Waituna lagoon
Image: Phil Melgren | DOC


The boardwalk winds through low-growing manuka and shrubs, emerging at a viewing shelter that overlooks Waituna Lagoon.
  • Fernbirds, you’ll hear them before you see them, their call is a distinctive metallic “tink”.
  • When the lagoon is open to the sea at low tide, dotterels and plovers wade through the water.
  • The lagoons brackish waters are an important habitat for wildfowl, native fish and trout. The viewing platform is a good spot for viewing wildlife.
  • There is a toilet and picnic table at the carpark at the start of the Boardwalk Track.

Get ready

Download the Waituna Lagoon  adventure map (PDF, 2,068K) 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

Waituna Lagoon is situated 40 km south east from Invercargill at the end of Waghorns Road. Access to the walking track is off the Southern Scenic Route via Waituna Lagoon Road and then Waghorn Road.

Claim your reward

Tell us the Waituna Lagoon 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.

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