Regional Plan: Water

The Regional Plan: Water for Otago (the Water Plan) assists us in managing Otago's water resources. 

If you want to carry out an activity involving water or a land use activity that may affect water, you must comply with the rules in the plan.

Find out about the plan and how to get a copy. 

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Purpose of the plan
Area covered by the plan
Status of the plan including proposed changes and amendments
Why you should read the plan
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Purpose of the plan

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The purpose of the plan is to promote the sustainable management of Otago's water resources. To achieve this, the plan has policies and methods (which include rules) to address issues of use, development and protection of Otago's freshwater resources, including the beds and margins of water bodies.

Area covered by the plan

The plan covers all  freshwater resources in the Otago region. These include Otago's lakes, rivers, groundwater and wetlands. The Water Plan does not cover coastal water except where activities on land may affect such water.

Status of the plan including proposed changes and amendments

This council publicly notified the Water Plan on 28 February 1998. Following the process of submissions, hearings and appeals, ORC  made the plan operative on 1 January 2004. The table below lists changes to the  plan since then.

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Key Event Date notified Date decisions released Date operative Process archives *
Waitaki Catchment Water Allocation Regional Plan 19 February 2005 30 September 2005 3 July 2006 View archive from ECAN
Plan Change 1A to the Regional Plan: Water 17 August 2005 1 April 2006 1 August 2006 View archive
Plan Change 1B (Minimum Flows) to the Regional Plan: Water 20 December 2008 31 October 2009 1 March 2010 View archive
Plan Change 1C (Water Allocation and Use) to the Regional Plan: Water 20 December 2008 10 April 2010 1 March 2012 View archive
Plan Change 3A (Minimum Flow for Taieri River at Tiroiti) 26 June 2010 11 December 2010 1 May 2011 View archive
Plan Change 4A (Groundwater and North Otago Volcanic Aquifer) 18 September 2010 24 September 2011 1 March 2012 View archive
Amendment 1 (NPS Freshwater Management) 24 June 2011 24 June 2011 1 July 2011 View archive
Plan Change 2 (Regionally Significant Wetlands) 2 July 2011 12 May 2012 1 October 2013 View archive
Plan Change 6A (Water Quality) 31 March 2012 20 April 2013 1 May 2014 View archive
Plan Change 4B (Groundwater allocation) 17 May 2014 13 December 2014 1 September 2015 View archive
Plan Change 4C (Groundwater management: Cromwell Terrace Aquifer) 16 August 2014 13 December 2014 1 September 2015 View archive
Plan Change 3B (Pomahaka catchment minimum flow) 16 August 2014 14 February 2015 1 June 2015 View archive
Plan Change 3C (Waiwera catchment minimum flow) 13 December 2014 8 August 2015 1 March 2016 View archive
Proposed Plan Change 5A (Lindis:  Integrated water management) 8 August 2015 13 August 2016 - -

*  Process Archive - click to see the steps taken in making the plan change operative.  Please contact the Policy Team if you have any questions at policy@orc.govt.nz

Why you should read the plan

If you're thinking of carrying out an activity involving freshwater or a land use activity that may affect water, in Otago, you should read the rules in the plan to see:

  • If you can carry it out as a permitted activity,
  • If you require a resource consent to carry it out, or
  • If you cannot carry it out because it's a prohibited activity.

A resource consent is required for any activity the Water Plan describes as being a: controlled activity, restricted discretionary activity, or a discretionary activity.

Consents may also be required under the Regional Plan:  Waste for certain activities;

Read about the Waste Plan

If your activity will involve the discharge of contaminants to air (such as the use of pesticides) you must also comply with rules in Otago's Air Plan.

Read about the Air Plan


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Important note: The plan below includes all operative plan changes and amendments that are operative on 1 March 2016. 

The Water Plan is split into chapters for more convenient downloading. You can also download Chapters 1 to 19 as a single document. All files are PDF.

Note: Differing dates on pages and maps show when they were last updated.

Regional Plan: Water (6 MB)
 Chapters 1 - 19
0. Preface (263 KB)

Table of Contents (68 KB)

1. Introduction (642 KB)

2. Legislative and policy framework (402 KB)

3. Regional description (761 KB)

4. Kai Tahu ki Otago:  water perspective (409 KB)

5. Natural and human use values of lakes and rivers (415 KB)

6. Water quantity (329 KB)

7. Water quality (422 KB)

8. The beds and margins of lakes and rivers (288 KB)

9. Groundwater (259 KB)

10. Wetlands (372 KB)

11. Introduction to the rules (625 KB)

12. Rules:  Water take, use and management (624 KB)

13. Rules: Land use on lake or river beds or regionally significant wetlands (470 KB)

14. Rules:  Land use other than in lake or river beds (291 KB)

15. Methods other than rules (390 KB)

16. Information requirements (405 KB)

17. Financial contributions (273 KB)

18. Cross-boundary issues (395 KB)

19. Monitoring and review (406 KB)

Schedules

Schedules 1 - 16 (9 MB)

Schedule 1, 1A, 1AA, 1B, 1C, and 1D:  Schedule of natural and human use values of Otago's surface water bodies (541 MB)

Schedule 2, 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D:  Schedule of specified restrictions on the exercise of permits to take surface water (151 KB)

Schedule 3, 3A, 3B: Schedule of human use values of Otago's aquifers (90 KB)

Schedule 4, 4A, 4B, 4C: Schedule of specified restrictions on the exercise of permits to take groundwater (89 KB)

Schedule 5, 5A, 5B: Schedule of limits to instantaneous take of groundwater (122 KB)

Schedule 6: Schedule of water bodies where damming is prohibited (82 KB)

Schedule 7: Schedule of water bodies sensitive to suction dredge mining (134 KB)

Schedule 8: Schedule of requirements for discharge of animal waste (82 KB)

Schedule 9: Schedule of identified regionally significant wetlands and wetland management areas (251 KB)

Schedule 10: Repealed - 1 October 2013 (37 KB)

Schedule 11: Repealed - 1 March 2012 (37 KB)

Schedule 12: Schedule of coastal marine area boundaries (4 MB)

Schedule 13: Schedule of transitional provisions repealed by this Regional Plan: Water (114 KB)

Schedule 14:  Repealed - 1 March 2012 (37 KB)

Schedule 15:  Schedule of characteristics and numerical limits and targets for good quality water in Otago lakes and rivers (665 KB)

Schedule 16:  Schedule of permitted activity discharge thresholds for water quality by discharge threshold areas (359 KB)


Glossary (364 KB)
Appendices (353 KB)

Maps

Section A: Community Water Supply Takes also showing Subregional Boundaries and the Waitaki Catchment

Map A Index (4 MB)
Map A1 - Lakes subregion (2 MB)
Map A2 - Lake subregion (4 MB)
Map A3 - Lakes and Central Otago subregions (5 MB)
Map A4 - Lakes and Central Otago subregions (5 MB)
Map A5 - Central Otago and North Otago subregions (3 MB)
Map A6 - Lakes and Central Otago subregions (5 MB)
Map A7 - Lakes, Central Otago, Roxburgh and Maniototo subregions (6 MB)
Map A8 - Central Otago, Maniototo, Strath Taieri and North Otago subregions (6 MB)
Map A9 - North Otago subregions (3 MB)

Map A10 - Lakes, Central Otago and Southwest Otago subregions (3 MB)
Map A11 - Lakes, Central Otago, Southwest Otago, Roxburgh, Strath Taieri, Taieri Clutha Plains, Waikouaiti Lammermoor and Maniototo subregions (5 MB)
Map A12 - Central Otago, Strath Taieri, Taieri Clutha Plains, Waikouaiti Lammermoor, North Otago, Maniototo and Coastal subregions (4 MB)
Map A13 - Southwest Otago, Roxburgh, Taieri Clutha Plains, Waikouaiti Lammermoor and Coastal subregions (5 MB) 
Map A14 - Southwest Otago, Taieri Clutha Plains, Waikouaiti Lammermoor and Coastal subregions (3 MB)
Map A15 - Southwest Otago, Catlins, Taieri Clutha Plains and Coastal subregions (3 MB)
Map A16 - Catlins, Taieri Clutha Plains and Coastal subregions (2 MB) 
Map A-Series (5 MB)
Map A-Series Inserts (3 MB)

Section B: Minimum flow catchment boundaries and monitoring sites 

Map B Index (1 MB)
Map B1 (3 MB)
Map B2 (4 MB)
Map B3 (5 MB)
Map B4 - Luggate catchment and Manuherikia catchment upstream of Ophir (5 MB)
Map B5 - Manuherikia catchment upstream of Ophir (3 MB)
Map B6 - Lake Hayes catchment (5 MB)
Map B7 - Luggate catchment, Manuherikia catchment upstream of Ophir and Taieri catchment Paerau to Waipiata (5 MB)
Map B8 - Taieri catchment Paerau to Waipiata, Taieri catchment Waipiata to Tiroiti, Taieri catchment Tiroiti to Sutton, Shag catchment, Waianakarua catchment and Kakanui catchment (5 MB)
Map B9 - Welcome Creek catchment, Waianakarua catchment and Kakanui catchment (2 MB)
Map B10 - Pomahaka catchment (3 MB)
Map B11 - Pomahaka catchment, Manuherikia catchment upstream of Ophir, Taieri catchment upstream of Paerau, Taieri catchment Paerau to Waipiata and Taieri catchment Sutton to Outram (5 MB)

Map B12 - Taieri catchment upstream of Paerau, Taieri catchment Paerau to Waipiata, Taieri catchment Tiroiti to Sutton, Taieri catchment Sutton to Outram, Shag catchment, Waianakarua catchment and Trotters catchment (5 MB)
Map B13 - Pomahaka catchment, Taieri catchment Sutton to Outram, Waitahuna catchment, Waiwera catchment and Kake Tuakitoto catchment (1 MB)
Map B14 - Taieri catchment Sutton to Outram, Waitahuna catchment, Lake Tuakitoto catchment and Water of Leith catchment (4 MB)
Map B15 - Pomahaka catchment, Waiwera catchment and Lake Tuakitoto catchment (1 MB)
Map B16 - Lake Tuakitoto catchment (5 MB)
Map B-Series (7 MB)

Section C: Aquifers, Groundwater Zones and Groundwater Protection Zones 

Map C Index (3 MB)
Map C1 - Hawea Basin Aquifer (7 MB)
Map C2 - Hawea Basin Aquifer, Wanaka Basin Cardrona Gravel Aquifer and Cardrona Alluvial Ribbon Aquifer (6 MB)
Map C3 - Cardrona Alluvial Ribbon Aquifer (8 MB)
Map C4 - Wakatipu Basin Aquifer (8 MB)
Map C5 - Lindis Alluvial Ribbon Aquifer (8 MB)
Map C6 - Lindis Alluvial Ribbon Aquifer (7 MB)
Map C7 - Lowburn Alluvial Ribbon Aquifer and Cromwell Terrace Aquifer (8 MB)
Map C8 - Manuherikia Claybound Aquifer, Manuherikia Alluvium Aquifer, Dunstan Flats Aquifer and Earnscleugh Aquifer, and Groundwater Zones (7 MB)
Map C9 - Manuherikia Claybound Aquifer, Manuherikia Alluvium Aquifer, Dunstan Flats Aquifer and Earnscleugh Aquifer, and Groundwater Zones (7 MB)
Map C10 - Maniototo Tertiary Aquifer (5 MB)
Map C11 - Maniototo Tertiary Aquifer (5 MB)
Map C12 - Maniototo Tertiary Aquifer (4 MB)
Map C13 - Maniototo Tertiary Aquifer (6 MB)
Map C14 - Maniototo Tertiary Aquifer (6 MB)
Map C15 - Papakaio Aquifer, Lower Waitaki Plains Aquifer and North Otago Volcanic Aquifer, and Groundwater Protection Zones (5 MB)
Map C16 - Lower Waitaki Plains Aquifer and North Otago Volcanic Aquifer, and Groundwater Protection Zones (4 MB)
Map C17 - Kakanui-Kauru Alluvium Aquifer, Papakaio Aquifer and North Otago Volcanic Aquifer, and Groundwater Protection Zone and Seawater Intrusion Risk Zone (4 MB)
Map C18 - Kakanui-Kauru Alluvium Aquifer and North Otago Volcanic Aquifer, and Groundwater Protection Zone and Seawater Intrusion Risk Zone (4 MB)
Map C19 -  Shag Alluvium Aquifer and Groundwater Protection Zone (4 MB)
Map C20 - Roxburgh Basin Aquifer (7 MB)
Map C21 - Ettrick Basin Aquifer (7 MB)
Map C22 - Pomahaka Alluvial Ribbon Aquifer (6 MB)
Map C23 - Pomahaka Alluvial Ribbon Aquifer (6 MB)
Map C24 - Lower Taieri Aquifer and Groundwater Protection Zone (7 MB)
Map C25 - Lower Taieri Aquifer and Groundwater Protection Zone (5 MB)
Map C26 - Inch Clutha Gravel Aquifer (6 MB)
Map C27 - Inch Clutha Gravel Aquifer (3 MB)
Map C-Series (10 MB)

Section D: Aquifer Water Take Restriction Areas and Monitoring Bores

Map D Index (367 KB)
Map D1 - Papakaio Aquifer (1 MB)
Map D2 - North Otago Volcanics Aquifer (1 MB)
Map D3 - Roxburgh Basin and Ettrick Basin Aquifers (1 MB)
Map D4 - Lower Taieri Aquifer (1 MB)   

Section E: Areas with Water Bodies Sensitive to Suction Dredge Mining also showing Subregional Boundaries

Map E Index (471 KB)
Map E1 - Lakes and Central Otago (757 KB)
Map E2 - Lakes and Central Otago (1 MB)
Map E3 - Lakes, Central Otago and Maniototo (928 KB)
Map E4 - Lakes and Central Otago (947 KB)
Map E5 - Lakes, Central Otago, Southwest Otago, Roxburgh, Maniototo and Strath Taieri (1 MB)
Map E6 - Central Otago, Maniototo, Strath Taieri, North Otago and Waikouaiti/Lammermoor (1 MB)
Map E7 - Roxburgh, Maniototo, Southwest Otago, Strath Taieri, Waikouaiti/Lammermoor and Taieri/Clutha Plains (1 MB)
Map E8 - Strath Taieri, North Otago, Waikouaiti/Lammermoor, Taieri/Clutha Plains and Coastal (1 MB)
Map E9 - Southwest Otago, Taieri/Clutha Plains, Coastal and Catlins (1 MB)
   

Section F: Regionally Significant Wetlands

Index by wetland name (140 KB)

Index map 1 – Queenstown Lakes District (376 KB)
Index map 2 – Central Otago District, Waitaki District, Dunedin City (411 KB)
Index map 3 – Clutha District (330 KB)

Map F1 Big Boggy Swamp, Dingle Lagoon, Makarora Flat Swamp Complex, Minaret Bay Swamp (334 KB)
Map F2 Butterfield Wetland, Matukituki Bluff Ephemeral Wetland Management Area, Scaifes Lagoon, The Neck Wetlands (286 KB)
Map F3 Campbells Reserve Pond Margins, Diamond Lake Wetland, Kinloch Wetland, Lake Reid Wetland (280 KB)
Map F4 Matakauri Wetland, Moke Creek Swamp, Moke Lake Bog, Little Stoney Bog (296 KB)
Map F5 Matukituki Valley Wetland Management Area (341 KB)
Map F6 Church Hill Wetland Complex (314 KB)
Map F7 Mount Nicholas Lagoon, Lake Hayes Margins (293 KB)
Map F8 Glenorchy Lagoon Wetland, Shotover River Confluence Swamp, Signal Hill Swamp (608 KB)
Map F9 Von Valley Wetland Complex (711 KB)
Map F10 Von Valley Wetland Complex (682 KB)
Map F11 Dunard Inland Saline Wetland Management Area, Laws Road Swamp, Rockdale Inland Saline Wetland Management Area, Timber Creek Seepage (276 KB)
Map F12 Blackmans Inland Saline Wetland Management Area, Long Gully Marsh, Moa Creek Inland Saline Wetland, Galloway No 1 Inland Saline Wetland Complex, Galloway No 2 Inland Saline Wetland Management Area (289 KB)
Map F13 Lower Manorburn Dam Margins, Gilmour Road Marsh, Styx Ephemeral Wetland Management Area, Upper Black Stream Marshes (315 KB)
Map F14 Cross Eden Creek Marsh Complex, Kirkwoods Creek Wetland Management Area (337 KB)
Map F15 Island Block Pond Marshes, Kirk Creek Headwaters Marsh Complex, Rigney Pond Margins (277 KB)
Map F16 Bendigo Wetland, Chapman Road Inland Saline Wetland, Conroys Dam Inland Saline Wetland Management Area, Conroys Road Inland Saline Wetland Complex (349 KB)
Map F17 Flat Top Hill Ephemeral Wetlands, Nevis Red Tussock Fen, Schoolhouse Flat Red Tussock Fen (281 KB)
Map F18 Hawkdun Runs Road Marsh, Hut Creek Swamps (598 KB)
Map F19 Upper Taieri Wetlands Complex (605 KB)
Map F20 Upper Taieri Wetlands Complex (634 KB)
Map F21 Upper Taieri Wetlands Complex (597 KB)
Map F22 Belmont Inland Saline Wetland Management Area, Clachanburn Marsh, Patearoa Inland Saline Wetland, Totara Creek Inland Saline Wetland, Upper Taieri Wetlands Complex (594 KB)
Map F23 Upper Taieri Wetlands Complex (666 KB)
Map F24 Upper Taieri Wetlands Complex (663 KB)
Map F25 Upper Taieri Wetlands Complex (643 KB)
Map F26 Great Moss Swamp (640 KB)
Map F27 Boundary Creek Fen, Middle Swamp, Fortification Creek Wetland Management Area (706 KB)
Map F28 Blackcleugh Burn Swamp, Malones Dam Margins, Glendhu Swamp, John O'Groats Hill Fen (300 KB)
Map F29 Black Swamp, Clifton Hill Marshes, Pomahaka River Oxbow Marsh (Dalvey School Road), Pomahaka River Oxbow Marsh (Koi Creek) (266 KB)
Map F30 Macfarlane Road Oxbow Swamp, Marana Swamp, Trig Y Bogs, Willowburn Bog (259 KB)
Map F31 Blair Fen, Blair Swamp, Harrington Mill Road Swamp, Samson Hill Marshes, Upper Tahakopa Swamps (280 KB)
Map F32 Hukihuki Swamp, Hungerford Point Saltmarsh, Lake Wilkie Swamp, Lenz Reserve Wetlands, Tautuku River Mouth Marsh (275 KB)
Map F33 Catlins River Wetland, Otanomomo Tuatiki Reserve, Ratanui Swamp (259 KB)
Map F34 Dunvegan Fen Complex, Wairepo Creek Marsh Complex (306 KB)
Map F35 Cairn Road Bog (215 KB)
Map F36 Cannibal Bay Road Swamp, False Islet Wetland Management Area, Tahakopa Marsh Complex (271 KB)
Map F37Clutha Matau Wetlands, Clutha River Mouth Lagoon, Molyneux Bay Swamp (283 KB)
Map F38 Cheetwood Road Wetlands, Culcairn Oxbow Marsh, Finegand Lagoon Marsh (297 KB)
Map F39 East Benhar Swamp, Lake Tuakitoto Wetland, Stirling Marsh Complex (413 KB)
Map F40 Camp Stream Swamp, Frasers Stream Headwaters Marsh Complex, Two Stone Hill Stream Swamp (304 KB)
Map F41 Measly Beach Wetland Complex (229 KB)
Map F42 Akatore Creek Swamp, Coutts Gully Swamp (323 KB)
Map F43 Governors Point Swamp, Rocky Hill Tidal Marshes, Takitoa Swamp (312 KB)
Map F44 Henley Swamp, Waipori Boot Swamp, Waipori/Waihola Wetland Complex (837 KB)
Map F45 Waipori Boot Swamp, Waipori/Waihola Wetland Complex (840 KB)
Map F46 Loch Loudon Fen Complex, Loch Luella Fen Complex (822 KB)
Map F47 Bungtown Bog, Loch Luella Fen Complex (800 KB)
Map F48 Tokomairiro River Swamp (686 KB)
Map F49 Hazeldale Fens, Kuriwao Saddle Fen Complex, Three Stones Fen Complex (622 KB)
Map F50 Maclennan River Podocarp Swamp Complex, Stuarts Marsh, Tahakopa Bay Podocarp Swamp, Tahakopa River Bogs (611 KB)
Map F51 Fernhill Marsh, Murrays Road Inland Saline Wetland Management Area, Glyn Wye Wetland Management Area, Little Boggy Swamp (276 KB)
Map F52 Andersons Pond Margins, Old Dunstan Road Swamp, Reefs Pond Margins, Fortification Stream Headwaters Swamp (276 KB)
Map F53 Aramoana Saltmarsh, Jennings Creek Marsh, Lamb Hill Fen Complex, Swampy Summit Swamp, Whareakeake Marsh (337 KB)
Map F54 Lower Otokia Creek Marsh, McKays Triangle Wetland, Hoopers Inlet Swamp, Tomahawk Lagoon (298 KB)
Map F55 Peat Moss Hills Fen Complex, Sutton Salt Lake Wetland Management Area (274 KB)
Map F56 Ellison Saltmarsh, McGregor Swamp, McLachlan Road Marsh, Hawksbury Lagoon, Waikouaiti River Estuary Wetland Complex (331 KB)
Map F57 Kaikorai Lagoon Swamp, Braeside Swamp, Otokia Swamp (322 KB)
Map F58 Maungatua Summit Wetland Management Area, Office Creek Seepage (742 KB)
Map F59 Devils Bridge Wetland, Nenthorn Ridge Wetland Management Area, Paddys Rock Ephemeral Tarn, Shag Point Dam Margins, Shag River Estuary Swamp (293 KB)
Map F60 All Day Bay Lagoon, Kakaho Creek Swamp, Kemp Road Lagoon, Waianakarua River Estuary Swamp (242 KB)
Map F61 Te Hua Taki Wetland, Upper Waiareka Creek Swamp, Tavora Wetland, Papanui Inlet Saltmarsh (263 KB)
Map F62 Pleasant River Estuary Wetland Complex, Red Bank Wetland Management Area (357 KB)
Map F63 Black Rock Marshes, Okia Flat Wetland Management Area, Te Matai Marsh Complex (333 KB)

Section G: Additional Wetlands - Repealed 1 October 2013
Section H:  Nitrogen Sensitive Zones

Map H (3 MB)
Map H1 Kakanui-Kauru Aquifer (3 MB)
Map H2 Shag Alluvium Aquifer (3 MB)
Map H3 Wakatipu Basin Aquifer (3 MB)
Map H4 Roxburgh and Ettrick Aquifers (3 MB)
Map H5 Lakes Area (Wanaka) (2 MB)
Map H6 Lakes Area (Queenstown) (3 MB)

Section J:  Schedule 16 Discharge Threshold Areas

Map J (3 MB)
Map J1 (3 MB)
Map J2 (3 MB)
Map J3 (3 MB)
Map J4 (3 MB)
Map J5 (3 MB)

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