Sinclair Wetlands


Get out in the open fresh air at Sinclair Wetlands. Just 50 km south of Dunedin city lies this ultimate adventure with enough space for the whole family to be as free as the wind.
  • Jump in puddles, make mud-cakes and sing to the birds. 
  • Visit the extensive plant nursery for a preview of conservation in action – how many different types of plants can you count.
  • Keep your eyes peeled for water and bush loving birds going about their daily routine – it’s a bird paradise.
  • Discover Whakaraupuka/Ram Island – soak up the sun and take in the views.
  • Help the wetlands coordinator by weeding around newly planted trees. You might see him working with volunteers somewhere in the wetland – if so, say hello, he doesn’t bite.

Get ready

Download the adventure map (PDF, 5,608K) and check out what you can do.

Go and explore

Look out for the Guardian Post when you get there. On it you'll find a special code word – write it down.

Getting there:

The Sinclair Wetlands/Te Nohoaka o Tukiauau is a 315 ha portion of the Lakes Waihola and Waipori wetland complex 50 km south of Dunedin. Access is clearly sign-posted from SH1 at Henley and Clarendon. 

Address: 854 Clarendon-Berwick Road, Outram 9073.

Claim your reward

Tell us the Sinclair Wetlands code word to receive a Kiwi Guardians certificate and medal for this adventure.

Put the medal on your back pack or pencil case to show everyone the adventure you've had.

Each Kiwi Guardians place has a different medal - see how many you can collect.

About Sinclair Wetlands

Sinclair Wetlands logo.

  • There is a toilet and good parking by the Education Centre at the entrance to the site.
  • There are sites for tents and powered sites for campervans.
  • Canoes, kayaks or rowboats can be launched from the grassy picnic area on Clarendon-Berwick road. Make contact with the wetlands coordinator when planning a boat trip (Glen +64 274 240 224 or +64 3 486 2654) – at certain times boat access is restricted to ensure it is a safe time to enter the wetlands.
  • Your safety is your own responsibility, and lifejackets must be worn. Motorised boats are prohibited. 

Get more information on the Sinclair Wetlands Te Nohoaka o Tukiauau.

The wetlands are managed by Te Nohoaka o Tukiauau/ Sinclair Wetlands Trust.

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