Riparian planting


Grass buffer strips in the fenced riparian zone can be very effective at filtering contaminants in paddock run-off. However, planted riparian margins can also have other benefits such as:

  • Cooling the water to provide better habitat for aquatic species;
  • Providing corridors linking habitat for native species;
  • Providing shade and shelter for stock;
  • Making stock management easier; and
  • Improving the attractiveness of your property.

For help planning what to plant where, contact one of our land management advisors or check out our 'Clean Streams - guide to riparian management' and 'Northland natives guide' publications in our resource library and the DairyNZ riparian planting guide at

Weed control

In the absence of stock grazing there is the potential for weeds to get established within the fenced riparian margin, especially if there's very little ground cover. A regular weed control programme is recommended, which council staff can provide advice on.

Check out our weed control information in the Pest Control Hub.

Pest animal control

Undisturbed riparian areas can also become havens for pest animals, such as stoats, weasels, rats, wild cats and hedgehogs. These can be trapped or poisoned. Joining or establishing a Landcare group in your area can provide useful support for managing pests.

Find our pest animal information in the Pest Control Hub or contact the council's biosecurity team for more advice on pest control.

Contact a land management advisor

For more information, contact a land management advisor on 0800 002 004 or email  One of our land management team can visit your property and offer free advice on funding and sustainable land management actions that could improve water quality on your property.

Riparian fencing and plantings.