Lindsay Creek

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The Lindsay Creek is a tributary of the Water of Leith which runs through the northern suburbs of Dunedin, New Zealand. The Māori name for the creek, now rarely used, is Puke-haukea.[1]

The creek has its origins on the southern slopes of Mount Cargill about 1 kilometre southwest of the summit,[2] and flows south, passing through the popular recreation reserve of Bethunes Gully before reaching Dunedin's suburban area at Normanby. It continues south-southwest, its thalweg running through North East Valley, passing through Chingford Park and along the foot of the Valley's Quarry Gardens before reaching the coastal plain of the Leith at The Gardens Corner. From here, it flows into Dunedin Botanic Gardens where it joins the Water of Leith.

Several measures are underway to widen the channel of the creek at various points, in an attempt to provide more protection against floods.[3] The creek has flooded on numerous occasions, most significantly in the Leith Flood of 1929 and in 1955, when it led to the inundation of many properties in North East Valley. Protection works have been built over the years, most notably realignment and walling of the channel in the lower part of North East Valley after the 1929 flood and further work on the same area in 1965. Further walling of the channel in the central part of North East Valley was undertaken during the 1970s.[4]


  1. ^ Goodall, M. and Griffiths, G. (1980) Maori Dunedin. Dunedin:Otago heritage Books. p. 45
  2. ^ Hamel, A. (2008) Dunedin Tracks and Trails. Dunedin:Silver Peaks Press. ISBN 978-0-473-13772-4.
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Coordinates: 45°51′29″S 170°31′08″E / 45.85797°S 170.51878°E / -45.85797; 170.51878