Sutton Salt Lake

  • 1 hr loop track
  • Easy

A loop track around New Zealand's only salt lake, through a landscape of schist tors

Sutton Salt Lake • By pythagnz.
Key information
Walking time
1 hr
Distance
4.0km
Type
Loop track
Loop track
Grade
Easy
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Find it
Starts
Kidds Road, off SH87 76km from Dunedin (just before Middlemarch)
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Maps
NZTopo50-CD16
Altitude
250m

As it has no outlet, the lake (which is really a pond) has concentrated salts from surrounding soils, and is presently half the salinity of seawater. A few coastal plants grow around the lake although these are not obvious to non-botanists.

Sutton Salt Lake • By Matthew.

The most interesting aspect of the area is the array of schist tors scattered thickly across the landscape. These fascinating shapes are remnants from erosion, the harder pieces of schist resisting weathering. The circuit is a welcome opportunity to walk amongst the tors.

Map
ID 1411

About this track

Added 25 May 2006 by MatthewMatthew. No revisions.
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