Water races

The Council operates a water race network supplying stockwater to farmers on land between the Ashley (Rakahuri) and the Waimakariri Rivers, and east of Burnt Hill and Oxford and west of Rangiora and Eyreton.

The stock water network is a system of approximately 758kms of open races that run through the District, servicing about 1,670 properties to provide water to stock.

The race network has its main intake point at Brown Rock on the Waimakariri River.

The Stockwater Race Bylaw 2019 details the rules to protect the water race network.

Stockwater Levels of Service

Maintenance of part of the Council's water race network is contracted out to Waimakariri Irrigation Ltd, on behalf of Council. Maintenance of races on private property is the responsibility of the property owner.

Call us on 0800 965 468 if the water race on your property is part of this network or if you are responsible for its maintenance.

Water from a stock water race may be used by landowners for:

  • Stock water
  • Domestic irrigation (only with Council approval)

But not for:

  • Irrigation other than domestic irrigation
  • Any use that would lead to the contamination of the water by either chemicals, nutrients or any backflow from irrigation equipment.

Find out more about stock water races on the Stock Water Race Fact Sheet.