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Bay of Plenty Land

Our land is a non-renewable resource, therefore we need to protect it and use it wisely. It is also home to native wildlife and plants, so our land (their habitat) needs to be protected to ensure their survival, as we have already lost many species. We need to understand the land to use it a sustainable manner.

Aerial shot of land

Bay of Plenty land use

The land sweeps from Lottin Point in the east to Waihi Beach in the west. Inland the region is mostly bounded by the watersheds of the river catchments, which flow into the Bay of Plenty and includes the Rotorua Lakes. There are 12,247 square kilometres of land in the Bay of Plenty region, with the following land cover:

  • Indigenous forest - 47.3%
  • Exotic pasture - 23.8%
  • Production forests - 20.1%
  • Mixed scrub - 4.1%
  • Water - 1.8%
  • Horticulture - 1.0%
  • Urban areas - 0.8%
  • Bare ground - 0.5%
  • Coastal sand - 0.2%
  • Coastal wetlands - 0.2%
  • Urban open space - 0.1%
  • Inland wetlands - 0.1%
  • Cropping lands - 0.1%

For any policy information regarding land view our Regional Water and Land Plan and our Regional Policy Statement.