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Have your say on the Draft Management Plan to manage the Taupō Waters. Submissions closed 1 October 2020.

Management plan in effect

The Management Plan for Taupō Waters takes effect 1 August 2021.

Submissions closed 1 October 2020

This consultation is hosted by DOC on behalf of the Taupō-Nui-a-Tia Management Board. They'll be referred to as “the Board”.

Download the submissions on the consutlation (PDF, 15,675K)

The public hearing was held on 12 November 2020. 


The Draft Management Plan applies to all Taupō Waters. The 2007 Deed confirmed the Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board as the owners of the bed of Lake Taupō, the bed of that part of the Waikato River from Lake Taupō to Te Toka a Tia (the rock of Tia), inclusive of the Huka Falls, and the bed of certain rivers or streams flowing into Lake Taupō.

The collective beds are known as “Taupō Waters” and comprise of three blocks, namely:

  • Taupō-Nui-a-Tia Block
  • Te Awa o Waikato ki te Toka o Tia Block, and 
  • Te Hokinga mai o te papa o nga awa ki te Poari hei Kaitiaki o nga Hapū o Ngāti Tūwharetoa Block.

Draft Management Plan for Taupō Waters

The Board has developed a Draft Management Plan for Taupō Waters as part of its role as an administrative body under the Reserves Act 1977. The Draft Management Plan explicitly provides for the continuation of entry to, and use of, Taupō Waters free of charge for non-exclusive and non-commercial recreational use and enjoyment and non-commercial research purposes. The Draft Management Plan for Taupō Waters was publicly notified for public submission on Friday 31 July 2020.

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