Public access to esplanade reserves
Esplanade reserves are parcels of land, vested in the local territorial authority, alongside some sections of river, lake and coastline. They can be any shape or size.
Esplanade reserve use must be compatible with conservation values. Public access is provided by default but may be prohibited.
Creation and administration
Esplanade reserves are created under the Resource Management Act 1991 when land is subdivided. They are usually set up as local purpose reserves under the Reserves Act 1977.
Esplanade reserves are generally owned and administered by the local territorial authority.
Erosion and accretion
Esplanade reserves do not move with the relevant water boundary. They are affected by erosion and accretion.