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Butterfields Wetlands Loop

Wanaka, Otago

Submitted by Sierra Alef-Defoe

Last Updated: 4th Jul 2024


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Grunt Factor: 6 ?

Gnarl Factor: 9 ?








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Type of Run

Urban fringe


Undulating, small hills only

Dog Friendly



Run Makeup


Gravel Road

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +2.3%

Average Downhill Gradient: -2.3%


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Starting from Albert Town Centre, cross the bridge over the Clutha river to the Albert Town campsites, then cross the road to head towards the Hāwea Swing Bridge.

Just after crossing the Hāwea River, the trail splits off into either the Hāwea river track to the left or the Newcastle track to the right. Take your pick of which way you want to do the loop, and once you're on either trail keep your eyes out for DOC signs for the Butterfields Wetlands walk.

The wetlands are a unique wildlife management area amongst the otherwise desert-like Central Otago landscape. Be aware that cyclists also use these trails.

Wetlands wildlife management area.

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Parking is possible on nearby side streets or in the carpark at the shops if it's not busy. If parking is an issue, it may be easier to park on the other side of the Alber Town bridge at the campsite.

5 km

6 minutes




The track is well formed and signposted.

Generally good.


While it's possible to get water from the Albert Town campsite, the river, or a steam, this run is short enough that it's best to hydrate before or bring your own small water bottle.

This loop should be do-able all year if the weather's alright.

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Trail Reviews

A nice walk from Albert Town, the swing bridge across the river was great. Lovely views above the wetlands after a small easy climb. DOC toilets at the campsite were a bonus.

Janette Gwilliam

October 16, 2023

Super pleasant early morning stretch while camping at Albert Town

Tony Sharpe

January 18, 2023

Nice and easy loop with some cool scenery

Adam Clifford

May 15, 2022

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