Wairepo Kettleholes Conservation Area
Image: Joy Comrie | DOC



When dry the kettleholes reveal a rich plant-life of very small herbs, which form a dense turf. When wet they are an important feeding area for a host of wading and wetland birds.
  • The Wairepo Kettleholes protects a fascinating wetland environment covering approximately 400 hectares.
  • Located in the Mackenzie Basin, in the central South Island, the closest township is Omarama.
  • The area became public conservation land when Glen Eyrie Downs Station completed the tenure review process in 2004.

Find things to do and places to stay Wairepo Kettleholes Conservation Area

A great place for birdwatching when the kettleholes have water in them. Look out for black stilts/kakī, black-fronted terns/tarapirohe, NZ shovelers/ kuruwhengi and a host of other wading and wetland birds.


Te Manahuna / Twizel Office
Phone:   0800 275 362
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   info@doc.govt.nz
Address:   15 Wairepo Road
Twizel 7901
Postal Address:   Private Bag 951
Twizel 7944
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