The Wanaka and Queenstown communities are being asked for their views on how land and water should be managed.

The Otago Regional Council (ORC) is leading the Upper Lakes consultation as it prepares a new Land and Water Regional Plan over the next two years.

Iwi will also be included in the planning.

Councillors and staff will visit Wanaka and Queenstown over the next month.

Dunstan Ward councillor Gary Kelliher said community input was vital.

The plan had to address community concerns about preserving water quality in the Upper Lakes, he said.

“The community’s goals and preferences for local waterways, combined with the science ORC has collected and input from iwi, will guide how ORC proposes to manage land and freshwater in the Upper Lakes rohe (area).

The Upper Lakes area covers lakes of Wakatipu, Wanaka and Hawea , from their tributaries to their outlets.

Catchments included six big rivers: the Greenstone, Dart, Rees, Makarora, Matukituki and Hunter rivers.

Smaller tributaries included Bullock Creek, Minaret Burn, Timaru River and the Von and Locky Rivers.

There will be iwi and staff presentations during the public meetings and feedback will be given in discussion groups.

People could also drop-in to talk to ORC staff and councillors from 11am and have their say afterwards on the ORC website, Cr Kelliher said.

Meet: November 18, Lake Wanaka Centre; November 17, Queenstown Events Centre. Drop in 11am, meetings and discussion 12.30pm-2pm or 7pm-8.30pm.