Butterfield Wetland


An oxbow wetland formed in an old channel of the Hawea River, downstream of Horseshoe Bend. The wetland is recharged by south-west flowing water from the Hawea River. 105


Not identified.


1.5 ha.


280-300 m above sea level.

Approximate location:

Newcastle Road, 1.2 km Northeast of Alberttown.
NZTM (centre point): E1299440 N5046110.

Regional Plan:

Water for Otago.
Schedule 9 Regionally Significant Wetland, no.18, Map F2.

Territorial Authority:

Queenstown Lakes District Council.


Butterfield Wetland

Recorded Values:




Scarce in Otago in terms of its ecological or physical character. Scarce type of wetland: spring fed wetland. 90

A1 - A4, A6 - A9

No relevant information is currently held by the ORC.


Other Information:

  • Wetland provides for native fish, Galaxias and bullies, as well as waterfowl species. 90



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.

94 Department of Conservation – Photo Archive.

105 Wilson, S. (2012) Hawea Basin Groundwater Review, Otago Regional Council Report.

Aerial View of Butterfield Wetland (October 2006)

Aerial View of Butterfield Wetland (October 2006)


Butterfield Wetland (October 2006)

Butterfield Wetland (October 2006) 94

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