The Upper Waitaki catchment is the most distinctive and largest of New Zealand’s high inland basins, almost completely derived from glacial activity with features ranging from alpine ice fields and lakes, to braided river plains. The region has many lakes including the glacial-fed lakes of Tekapo, Pukaki, Ohau and Alexandrina that lie behind moraines and the artificial hydro lakes of Ruataniwha, Benmore and Aviemore.
Meet your water zone committee
Meet your water zone committee members.
Action on the ground
We deliver work related to the zone committee's recommendations through an on-the-ground team made up of Environment Canterbury staff.
Zone committee recommendations for environmental limits are given effect to through the Canterbury Land and Water Regional Plan.
News and events
Check out your zone's latest stories, videos and newsletters via the news and events section of our website.
Information for farmers
Visit the Good Management Practice (GMP) website to find zone-specific farming information.
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Integrated monitoring framework (IMF)
The IMF draws on several existing groundwater and surface water monitoring programmes for the Waitaki catchment.
Your natural environment
Discover the natural environment in the Upper Waitaki water zone.
View agendas and meeting papers
Use our Document Library to find water zone committee agendas and meeting papers.