Find out about and view the Otago Conservation Management Strategy 2016.


The Otago Conservation Management Strategy (CMS) describes the conservation values of Otago. It provides guidance for DOC's work in the form of a vision, objectives, outcomes for places, policies and milestones. These translate DOC's strategic outcomes to Otago.

This CMS remains operative unless formally reviewed in full, in part or amended.

Volume I includes:

  • Part One: vision and objectives
  • Part Two: outcomes, policies and milestones for places
  • Part Three: other specific policies that address legislative and general policy requirements
  • Part Four: implementation monitoring and reporting, and review
  • the glossary and appendices.

The vision and objectives in Part One, and the policies in Part Three, cover all public conservation lands and waters in Otago. The territorial jurisdiction aligns to the old Otago Conservancy boundary, which now covers parts of the Eastern South Island and Southern South Island Regions.

Volume II contains maps and a public conservation land inventory.

Timeline of changes

2017 Technical amendment

Minor amendments were approved by the New Zealand Conservation Authority in February in accordance with section 17I(4) of the Conservation Act 1987.

2022 Partial review

This CMS was partially reviewed to enable the consideration of bike tracks and trails on public conservation lands and waters. The New Zealand Conservation Authority approved this partial review in June 2022 and it became operative on 1 July 2022.

The partial review should be read in conjunction with the original document.

Further information about the partial review

Related statutory plans

The following statutory plans also apply within the Otago region and need to be read alongside the CMS when considering activities within their areas:


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