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Schoolhouse Flat Red Tussock Fen


Red tussock dominated wetland at the south-western edge of the large Schoolhouse Creek alluvial outwash fan. 90


Fen. 90


9.1 ha.


720 - 760 m above sea level.

Approximate location:

Nevis Road, 23 km Northeast of Kingston.
NZTM (centre point): E1282120 N4985090

Regional Plan:

Water for Otago
Schedule 9 Regionally Significant Wetland, no.134, Map F17.

Territorial Authority:

Central Otago District Council.


Schoolhouse Flat Red Tussock Fen

Recorded Values:



A1 Habitat for nationally or internationally rare or threatened species or communities. Ranunculus ternatifolius (At Risk – Nationally Uncommon). 90
A2 - A9 No relevant information is currently held by the ORC.


Other Information:

  • Listed as an Area of Significant Indigenous Vegetation, Habitats of Indigenous Fauna and Wetlands in the Central Otago District Plan. 55

  • Presence of red tussock (Chionochloa rubra subsp. cuprea). The tussock is occupying sites where subterranean water merges on to the toe-slope of a terrace batter. 90

  • A small range of wetland herbs are present in the tussock understorey including the ‘At Risk’ buttercup Ranunculus ternatifolius. 90



55 Central Otago District Council (2008) Central Otago District Plan, Published by Central Otago District Council, Alexandra.

90 Department of Conservation (2010) Comments on the Consultative Draft Proposed Plan Change 2 (Regionally Significant Wetlands) to the Regional Plan: Water for Otago. Department of Conservation - Otago Conservancy, Dunedin.

Aerial View of Schoolhouse Flat Red Tussock Fen (February 2007)

Aerial View of Schoolhouse Flat Red Tussock Fen (February 2007)

Schoolhouse Flat Red Tussock Fen (Undated)

Schoolhouse Flat Red Tussock Fen (Undated) 90

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