Managing our Environment

Otanomomo Tuatiki Reserve


A small pond and swamp area within the Otanomomo Tuatiki Scientific Reserve. The only reserved stand of alluvial plain podocarp (Podocarpus sp.) forest in the Otago Land District. 1


Swamp. 2


37.5 ha.


0 - 20 m above sea level.

Approximate location:

Southeast of the intersection of Kaka Point Road and Owaka Highway, Balclutha.
NZTM (centre point): E1348600 N4867800.

Regional Plan:

Water for Otago.
Schedule 9 Regionally Significant Wetland, no.117, Map F33.

Territorial Authority:

Clutha District Council.


Otanomomo Tuatiki Reserve

Recorded Values:




High degree of wetland naturalness. High degree of naturalness. Native wetland vegetation in excellent condition. An important sequence from wetland vegetation through to native bush. 1, 2


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

A1 - A3, A6 -A9

No relevant information is currently held by the ORC.


Other Information:

Called the Otanomomo Scenic Reserve in the Clutha District Plan, where it is listed as a Significant Wetland. Described as rush and sedge swamp, shrub swamp and flax swamp, with a farm dam at the lower end of the wetland. 37


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.

37 Clutha District Council (1998) Clutha District Plan. Published by the Clutha District Council, Balclutha.

Aerial view of Otanomomo Tuatiki Reserve (March 2006)

Aerial view of Otanomomo Tuatiki Reserve (March 2006)

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