Tracks and Walks

Sutton Salt Lake

New Zealand's only inland salt lake, with water about half as salty as seawater 

With no outlet, Sutton Salt Lake has concentrated salts from surrounding soils as it has repeatedly filled, evaporated and refilled.

Nestled amongst the spectacular parallel rock tor ridges of Sutton, with a backdrop of the Rock and Pillar Range, the lake (approximately8 ha) occupies an enclosed shallow basin in the schist rock landscape.

Salt tolerant herbs and grasses occupy the lake margins, although in a dry summer the lake dries up completely, only to refill again during the winter. A range of water birds and waders use the lake, feeding on the tiny salt-adapted aquatic animals, including copepods, rotifers and water beetles.

Enjoy the loop walk around the lake, it will take 40 - 60 minutes and is described as easy.

Dogs are not permitted.

Address: Kidds Road, off SH87, Middlemarch,

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