Mount Nicholas Lagoon

Description: Mount Nicholas Lagoon.

Type/Class: Not identifed.

Size: 460 - 440 ha.

Altitude: 640–740 m above sea level.

Approximate location: 1.1 km west of the intersection of Von Road and Mount Nicholas Beach Bay Road, Walter Peak. NZTM (centre point): E1239200 N4994700

Regional Plan: Water for Otago. Schedule 9 Regionally Significant Wetland, no.110, Map F7.

Territorial Authority: Queenstown Lakes District Council.


Interactive map of Mount Nicholas Lagoon

Recorded Values

Value Description
A5 Scarce in Otago in terms of its ecological or physical character. 25
A7 High diversity of indigenous wetland flora and fauna. This wetland provides a wide range of habitat types for a plethora of bird species. 25
A8 Regionally significant wetland habitat for waterfowl. The lagoon is a regionally important habitat for waterfowl. A major breeding, rearing and moulting site for Paradise Shelduck, Mallard and Goose. 25
A1 - A4, A6, A9 No relevant information is currently held by the ORC.


Other Information

  • Unlike other valley wetlands this wetland does not flood and, therefore, provides a stable refuge for nesting, rearing and moulting. 25

  • Sightings of Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus australis), classified as nationally critical. 100



Aerial View of Mount Nicholas Lagoon (February 2006)



25 Fish and Game New Zealand (2010) Comments on the Consultative Draft Proposed Plan Change 2 (Regionally Significant Wetlands) to the Regional Plan: Water for Otago. Fish and Game New Zealand, Otago Region, Dunedin.

100 Ornithological Society of New Zealand, Otago Branch (2009) George Chance Memorial Census of Great Crested Grebes in Central Otago, February 2009.