Butterfields Wetland Track

  • Walking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Dog Friendly
  • Circular Track (Loop)

Situated near the Hāwea River Swing Bridge this small loop track around the Butterfields Wildlife Management Area is suitable for biking, running and walking.

This track provides a family-friendly loop option where walkers, cyclists and runners enjoy picturesque views of the native wetland and surrounding peaks as they weave their way through terraced grasslands and kānuka forest.

For a longer option continue on the Newcastle track to Kane Road or on the Hāwea River Track as far as Camphill Road or further on to Lake Hāwea Township.

Butterfields Wetland Walk was funded by the Upper Clutha Tracks Trust.

The Central Otago-Lakes branch of Forest & Bird is undertaking a vegetation enhancement project at this site.


Swing bridges: There's a limit to the number people allowed on the swing bridges at any one time – be prepared to wait at each end if numbers allowed have been reached.

How to get here

From SH6 north of the Albert town bridge, turn right onto the unsealed road through the campground. The Butterfields Wetland Walk is accessed after crossing the Hāwea River swing bridge - either entered from 600 m up the Newcastle track or 600 m up the Hāwea River track.

Track Elevation

Map of Track

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Page last updated: Sep 8, 2020, 3:42 PM