Landscapes and coastal environment

An important part of the process to create the new Tasman Environment Plan is identifying the District's special places and giving them extra protections to help preserve the uniqueness of the environment, the area’s history, or provide people with access to the outdoors.

First draft maps of Tasman District's Outstanding Natural Landscapes, Outstanding Natural Features, and the Coastal Environment area is available for you to explore here and below.

In autumn 2021, we began the process of working with landowners and our communities to make sure that we have the boundaries in the right place and that the protective controls on activity are sensitive to future aspirations. Early feedback has been gathered and updated draft maps with boundary changes will be released in the new year. We had hoped to be able to share updated maps in late 2022, however due to COVID-19 restrictions a number of site visits have been postponed so we will not have final drafts maps until those visits have happened. It’s important to know that before anything is finalised, we will be in touch again on the firmed up boundaries and proposed policy response for your area.

Note: This project is not about stopping established legal activities, it’s about safeguarding the District's valued landscapes and coast from specific future activities that would impact what makes them so special.


Click here to read the answers to a series of frequently asked questions about the Tasman District Outstanding Natural Landscapes and Features, and revised Coastal Environment projects.

Hard-copy versions of the studies are available from TDC service centres.

Overview of engagement to date

Council is undertaking extensive and ongoing engagement with landowners, stakeholders, and interest groups on the Landscapes and Coastal Environment projects.

To date we have provided information and gathered feedback on these topics through:

  • Accessible online information including links to the technical studies and draft maps, frequently asked questions, and draft map viewers.
  • Newspaper advertising, media interviews, and print and digital newsletter articles.
  • Thirteen community feedback events and public meetings across the district during late May and early June.
  • Four webinars with a recorded session including the live Q&A available below for on-demand viewing.
  • An online and print feedback form.
  • Dozens of face to face and virtual meetings with groups and landowners in June, July, and August to follow up on the feedback events.
  • Numerous emails and phone conversations with groups and landowners in June, July, August and September to gather information, explain the process, and answer questions.

Over our first round of extended engagement, we heard from over 300 individuals and groups. Following feedback from landowners and stakeholders, the draft maps of the Tasman District Outstanding Natural Landscapes and Features, and the revised Coastal Environment area, have been changed to reflect local knowledge and will be released before the end of the year.

Online Q&A - 2021

In April, we were joined by around 230 landowners and interested people across four live video presentations covering what the ONL, ONF, and CE areas mean, and how to get involved. Following the short presentations, our panel answered questions from the audience.

Feedback events- Series complete

We hosted events across the Tasman District to gather feedback from late May until early June.

Thank you to everyone who attended the events and shared local knowledge and your future aspirations.

We’ve heard a range of perspectives and recognise the hard work and passion in our communities.

Landscapes and coastal environment feedback event

Click 'See more' below for the full list of past events.

Sunday 23 May 2021 08:00 am – 01:00 pm

Motueka [past event]

Motueka Sunday Market
Decks Reserve Carpark, Wallace Street

Monday 24 May 2021 02:00 pm – 07:00 pm

Tākaka [past event]

Tasman District Council Service Centre
78 Commercial Street

Tuesday 25 May 2021 11:00 am – 02:00 pm

Mangarakau [past event]

The Nugget Café
2125 Dry Road