Waikawa Bay Foreshore Reserve Management Plan


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Waikawa Bay Foreshore Reserve Management Plan

Waikawa Bay Foreshore Reserve, located on the eastern side of Waikawa Bay, is a popular place for picnicking, swimming and launching boats for both locals and visitors and is of great significance for Te Ātiawa Ki Te Tau Ihu. This small coastal reserve is a mix of recreation reserve and road reserve. The land has been transformed over time from an informal beach area where historically road spoil from the Port Underwood Road was deposited, to the more formalised reserve we have today.

The Council intends to develop a management plan for this Reserve that will help enable a mix of uses and values to be supported as well as putting in place policy to guide day-to-day management. The plan will provide the Council and the community with certainty about how this small coastal reserve will be managed over the next 10 years or so.

Proposed Timeframe

The following table sets out an indicative timeframe for development of the plan. This will be updated as the review progresses.


Approximate Timeframe

Request for feedback/suggestions

Late April 2020

Feedback closes

12 June 2020

Develop draft plan and Council process

September – December 2020

Draft plan released to public for submissions

January 2021 – March 2021

Submissions close

March 2021

Hear submissions

May 2021

Develop final plan

Late 2021

Have your say

As a resident of the Waikawa/Waitohi (Picton) area and/or a user of the Foreshore Reserve you may have thoughts or ideas on how this area could or should be used, managed and developed. We are very keen to hear your views. There are several opportunities to be involved. This includes through:

  • an informal feedback period;
  • a second more formal opportunity to prepare a submission on a draft management plan once that is released;
  • and through hearings on submissions.

While we would have normally had face to face meetings with groups in the community about developing the plan, under the current limitations on gatherings under the COVID-19 restrictions, this cannot occur. Instead the initial feedback will need to be provided online but there will also be opportunity to arrange online meetings (or phone calls) as well. As the COVID-19 restrictions are modified the opportunities for engagement with the community will be reviewed.

Further Information


If you would like to talk with someone about the process please contact Linda Craighead or Grahame Smail at the Council on 03 520 7400.