Activities on the Surface of Water

Surface water activities include the use of craft, structures and contact recreation on the inland waters of the District: being the surface of lakes, rivers and wetlands.


► A number of waterbodies are recognised as outstanding natural landscapes.
► The rivers within the Waitaki District support the breeding of nationally and internationally recognised birds.
► The waterbodies within the Waitaki District support salmon and trout spawning.
► Recreational and commercial activities have the potential to cause a variety of adverse effects, including cumulative effects.
► Structures can reduce public access, availability of river/lake space and affect the natural character of lakes, rivers and their margins.
► The natural character of lakes, rivers, wetlands and their margins can be adversely affected by surface water activities.
► The use of powered craft can have noise effects unsuitable for the surrounding environment.


► New policies that provide for the management of surface water activities that may adversely affect the values of these waterbodies.
► Additional rules that control motorised recreational and commercial surface water activites adjacent to, or within cultural or naturally significant habitats.
► New rules that control recreational and commercial surface water activties during the salmon spawning seasons.
► An updated policy, and new rules for managing adverse effects of commercial activities across all waterbodies of the Waitaki District.
► Retain strong rules that manage any adverse effects from structures passing through, or over the surface of water, including cumulative effects.
► New noise standards specific to noise emanating from powered surface water activities.


There are many types of waterbodies within the Waitaki District, that each enable specific surface water activities:

Glacial-fed lakes, Braided Rivers, Lowland Rivers, Hydro canals and lakes, Significant wetlands, Spring-fed streams