Find out about how we manage Crown-owned land in the residential red zones, and about accessing and using these properties.

We manage Crown-owned properties while preserving options for future use and to support the regeneration of greater Christchurch.

This involves carrying out work on a day-to-day basis, including security patrols, maintaining vegetation, managing weeds and pests, and removing rubbish. 

We also pay the rates for these properties, and are responsible for any third party property interests like shared driveways or easements.

Our priorities are to:

  • Manage hazards to prevent harm
  • Maintain amenity and ecological values
  • Work collaboratively with local authorities and stakeholders
  • Manage and maintain improvements and property rights
  • Manage access and interim land use
  • Remove built structures and apply interim land treatment.

Please contact us if you have any concerns about the security or maintenance of a Crown-owned property in the residential red zone.

You can email redzoneinfo@linz.govt.nz or call us on 0800 665 463.

Accessing and using residential red zone land

You can apply to access or temporarily use Crown-owned residential red zone land  in the flat land, where all works have been completed. 

When considering these applications, we need to be satisfied that the activity:

  • is consistent with our land maintenance requirements  and objectives;
  • does not endanger the public, or cause an undue nuisance to neighbours;
  • does not unduly damage the land, environment or other assets;
  • complies with legal or regulatory requirements.

To apply, email redzoneinfo@linz.govt.nz or call us on 0800 665 463.

Operating drones over the residential red zone

You can apply for permission to operate a drone over Crown-owned land in the residential red zone. 

We consider these applications on a case-by-case basis, and assess applications in conjunction with Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) rules on operating drones.

To apply, email redzoneinfo@linz.govt.nz or call us on 0800 665 463.

Find out more about the CAA rules on their website

Temporary vehicle access restrictions

The Christchurch City Council have temporarily closed or restricted vehicle access to some damaged and largely unused roads in the flat land residential red zone. This is for health and safety reasons, to reduce maintenance costs for ratepayers, and to deter illegal dumping and access in uninhabited red zone areas.

Last Updated: 20 February 2018