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Drone Policy

This policy aims to enable and promote the safe and efficient use of RPAS (also known as remotely piloted aircraft systems, or drones) within and above Council controlled land parks.

This policy is limited by, and subordinate to the requirements of the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand (CAANZ) Rule Parts 101 and 102.

Most of the parks and open spaces within the Blenheim and Picton area fall within controlled airspace or within 4km of an airfield so additional permission will be required from other agencies - details of these agencies are available in the policy and links to contact details for these agencies are available on this page.

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Permission Requests

The link below details the process to request permission to fly a drone over Council controlled land in Marlborough.

How to request permission to fly a RMPA (drone) over Council controlled land

Other Agency Details

Woodbourne Air Traffic Control

Omaka Airfield (Marlborough Aero Club)

Picton Airfield (Sounds Air)

Marlborough District Council Harbourmaster (flights over Marlborough Sounds water)

Marlborough Roads/NZTA

Wairau Hospital (Nelson Marlborough District Health Board)

Useful Links


CAANZ information on drones (includes rules, FAQs, information on drone training)

Department of Conservation - drone use on conservation land

UAVNZ website