Wye Creek drains Kawarau/The Remarkables into Whakatipu-wai-Māori
Image: Carl Walrond, DOC | ©


Have your say in the first of two rounds of public consultation on the Remarkables Conservation Areas’ reclassification. Submissions closed 26 February 2021.


Kawarau is the traditional Māori name for The Remarkables – the iconic mountain range on the south-eastern shore of Whakatipu-wai-Māori (Lake Wakatipu).

Consultation purpose

The Remarkables Conservation Areas make up over 33,000 hectares and is currently classified as stewardship land. DOC is working in partnership with Papatipu Rūnanga to assess the cultural and conservation values of the Remarkables Conservation Areas.

Values in this context refer to what people value about this area. “We” in this process refers to DOC working in partnership with Papatipu Rūnanga. The Otago Conservation Board also has a statutory role to advise us in this process.

The end goal is to reclassify the Remarkables Conservation Areas to better recognise and protect the conservation and cultural values present. This will mean changing it from stewardship land to a different category or categories of conservation land.

Definition and history of stewardship land.

Reclassify in this context means to give it a new conservation land category or categories.

Conservation land categories.

Values reports

Values reports will help inform the development of any proposal for a new classification or classifications in 2021.

If you hold further information on the area or if our reports are missing anything, let us know by submitting your response.

These reports were commissioned in 2019 and 2020 to help inform the reclassification of the area.

How to submit your response

Submissions closed 26 February 2021.

1. Complete the form

You need to download and complete a submission form:

Your feedback should clearly include your name, address, telephone number and email address.

2. Send your form by 26 February 2021

Send your submission by email or post. You'll get a confirmation email or letter when a submission has been received.

Email: kawarau@doc.govt.nz
Subject line: Remarkables Conservation Areas reclassification

Statutory Manager
Southern South Island Region
Department of Conservation
PO Box 811, Queenstown 9371

Submissions closed 4 pm 26 February 2021.

What happens next

  1. We collate all the submissions
  2. We take into account the submissions.
  3. We propose a new classification or classifications.
  4. We consult with the public on the proposed classification or classifications.
  5. The Otago Conservation Board advises us on the proposal.

Contact us

If you have questions contact John Roberts, Pou Ture Whenua/Statutory Manager, Southern South Island Region.

Email: jroberts@doc.govt.nz

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