Te Waikoropupu springs close up

Every special place adds something to the overall character of the District. Some places have extra protections to help preserve the uniqueness of the environment, the area’s history, or provide people with access to the outdoors. Here are some of the ways we look after these place with specific provisions.

Let us know the places that are special to you and why through our interactive map.


Heritage includes a broad range of features that are derived from archaeological, architectural, cultural, historic, scientific, and technological qualities. They include sites of significance to Māori, historic sites, structures, places and areas, as well as archaeological sites.

Heritage resources have lasting value and can be appreciated in their own right. They teach us about the past and the cultures of those who came before us. They provide us with a context for community identity and provides evidence of the continuity between the past, present and future.

Heritage can be easily damaged or destroyed and the resulting loss of values are usually irretrievable. Heritage needs to be considered during the development and redevelopment of sites and areas. This is your opportunity to tell us what heritage values and sites you think should be protected.

Pin your valued heritage sites here and share your thoughts around heritage protection here.

Reserves and Open Spaces

Reserves and open spaces have multiple purposes. These include a contribution towards the maintenance of cultural and heritage values, recreation, environmental and scenic qualities, public access, stormwater management, restoration opportunities for biodiversity and they provide open spaces.

The District is growing, and this will put more pressure on the use of reserves and open space. Development, improvement and protection of the reserve and open space network is important.

Pin your favourite reserves and open spaces here and share your thoughts for each here.

Cycling and walking bridge on the Great Taste Trail in Motueka, biker visible at the far side of the bridge

Amenity landscapes

There are currently four special areas known as amenity landscapes protected in Tasman’s resource management plans.

  • The coastal environment area
  • St Arnaud and Tākaka Hill landscape priority areas
  • Identified ridgelines
  • Rural landscapes
Mapping special places in our District can help to identify why they are important and what they are valued for. Click here to add special places to our map.
Steam boated moored at the Lake Rotoiti wharf during the 2016 Antique & Classic boat show

Protected Trees

There are currently 575 protected trees throughout the Tasman District.

The protection of special trees valued by the community is important because they contribute to the attractiveness of our environment and can have historic and/or botanical significance. Trees are often highly valued as local landmarks or living monuments. Protected trees are valued both in urban and in rural areas, and a level of protection for many trees is essential as they are long lived and cannot be replaced within human timescales.

If you know of special trees that may warrant protection pin them on the map. Share any history you know about the tree, including what it means to you here.

Outstanding Natural Landscapes and Outstanding Natural Features

Outstanding natural landscapes and features are required to be protected under the Resource Management Act. This will provide extra protection for these extraordinary places. The District’s outstanding natural landscapes and features are in the final stages of being identified and mapped. This has involved discussions with local iwi. Landowners will be contacted with information about what it means for them as part of this process.

Small islands just off Wharariki beach

There are other ways that land is protected in Tasman, including the vast amount of land that is covered by DOC estate.