Makarora Flat Swamp Complex

Description: Carex sp. and leafless rush/wīwī (Juncus gregiflorus) wetland on left bank of Makarora River. 1

Type/Class: Swamp. 2

Size: 60.8 ha.

Altitude: 280–300 m above sea level.

Approximate location: 14 km North of the intersection of Makarora-Lake Hawea Road, Makarora.
NZTM (centre point): E1295520 N5086340.

Regional Plan: Water for Otago. Schedule 9 Regionally Significant Wetland, no.93, Map F1.

Territorial Authority: Queenstown Lakes District Council.


Interactive map of Makarora Flat Swamp Complex

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. Regionally significant waterfowl habitat. Important feeding and sheltering habitat for shoveller, Grey Duck (Anas superciliosa), Grey Teal (Anas gracilis) and Swamp Hen/Pukeko (Porphyrio porphyrio melanotus). Also used by waders Pied Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) and Oystercatchers (Haematopodidae). 1
A1 - A3, A6, A7 A9 No relevant information is currently held by the ORC.


Other Information

  • Habitat for threatened Banded Dotterel (Charadrius bicinctus bicinctus). 81



Aerial View of Makarora Flat Swamp Complex (March 2006)



Makarora Flat Swamp Complex (July 2009) 51



Makarora Flat Swamp Complex (August 2006) 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.

81 Ingle, C. (1998) Significant Wetlands – Changes to wetland boundaries. Internal Report. File RI 100 & RI103/Object ID 00457359. Otago Regional Council, Dunedin.

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