Otipua Wetlands Walk

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From the bridge over Saltwater Creek, follow the track towards the coastline.

Cross over the wooden bridge you encounter shortly after passing the rowing club. Follow the track along the north side of Saltwater Creek.

The track is mostly straight until it curves towards the left with the creek. Continue to follow the track until you reach the bridge, which you will cross. Head right and pass the railway bridge. Follow the track as it veers right along the south side of Saltwater Creek.

It is on this side of the Creek that you will notice the wetlands and the restorative work that has been put into them. In order to form a Kahikatea forest in the future, volunteers have planted a variety of native trees, sedges and tussock.

As you approach the Y-intersection near the lake, take the track on the left to wind your way around the lake. This lake is home to many varieties of local and migratory birds.

The route around the lake is across swampland. It slowly winds its way in a zigzag pattern back towards Saltwater Creek. Finally, follow the creek back to the main road.

Quick Facts about this walk

  • Location: Timaru, South Island, New Zealand
  • Time needed: 1 hour walk
  • Distance: 4 km
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Bikes allowed: Unknown
  • Route: Loop
  • Elevation: Unknown (slight rises)
  • Wet Feet: Part of this walk is through swampland.
  • Toilets: No
  • Dogs: Yes, on a leash
  • Mobile Coverage: Yes, very good
  • Last Updated: June, 2020

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We’ve partnered with Macpac outdoor walking & hiking gear to bring you the very best products designed exclusively for our New Zealand climate. They’ll ship for FREE within NZ on orders over $100 (if under $100 it’s only $5). Worldwide international shipping is available except to the USA. Bulky orders will be $20.

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