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.

Purpose of the plan

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.

Current water plan changes


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.

Key Event Date Notified Date Decision Released Date Operative
Waitaki Catchment Water Allocation Regional Plan (please contact ECan for information on this plan) 19 February 2005 30 September 2005 3 July 2006
Plan Change 1A 17 August 2005 1 April 2006 1 August 2006
Plan Change 1B (Minimum Flows) 20 December 2008 31 October 2009 1 March 2010
Plan Change 1C (Water Allocation and Use) 20 December 2008 10 April 2010 1 March 2012
Plan Change 3A (Minimum Flow for Taieri River at Tiroiti) 26 June 2010 11 December 2010 1 May 2011
Plan Change 4A (Groundwater and North Otago Volcanic Aquifer) 18 September 2010 24 September 2011 1 March 2012
Amendment 1 (NPS Freshwater Management) 24 June 2011 24 June 2011 1 July 2011
Plan Change 2 (Regionally Significant Wetlands) 2 July 2011 12 May 2012 1 October 2013

Plan Change 6A (Water Quality)
Plan Change 6A Archive

31 March 2012 20 April 2013 1 May 2014
Plan Change 4B (Groundwater allocation) 17 May 2014 13 December 2014 1 September 2015
Plan Change 4C (Groundwater management: Cromwell Terrace Aquifer) 16 August 2014 13 December 2014 1 September 2015
Plan Change 3B (Pomahaka Catchment minimum flow) 16 August 2014 14 February 2015 1 June 2015
Plan Change 3C (Waiwera Catchment minimum flow) 13 December 2014 8 August 2015 1 March 2016
Amendment 2 (NES Plantation Forestry) to the Regional Plan:Water 30 June 2018 30 June 2018 1 July 2018
Proposed Plan Change 5A (Lindis: Integrated water management) 8 August 2015 13 August 2016 -

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.

Download the Regional Plan: Water

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 or you can also download Chapters 1 to 19 as a single document. 

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


Regional Plan: Water (chapters 1 - 19)


Schedules (1 - 17)


Maps

Map C Index

Map C1 - Hawea Basin Aquifer

Map C2 - Hawea Basin Aquifer, Wanaka Basin Cardrona Gravel Aquifer and Cardrona Alluvial Ribbon Aquifer

Map C3 - Cardrona Alluvial Ribbon Aquifer

Map C4 - Wakatipu Basin Aquifer

Map C5 - Lindis Alluvial Ribbon Aquifer 

Map C6 - Lindis Alluvial Ribbon Aquifer 

Map C7 - Lowburn Alluvial Ribbon Aquifer and Cromwell Terrace Aquifer

Map C8 - Manuherikia Claybound Aquifer, Manuherikia Alluvium Aquifer, Dunstan Flats Aquifer and Earnscleugh Aquifer, and Groundwater Zones

Map C9 - Manuherikia Claybound Aquifer, Manuherikia Alluvium Aquifer, Dunstan Flats Aquifer and Earnscleugh Aquifer, and Groundwater Zones

Map C10 - Maniototo Tertiary Aquifer

Map C11 - Maniototo Tertiary Aquifer

Map C12 - Maniototo Tertiary Aquifer

Map C13 - Maniototo Tertiary Aquifer

Map C14 - Maniototo Tertiary Aquifer

Map C15 - Papakaio Aquifer, Lower Waitaki Plains Aquifer and North Otago Volcanic Aquifer, and Groundwater Protection Zones

Map C16 - Lower Waitaki Plains Aquifer and North Otago Volcanic Aquifer, and Groundwater Protection Zones

Map C17 - Kakanui-Kauru Alluvium Aquifer, Papakaio Aquifer and North Otago Volcanic Aquifer, and Groundwater Protection Zone and Seawater Intrusion Risk Zone

Map C18 - Kakanui-Kauru Alluvium Aquifer and North Otago Volcanic Aquifer, and Groundwater Protection Zone and Seawater Intrusion Risk Zone

Map C19 - Shag Alluvium Aquifer and Groundwater Protection Zone

Map C20 - Roxburgh Basin Aquifer

Map C21 - Ettrick Basin Aquifer

Map C22 - Pomahaka Alluvial Ribbon Aquifer

Map C23 - Pomahaka Alluvial Ribbon Aquifer

Map C24 - Lower Taieri Aquifer and Groundwater Protection Zone

Map C25 - Lower Taieri Aquifer and Groundwater Protection Zone

Map C26 - Inch Clutha Gravel Aquifer

Map C27 - Inch Clutha Gravel Aquifer

Map C-Series

Index by wetland

Index map 1 – Queenstown Lakes District

Index map 2 – Central Otago District, Waitaki District, Dunedin City

Index map 3 – Clutha District

Map F1 Big Boggy Swamp, Dingle Lagoon, Makarora Flat Swamp Complex, Minaret Bay Swamp

Map F2 Butterfield Wetland, Matukituki Bluff Ephemeral Wetland Management Area, Scaifes Lagoon, The Neck Wetlands

Map F3 Campbells Reserve Pond Margins, Diamond Lake Wetland, Kinloch Wetland, Lake Reid Wetland

Map F4 Matakauri Wetland, Moke Creek Swamp, Moke Lake Bog, Little Stoney Bog

Map F5 Matukituki Valley Wetland Management Area

Map F6 Church Hill Wetland Complex 

Map F7 Mount Nicholas Lagoon, Lake Hayes Margins

Map F8 Glenorchy Lagoon Wetland, Shotover River Confluence Swamp, Signal Hill Swamp

Map F9 Von Valley Wetland Complex 

Map F10 Von Valley Wetland Complex 

Map F11 Dunard Inland Saline Wetland Management Area, Laws Road Swamp, Rockdale Inland Saline Wetland Management Area, Timber Creek Seepage

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

Map F13 Lower Manorburn Dam Margins, Gilmour Road Marsh, Styx Ephemeral Wetland Management Area, Upper Black Stream Marshes

Map F14 Cross Eden Creek Marsh Complex, Kirkwoods Creek Wetland Management Area

Map F15 Island Block Pond Marshes, Kirk Creek Headwaters Marsh Complex, Rigney Pond Margins

Map F16 Bendigo Wetland, Chapman Road Inland Saline Wetland, Conroys Dam Inland Saline Wetland Management Area, Conroys Road Inland Saline Wetland Complex

Map F17 Flat Top Hill Ephemeral Wetlands, Nevis Red Tussock Fen, Schoolhouse Flat Red Tussock Fen 

Map F18 Hawkdun Runs Road Marsh, Hut Creek Swamps

Map F19 Upper Taieri Wetlands Complex 

Map F20 Upper Taieri Wetlands Complex 

Map F21 Upper Taieri Wetlands Complex 

Map F22 Belmont Inland Saline Wetland Management Area, Clachanburn Marsh, Patearoa Inland Saline Wetland, Totara Creek Inland Saline Wetland, Upper Taieri Wetlands Complex

Map F23 Upper Taieri Wetlands Complex 

Map F24 Upper Taieri Wetlands Complex 

Map F25 Upper Taieri Wetlands Complex 

Map F26 Great Moss Swamp 

Map F27 Boundary Creek Fen, Middle Swamp, Fortification Creek Wetland Management Area 

Map F28 Blackcleugh Burn Swamp, Malones Dam Margins, Glendhu Swamp, John O'Groats Hill Fen

Map F29 Black Swamp, Clifton Hill Marshes, Pomahaka River Oxbow Marsh (Dalvey School Road), Pomahaka River Oxbow Marsh (Koi Creek) 

Map F30 Macfarlane Road Oxbow Swamp, Marana Swamp, Trig Y Bogs, Willowburn Bog 

Map F31 Blair Fen, Blair Swamp, Harrington Mill Road Swamp, Samson Hill Marshes, Upper Tahakopa Swamps 

Map F32 Hukihuki Swamp, Hungerford Point Saltmarsh, Lake Wilkie Swamp, Lenz Reserve Wetlands, Tautuku River Mouth Marsh

Map F33 Catlins River Wetland, Otanomomo Tuatiki Reserve, Ratanui Swamp 

Map F34 Dunvegan Fen Complex, Wairepo Creek Marsh Complex

Map F35 Cairn Road Bog

Map F36 Cannibal Bay Road Swamp, False Islet Wetland Management Area, Tahakopa Marsh Complex

Map F37 Clutha Matau Wetlands, Clutha River Mouth Lagoon, Molyneux Bay Swamp

Map F38 Cheetwood Road Wetlands, Culcairn Oxbow Marsh, Finegand Lagoon Marsh

Map F39 East Benhar Swamp, Lake Tuakitoto Wetland, Stirling Marsh Complex

Map F40 Camp Stream Swamp, Frasers Stream Headwaters Marsh Complex, Two Stone Hill Stream Swamp

Map F41 Measly Beach Wetland Complex 

Map F42 Akatore Creek Swamp, Coutts Gully Swamp

Map F43 Governors Point Swamp, Rocky Hill Tidal Marshes, Takitoa Swamp

Map F44 Henley Swamp, Waipori Boot Swamp, Waipori/Waihola Wetland Complex

Map F45 Waipori Boot Swamp, Waipori/Waihola Wetland Complex

Map F46 Loch Loudon Fen Complex, Loch Luella Fen Complex

Map F47 Bungtown Bog, Loch Luella Fen Complex

Map F48 Tokomairiro River Swamp

Map F49 Hazeldale Fens, Kuriwao Saddle Fen Complex, Three Stones Fen Complex 

Map F50 Maclennan River Podocarp Swamp Complex, Stuarts Marsh, Tahakopa Bay Podocarp Swamp, Tahakopa River Bogs

Map F51 Fernhill Marsh, Murrays Road Inland Saline Wetland Management Area, Glyn Wye Wetland Management Area, Little Boggy Swamp

Map F52 Andersons Pond Margins, Old Dunstan Road Swamp, Reefs Pond Margins, Fortification Stream Headwaters Swamp

Map F53 Aramoana Saltmarsh, Jennings Creek Marsh, Lamb Hill Fen Complex, Swampy Summit Swamp, Whareakeake Marsh

Map F54 Lower Otokia Creek Marsh, McKays Triangle Wetland, Hoopers Inlet Swamp, Tomahawk Lagoon

Map F55 Peat Moss Hills Fen Complex, Sutton Salt Lake Wetland Management Area

Map F56 Ellison Saltmarsh, McGregor Swamp, McLachlan Road Marsh, Hawksbury Lagoon, Waikouaiti River Estuary Wetland Complex

Map F57 Kaikorai Lagoon Swamp, Braeside Swamp, Otokia Swamp

Map F58 Maungatua Summit Wetland Management Area, Office Creek Seepage 

Map F59 Devils Bridge Wetland, Nenthorn Ridge Wetland Management Area, Paddys Rock Ephemeral Tarn, Shag Point Dam Margins, Shag River Estuary Swamp

Map F60 All Day Bay Lagoon, Kakaho Creek Swamp, Kemp Road Lagoon, Waianakarua River Estuary Swamp

Map F61 Te Hua Taki Wetland, Upper Waiareka Creek Swamp, Tavora Wetland, Papanui Inlet Saltmarsh

Map F62 Pleasant River Estuary Wetland Complex, Red Bank Wetland Management Area

Map F63 Black Rock Marshes, Okia Flat Wetland Management Area, Te Matai Marsh Complex

Repealed 1 October 2013.


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View contact details

Order by email at policy@orc.govt.nz.

The costs are as follows (all prices include GST):

Water Plan CD (includes Water Plan and Maps) - $10 (comes with proposed changes as notified)

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