Butterfields Wetland Walk

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

Track overview

2.5km loop

Walking and tramping

45 mins Easy: Walking track

Mountain biking

Easy: Grade 2

Dog access

Dogs allowed. Keep dog under control at all times.

About this track


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 are undertaking a vegetation enhancement project at this site.

Getting there

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.

Know before you go

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. 


Tititea / Mount Aspiring National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 27 629 1012
Email:   mtaspiringvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   1 Ballantyne Road
Wanaka 9305
Postal Address:   PO Box 93
Wanaka 9343
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