Waianakarua River Estuary Swamp

Description: Waianakarua River Estuary Swamp.

Type/Class: Swamp. 2

Size: 2.8 ha.

Altitude: 0 - 20 m above sea level.

Approximate location: 3 km Northeast of the intersection of Woodburn Road and Waianakarua Road, Herbert.
NZTM (centre point): E1431980 N4986770.

Regional Plan: Water for Otago | Schedule 9 Regionally Significant Wetland, no.164, Map F60.

Territorial Authority: Waitaki District Council.


Interactive map of Waianakarua River Estuary Swamp

Recorded Values:




Habitat for nationally or internationally rare or threatened species or communities. 2


High degree of wetland naturalness. 2


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

A2, A3, A6 - A9

No relevant information is currently held by the ORC.


Other Information:

  • Presence of shore cress (Lepidium tenuicaule), which has a threat status of declining. 2, 48

  • Of significance to Kāi Tahu ki Otago. 70



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.

48 Flora Search Engine - New Zealand Plant Conservation Network Online. http://www.nzpcn.org.nz.

51 Otago Regional Council – Photo Archive.

70 Kāi Tahu ki Otago (2005) Natural Resource Management Plan. Published by KTKO Ltd, Dunedin.


Aerial view of Waianakarua River Estuary Swamp (March 2005)



Waianakarua River Estuary Swamp (May 2010)


Page last updated 9 July 2024.