Bird watching at Waitarakao Washdyke lagoon

Lagoon provides a coastal link for birds

The Waitarakao Washdyke Lagoon is a coastal link for birds on Department of Conservation land between Washdyke and north side of Timaru.  Near Smithfield Freezing Works there is a wildlife refuge. Washdyke Creek flows into the western side of lagoon and the Seadown Drain, a man-made drain, that drains farmland, flows south into the lagoon.

The lagoon reserve is utilised for bird watching, walking, fishing, photography, sunrises watching, field trips, whitebaiting and fishing, accessing the beach and general recreation. There are native fish, eels and cockabullies are present.

Getting there

You can access the lagoon via Bridge Street.  If you're driving please park your vehicle on the side of the road before the bridge.

You then walk over the bridge and take the style and walk across the paddocks down to the lagoon.