Managing our Environment

Ellison Saltmarsh


None available


Saltmarsh '2'


8.1 ha.


0-20 m above sea level.

Approximate location:

South of the intersection of Coast Road and Merton Station Road, Karitane.
NZTM (centre point): E1416500 N4944800

Regional Plan: Water for Otago.

Schedule 9 Regionally Significant Wetland, no.40, Map F56

Territorial Authority:

Dunedin City Council.


Ellison Saltmarsh

Recorded Values:





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

A1-A4, A6-A9

No relevant information is currently held by the ORC.


Other Information:

  • Included in the statutory acknowledgement for Te Tauraka Poti (Merton Tidal Arm). An area which was a major mahinga kai for kainga. The wetlands were a rich source of kai, including tuna (eels), black flounder (Rhombosolea retiaria), giant kokopu (Galaxias argenteus) and waterfowl, and were also particularly valued as a spawning ground for whitebait (Galaxias spp.). 19

  • Ellison Saltmarsh is adjacent to the coastal marine area, which is covered by the Regional Plan: Coast for Otago.
Aerial View of Ellison Saltmarsh (March 2006)


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.

19. Otago Regional Council (2009) Regional Plan: Coast for Otago. Published by the Otago Regional Council, Dunedin.

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