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.

Key documents

The Zone Implementation Programme (ZIP) and addendum contain the Upper Waitaki water zone committee’s recommendations. The annual report summarises the committee’s activities and achievements. The Canterbury Water Management Strategy is a framework for water management in Canterbury containing targets and goals. It also sets out the zone committee’s structure. You can download these documents using the following links: