Devil's Bridge Wetlands


This man-made wetland was established in 1995 by a local farmer and supporters.

Previously farmland that had a history of flooding, this group set about planning and developing an area that would attract wildlife and be open to the public.

The wetland developed following the construction of a weir at the southern end of the natural waterway. This weir allows to hold a permanent body of water and the natural flow of the creek to continue. Above the weir sits a cage to hinder debris build up. The creek is known as the Oamaru Creek and flows through the Oamaru Public Gardens towards the sea.

Volunteers constructed a walking track around the shores of the wetland, and masses of native plants were established. Today the wetland has its own special ecosystem and individuals and schools visit to experience the landscape, wildlife and flora.  

Access outside of duck hunting season - see dates below
Access is open to the public.  Permission from the landowner is required to take a dog.

Access during duck hunting season
Permission from the landowner "must" be sought before accessing the site during duck hunting season (last weekend of April till last weekend of July).

Hunters are required to seek permission for hunting on each occasion.

For permissions phone: 027 498 9703.

Please be aware the following hazards include: open water


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When? Saturday 29 January 2022, meet at 10.30am
Where? Devils Bridge Road (9.5km from Oamaru's town centre)

Celebrate World Wetlands Day and join us for a guided walk along Devil’s Bridge Wetland (just outside of Oamaru). Along the way our speakers will tell you more about the history and management of the wetland, the flora, fauna, geology, protection and future plans. 

We are lucky to have a range of experts joining us: 

  • Landowner Aaron Meikle & Co-founder Barry Wilson

  • Sasha Morriss (Geoeducator, Waitaki Whitestone Geopark)

  • Rob Smith (Regional Representative for North Otago and South Canterbury, Queen Elizabeth the Second National Trust)

  • Mark Webb (Fish and Game Officer, Central South Island Fish & Game Council)

  • Max Crowe (Biodiversity Advisor, Waitaki District Council)

Allow 2 hours. Free. All welcome. No dogs. 


Due to Covid-19 rules, please register below.
You won’t need to be vaccinated; however, there will be a limit on how many people can attend (depending on the level at the time). Please register to secure your spot, we might have to turn people away on the day if the limit is reached.  

Parking will be available at the northern end of the wetlands (follow signs and flags on the day). As the parking bays are very small, a neighbouring landowner has agreed to open up a paddock so everyone can park safely. 

Brought to you by the proud landowner & Co-founder &

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Let's celebrate World Wetlands Day at Devil's Bridge Wetlands
29 January 2022, 10.30am

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Latitude: -45:02:17.152
Longitude: 170:56:34.684

Easy walking track

700 m - 2.5 km

Scenic views  & Photo opportunities


To get to Devil's Bridge Wetland, turn into Eden St in Oamaru and follow for 3km. Turn left into Homestead Rd and then right into Devils Bridge Rd. Follow the road for about 4.5km and the wetlands will appear to your right. There are some parking bays.


Protection and guardianship are at the heart of the Geopark philosophy. We ask you to treat this site with respect, do not remove anything from this site and preserve it for our future generations.