Managing our Environment

Totara Creek Inland Saline Wetland


Scattered saline areas lying along an old river terrace on the true left of Totara Creek. Adjacent to the boundary between Awatea and Linnburn Stations on Awatea Station Road. 1


Inland saline. 2


8.8 ha.


380 - 400 m above sea level.

Approximate location:

3 km North of the intersection of Puketoi Runs Road and Linnburn Runs Road, Paerau.
NZTM (centre point): E1358000 N4976970.

Regional Plan:

Water for Otago.
Schedule 9 Regionally Significant Wetland, no.155, Map F22.

Territorial Authority:

Central Otago District Council.


Totara Creek Inland Saline Wetland

Recorded Values:




Habitat for nationally or internationally rare or threatened species or communities. Presence of the threatened plant marsh arrow grass (Triglochin palustris). 1


High degree of wetland naturalness. 1


Scarce in Otago in terms of its ecological or physical character. Scarce wetland type. 1 Less than 18% of inland saline areas remain in Otago. 2


High diversity of indigenous wetland flora and fauna. High plant diversity. A diverse assembly of salt tolerant plants including Selliera microphylla, scarce glasswort (Sarcocornia quinqueflora), sea primrose/māakoako (Samolus repens), Puccinellia spp. and Atriplex buchananii. 1

A2, A3, A6, A8, 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



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.

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


Aerial view of Totara Creek Inland Saline Wetland (March 2005)

Aerial view of Totara Creek Inland Saline Wetland (March 2005)

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