Managing our Environment

Clutha Matau Wetlands


Clutha Matau Wetlands.


Swamp. 2


20.9 ha.


0 - 20 m above sea level.

Approximate location:

Mouth of Clutha River/Mata-Au, adjacent to the Matau (northern) branch of the river, Centre Road, Inch Clutha.
NZTM (centre point): E1355530 N4865460.

Regional Plan: Water for Otago

Schedule 9 Regionally Significant Wetland, no.28, Map F37.

Territorial Authority:

Clutha District Council.


Clutha Matau Wetlands

Recorded Values:




Habitat for nationally or internationally rare or threatened species or communities. Presence of threatened Banded Dotterel (Charadrius bicinctus bicinctus). 1


High degree of wetland naturalness.


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


Regionally significant wetland habitat for waterfowl. An important loafing, roosting and feeding area for a variety of waders (e.g. Banded Dotterel (Charadrius bicinctus bicinctus), Pied Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) and Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris melanotos)) and waterfowl (Grey Teal (Anas gracilis) and Shoveller). 1

A2, A3, A7, A9

No relevant information is currently held by the ORC.


Other Information:

  • Clutha Matau Wetlands is adjacent to the coastal marine area, which is covered by the Regional Plan: Coast for Otago.



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.

51 Otago Regional Council – Photo Archive.

Aerial View of Clutha Matau Wetlands (March 2006)

Aerial View of Clutha Matau Wetlands (March 2006).


Clutha Matau Wetlands (2000)

Clutha Matau Wetlands (2000) 51

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