significant Wetland, no.82, Map F51.

Territorial Authority: Queenstown Lakes District Council.


Interactive map of Little Boggy Swamp

Recorded Values

Value Description
A1 Habitat for nationally or internationally rare or threatened species or communities. Presence of threatened Banded Dotterel (Charadrius bicinctus bicinctus). 1
A4 High degree of wetland naturalness. Largely unmodified wetland system which is self-sustaining because of its spring-fed character. 1
A7 High diversity of indigenous wetland flora and fauna. High diversity of habitat types. Important feeding and breeding sites for waterfowl and wading birds including Paradise Shelduck (Tadorna variegata), Grey Duck (Anas superciliosa) (breeding), Swamp hen/Pukeko (Porphyrio porphyrio melanotus) and Pied Stilt (Himantopus himantopus). South Island Pied Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus finschi), White-faced Heron (Ardea novaehollandiae novaehollandiae) and Marsh Crake (Porzana pusilla affinis) also use the wetland. 1
A9 Significant hydrological values, including maintaining water quality or low flows, or reducing flood flows. Lake Tuakitoto and surrounding wetlands perform a valuable hydrological function. Serves as a flood ponding area and is an integral part of the Lower Clutha Flood Control and Drainage Scheme. 1
A2, A3, A5, A6,A8, A9 No relevant information is currently held by the ORC.


Other Information

  • Known as the Little Boggy Burn Conservation Area and is formally protected and fenced. 82

  • Located in the Matukituki Flats, typical wetland plants found here are in the genera Oreobolus, Ranunculus, Plantago and Epilobium. 82



Aerial view of Little Boggy Swamp (February 2007)



Little Boggy Swamp (June 2011) 51



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.

51 Otago Regional Council – Photo Archive.

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