Devils Bridge Wetland

Description: Previously an ephemeral lake. After installation of a weir this area has become a permanent lagoon protected by a QEII covenant. It provides important habitat for many wetland bird species and is one of the few habitats of this type in North Otago. 1

Type/Class: Marsh. 2

Size: 7.6 ha.

Altitude: 120 - 140 m above sea level.

Approximate location: South West of intersection of Devils Bridge Road and Eden Road, Enfield. NZTM (centre point): E1438190 N5010680.

Regional Plan: Water for Otago. Schedule 9 Regionally Significant Wetland, no.34, Map F59.

Territorial Authority: Waitaki District Council.


Interactive map of Devils Bridge Wetland

Recorded Values:




High degree of wetland naturalness. 2


Scarce in Otago in terms of its ecological or physical character. Less than 15% of swamps and marshes remain in Otago. 2


High diversity of indigenous flora and fauna. High diversity of fauna. Habitat for Marsh Crake (Porzana pusilla affinis), Banded Rail (Rallus philippensis), Australian Coot (Fulica atra australis), New Zealand Scaup (Aythya novaeseelandiae), White Heron (Egretta alba modesta), White-faced Heron (Ardea novaehollandiae novaehollandiae), Pied Stilt (Himantopus himantopus), Grey Teal (Anas gracilis), Black Swan (Cygnus atratus), Swamp hen/Pukeko (Porphyrio porphyrio melanotus) and others. 1

A1 - A7, A7 - A9

No relevant information is currently held by the ORC.


Other Information:

  • Identified as an Area of Significant Indigenous Vegetation and Habitat for Indigenous Fauna in the Waitaki District Plan. 12

  • Part of the area includes QEII covenant 5/12/050A.



Aerial View of Devils Bridge Wetland (February 2006)



Devils Bridge Wetland (January 2010)



Devils Bridge Wetland (January 2010)



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.

12 Waitaki District Council (2004) Waitaki District Plan. Published by the Waitaki District Council, Oamaru.

51 Otago Regional Council – Photo Archive.

Page last updated 9 July 2024.