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).

In May 2021, the Government announced measures to streamline the reclassification of stewardship land. These include legislative reform and the establishment of national panels to provide technical assessments and make recommendations to the Minister of Conservation. The national panels are beginning their work in the northern South Island and western South Island regions.

Existing reclassification projects outside of these two regions that are underway will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The reclassification of the Kawarau/Remarkables conservation area is currently paused while the national process for the reclassification of stewardship land is being implemented.  

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.

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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