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.
Love Our Lakes
If you’re planning a trip to the Upper Waitaki lakes, pack your own picnic to reduce food and drink rubbish when visiting your favourite lakeside spot.
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Wai We Care
Applications are open to join your local water zone committee. Hear from current members and apply now.
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.
Meet your southern Environment Canterbury team
See local staff working in the Upper Waitaki zone and how to contact them.
Meet your water zone committee
Meet your water zone committee members.
Zone committee recommendations for environmental limits are given effect to through the Canterbury Land and Water Regional Plan.
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Your natural environment
Discover the natural environment in the Upper Waitaki water zone.
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