Waimatuku Catchment Group Catchment Group
The Waimatuku Catchment is home to a peatland of regional significance, Bayswater Bog. It is one of the largest remains of native vegetation on the Southland Plains and is thought to be around 20,000 years old. Bayswater Bog provides a habitat for unique New Zealand species, including carnivorous sundews, swamp sun orchids and a population of native skinks.
Further down the catchment, the Waimatuku Stream feeds into the Waimatuku Estuary which is a shallow tidal mouth estuary – a popular fishing spot.
The catchment is long and narrow in shape with predominately sheep, beef and dairy farming on flat and artificially drained land.