Hawksbury Lagoon Inc.

Waikouaiti - East Otago - New Zealand


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We have a further supply of our popular Derek Onley Illustrated Tea Towels, if you would like to purchase one contact Julie Gemmell phone 465 7664. They sold out very quickly last time. 
Cost is a reasonable $15.

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It is illegal to use any form of water transport on the Hawksbury Lagoon.
This action is covered by the following legislation:
Otago Conservation Management Act
Wildlife Act 1953
Hawksbury Lagoon Refuge Order 1974

Dogs are to to be on a leash at all times.

No horses are permitted.


Bicycles are permitted but not motorcycles.

Hawksbury Lagoon History

Main Points 


 1838 Colonial settlement 
 1866 Imported Black swans seen on the lagoon 
 1868 Ngai Tahu guaranteed a fishing reserve
 1870 Waikouaiti residents agitating for land for a race course to be built
 1875 Survey for a railway undertaken, to skirt upper part of the lagoon
 1881 Work to begin on draining the lagoon in sections  - work to begin on the upper portion
 1889 500 Brown Trout liberated in the lagoon
 1892 First Arbour Day – school children planted 500 trees on the bank on the east side of the lagoon.
 1901 Work begun to deepen the channel to drain all the water from the lagoon
 1902 A white heron was seen on the lagoon
 1953 Now identified as a Wildlife Refuge
 1972 Culverts were installed
 1984 Waikouaiti sewerage scheme completed
 1995 Local Maori regain fishing rights – Treaty of Waitangi settlement
 1999 Establishment of the East Otago Taiapure