Fact Sheets and Key Documents

We have written some fact sheets on some key chapters of the Draft Plan. The fact sheets explain the key changes from the current plan. If you’d rather read the Draft District Plan, you can access it here.

On this page you will also find some key background documents that have shaped the Draft District Plan. There’s a range of other statutory and policy documents that have influenced the district plan including:

  • Resource Management Act 1991 and associated policy statements and national environmental standards
  • Te Ture Whaimana o Te Awa o Waikato – The Vision and Strategy for the Waikato River
  • Maniapoto Iwi Environmental Management Pan
  • Waikato Tainui Environmental Management Plan
  • Waikato Regional Policy Statement and the Horizons One Plan

If you have any queries or questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing [email protected] or call us on 07 878 0800.

You can view the fact sheets and some of the key supporting documents below:

Fact Sheets

The fact sheets provide an overview of different chapters of the Draft District Plan. Here’s a few examples of how to find what fact sheet to read:

  • If you live in the Residential Zone in Te Kūiti and are thinking about building a garage – then the Residential Fact Sheet is the one to read
  • So, you are thinking of subdividing? No matter what zone you live in the Subdivision Fact Sheet is the one to read

Here are the Fact Sheets:


General Rural Zone (PDF 673 KB)

Residential Zone (PDF 860 KB)

Settlement Zone (PDF 518 KB)

Tourism Zone (PDF 595 KB)

Rural Production Zone (PDF 699 KB)

Rural Lifestyle Zone (PDF 719 KB)

Commercial Zone (PDF 251 KB)

Industrial Zone (PDF 474 KB)

Future Urban Zone (PDF 347 KB)

Māori Purpose Zone (PDF 765 KB)


Railway Cottage Cluster Precinct - PREC1 (PDF 323 KB)

Aerodrome Precinct - PREC3 (PDF 671 KB)

Mokau Commercial Precinct - PREC4 (PDF 1.32 MB)

Te Kūiti CBD Precinct - PREC5 (PDF 636 KB)

Amenity Precinct - PREC6 (PDF 198 KB)

Te Maika Precinct - PREC7 (PDF 277 KB)


Heritage Buildings and Structures (PDF 399 KB)

Archaeological Sites (PDF 597 KB)

SASM and Wāhi Tapu Sites (PDF 850 KB)

Cultural Alert layer (PDF 176 KB)

Significant Natural Areas (PDF 331 KB)

Coastal Environment (PDF 423 KB)

Managing Coastal Hazards - Kinohaku & Te Maika (PDF 340 KB)

Managing Coastal Hazards - Mokau, Awakino, Marokopa & Te Waitere (PDF 492 KB)

Managing Flooding Hazards - Kiritehere & Waikawau (PDF 286 KB)

Rural Building Platform Suitability - Waitomo Caves (PDF 306 KB)

Building Platform Suitability - Piopio (PDF 758 KB)

Building Platform Suitability - Te Kūiti (PDF 712 KB)

Outstanding Natural Landscapes (PDF 525 KB)

Outstanding Natural Features (PDF 673 KB)

Landscapes of High Amenity Value (PDF 853 KB)

Karst Overlay (PDF 533 KB)

Indicative Rural Production Areas (PDF 548 KB)


Subdivision (PDF 904 KB)

Waitomo District Comprehensive Reserve Management Plan (PDF 520 KB)

Town Concept Plans

Town Concept Plans have been prepared for:  Maniaiti/Benneydale, Mokau, Piopio, Te Kūiti, and Waitomo Caves Village. The plans were developed with each community and outline key Moves for each town and Actions and Priorities for implementation. The MAP for each town identifies how the actions will be implemented, some of which are through the Draft District Plan.

Here are the Town Concept Plans:

Maniaiti / Benneydale Town Concept Plan (PDF 3.42 MB)

Mokau Town Concept Plan (PDF 4.3 MB) 

Piopio Town Concept Plan (PDF 4.81 MB)

Te Kūiti Town Concept Plan (PDF 8.88 MB) 

Waitomo Caves Village Town Concept Plan (PDF 3.94 MB) 

Natural Hazards

Managing the significant risks from natural hazards is a matter of national importance under the Resource Management Act 1991. The main natural hazards Waitomo District is at risk from are coastal erosion and coastal flooding, river flooding and landslip.

Over the past couple of years, the Council has been working with coastal communities to explain the risk and discuss strategies to help coastal communities adapt to existing risk and future possible risk. 

The research report developed out of this work can be read here (PDF 6.21 MB):

As part of developing the PDP the Waikato Regional Council has updated the flood modelling in different areas of the district. With new information and the addition of climate change to the modelling new areas are now identified. The Council has also engaged Tonkin and Taylor to review and update the landslide work that is in the current district plan. The new landslide work will mean some properties are now identified and others are not. It is a good idea to also read the natural hazards fact sheets and the chapter on natural hazards in the Draft DP (PDF 348 KB). The research reports developed out of this work can be read here:

Flood Modelling Report (December 2019) (PDF 6.01 MB)

Landslide susceptibility report - Phase 1 (Sept 2019) (PDF 4.82 MB)

Landslide susceptibility report - Phase 2 (Feb 2020)


A district wide landscape assessment of our District has been undertaken for the Council by Bridget Gilbert. Working with the requirements of the Resource Management Act 1991, the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement and the Regional Policy Statements, new areas of landscape have been identified. The landscapes are divided into different categories with the most special being identified as Outstanding Natural Landscapes. Each identified landscape is explained in;

It is a good idea to read the Landscape and Coastal Environment fact sheets as well as the relevant chapters of the Draft DP. You can read the landscape assessment report here - To be added soon:

Outstanding Natural Features

The protection of outstanding natural features from inappropriate subdivision, use and development is a matter of national importance. The karst landforms within our district mean we have some unique and very special features. In some cases, these features are very fragile and nationally or internationally significant. The natural features of our District have been assessed, categorised and reviewed by a panel of experts co-ordinated by Dr Bruce Hayward. This work has resulted in 76 sites or features being identified.  The features are listed and categorised in Schedule 8 (PDF 367 KB). It is also a good idea to read the Outstanding Natural Features fact sheet (PDF 673 KB) as well as the Natural Features and Landscape chapter (PDF 621 KB) of the Draft DP.  You can read the outstanding natural features methodology report here (PDF 1.43 MB):

Coastal Environment

Looking after the natural character of our coastal environment is a matter of national importance.  It is important we get it right.  In the Waikato work has been undertaken by Waikato Regional Council to define where the coastal environment is.  We have incorporated this work into the Draft Waitomo District Plan.  The background consultant report on the Waikato Regional Council website can be accessed here:    

Waikato Natural Character Study WRC

Reserve Management Plan

A Reserve Management Plan (RMP) provides direction for the day-to-day management of reserves and establishes clear direction for future management, and it identifies which reserves will / could have playgrounds on them, reserves for sports and other activities such as markets and things like that. 

Council is required under section 41 of the Reserves Act 1977 as an “administering body” to prepare RMPs for any reserves under its control, management or administration (please note this RMP does not apply to reserves owned or managed by the Department of Conservation or any other government body). The RMP will ensure cohesion between the district plan rules for the open space and natural open space zones.

Council has identified all land in the district that is gazetted as a reserve and that Council is responsible for managing. Many of these reserves do not have a name that is published in the New Zealand Gazette Notice, so Council officers have tried to include a road name as a reference point for unnamed reserves. There will be an opportunity to comment on the names of the reserves during the submission process.  

It is unlikely that the RMP will have a significant impact on existing activities on reserves. The purpose of the RMP is to provide policy guidance and a rule framework for the management of activities on reserves. You can read the Reserve Management Plan here (PDF 1.28 MB):