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Have your say on the draft Otago Conservation Management Strategy partial review. Submissions closed 21 December 2020.


Submission processing and hearings

Due to the large number of submissions received, it will take some time to process and capture all submissions.

If you have not heard from us, we will be in touch as soon as possible to acknowledge your submission.

Once all submissions are captured, we will update our timeframes and determine where and when the hearings are likely to be.

A Conservation Management Strategy (CMS) is a legal document that sets out what can or cannot be done on the public conservation lands and waters that it covers. It is used for the integrated management of natural, historic, cultural, and recreational values, including species in a region on behalf of New Zealanders.

The Otago CMS applies to all public conservation lands and water in the Otago region, and provides guidance for managing conservation values outside of these areas.

DOC has been undertaking a partial review of the Otago CMS to allow for new cycle tracks and trails to be considered and reviewing of relevant CMS mountain biking policies.

Your submission

We would like to hear from you.

The draft Otago CMS partial review is publicly notified on 23 October 2020. This means that any member of the public can lodge a written submission either in support or opposing the changes to the Otago CMS.

Submissions closed 4.00 pm Monday 21 December 2020.

1. Prepare your submission

If you agree with the proposed changes, then great! Put in a submission supporting the relevant provisions.

If you don’t agree with a change, let us know why and what you would like changed.

Also, let us know whether you would like to present your submission (be heard). Hearings will be held in the new year. We will be in contact with all those wanting to be heard.

Download the submission form (DOCX, 2,472K)

2. Send us your subission by email or post

Email: (

Otago CMS submissions
Department of Conservation
Private Bag 4715
Christchurch 8140

View the draft Otago CMS partial review

Download a copy of the partial review (PDF, 511K)

The draft Otago CMS partial review only shows those parts of Volume I and Volume II with proposed changes. The revised text and policies are shown in tracked changes, with:

  • underlining for new text, eg this contains new text, and
  • strikethrough for deleted text, eg this shows some deleted text

Hard copies of the draft Otago CMS can be inspected during working hours between 9.00 am and 4.30 pm at:

  • DOC offices in Queenstown, Arthurs Point, Alexandra, Dunedin and Invercargill (you will need to call ahead)
  • DOC visitor centres in Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown and Dunedin.

Get contact details

What to look for in the draft Otago CMS partial review

The draft partial review reflects the outcome of the assessment of new cycle trail proposals and affected parcels of public conservation lands and waters into three categories:

  • revised Part Two Tables including the parcels of public conservation lands and waters ‘supported’ by DOC for considering cycle tracks and trails
  • discussion box for the ‘unsure/seek public feedback’ parcels of public conservation lands and waters. DOC is seeking feedback from the public about these parcels of public conservation lands and waters before making a recommendation
  • a separate table reflecting the parcels of public conservation lands and waters not supported by DOC for considering for cycle tracks and trails.

It is important to note parcels of public conservation lands and waters included in the Part Two tables does not mean the cycle trail will automatically be approved. Before a cycle trail can be allowed or developed an authorisation from DOC to construct and maintain the cycle trail is required.

The District office will access cycle trail proposals on matters detailed in the revised policies detailed in Part Three (3.2 Vehicles) in the partial review, including assessment of adverse effects and consult with relevant parties.

Essentially there is a two-stage approach to being able to consider cycle tracks and trails:

  • the first step is inclusion of the relevant parcel of public conservation lands and waters in the Otago CMS, by way of partial review
  • the second step is the consideration of the proposed cycle trail and assessment of effects and consultation.

Also included in this partial review is the inclusion of any parcels of public conservation lands and waters currently not listed in the inventory of the Otago CMS which came to DOC after 2016 and are affected by proposed cycle tracks and trails. They have been added to the inventory. 

Map viewer

The interactive map viewer shows:

  • the proposed cycle tracks and trails and affected parcels public conservation land and waters, and
  • whether they are ‘supported’, ‘not supported’ or ‘unsure/seeking public feedback':

Interactive map viewer

It is important to note the notified draft Otago CMS and the mapping only consider proposals on public conservation land and waters. Proposals outside public conservation land and waters, may require landowner permission. Some of the proposals considered are aspirational ideas, currently unfunded and undeveloped.

The process so far

The draft Otago CMS partial review has been developed in consultation with our Treaty partners, Ngāi Tahu and the Otago Conservation Board.

DOC invited those interested in cycle tracks and trails and mountain biking to put forward trail proposals for public conservation lands and waters in Otago. The opportunity to send in a proposal closed 29 May 2020.

DOC received 115 proposals from 22 proponents. The District offices added parcels with existing cycle tracks and trails that came to DOC via tenure review or were missed when the CMS was reviewed in 2016. In total close to 350 parcels of public conservation lands and waters are affected.

All new cycle trail proposals and affected parcels of public conservation lands and waters are assessed against the following high-level criteria:

  • consistent with the purpose for which the land and waters are held
  • consistent with the desired outcome and policies for the CMS Place where the trial is proposed to be located
  • considering the extent to which adverse (including cumulative) effects of the activity on natural, historic, and cultural values and other recreational users can be avoided.

More information about the process (PDF, 590K)

What happens next

When the submission period closes (4 pm Monday 21 December 2020), DOC will collate all the submissions received and a hearing(s) will be held for all those submitters who asked to be heard.

Once the hearings are completed, DOC will revise the draft Otago CMS based on submissions received (not just those submitters who asked to be heard).

In some cases, changes may not be possible due to legislative or other constraints. Either way, you will receive a response to your submission when the revised draft Otago CMS is sent to the Otago Conservation Board for its consideration.

Further changes may be made to the draft Otago CMS before it is sent to the New Zealand Conservation Authority for approval.

Once approved the reviewed parts will replace the current parts of the Otago CMS.

Check this website for updates on the process.


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