Aoraki/Mount Cook

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DOC has paused the review of the draft National Park Management Plan for Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park.

On 4 February 2019 DOC agreed to pause work on progressing the reviews of both the Aoraki/Mount Cook and Westland Tai Poutini national park management plans.

The decision to pause the plan reviews comes at the request of Ngāi Tahu, so the implications of the recent Supreme Court’s decision relating to Ngāi Tai and how it may relate to the notified draft plans can be worked through.

View the media release on the decision to pause the processes.

Further updates on the timeframe to resume this review will be made as soon as the information is available.

Submissions on the draft plan have closed

The submission period for the draft plan closed on 4 February 2019.

View submissions on the draft plan

DOC received 889 submissions on the draft plan. View copies of all submissions

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To help you find any particular submission, see index of submitter names and numbers (XLSX, 32K).

Hearings postponed

DOC will not be holding the planned public hearings scheduled for March and April 2019. 

View the plan

Draft Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park Management Plan (PDF, 9,268K)

Maps in the draft Plan

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Hard copies of the plan can be inspected during working hours between 9 am and 4:30 pm at:

What to look for in the draft Aoraki/Mount Cook NPMP

The draft NPMP has been written in consultation with the Canterbury Aoraki Conservation Board and in partnership with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and kaitiaki rūnaka, and after consultation of key stakeholders and the public.  The rūnanga have taken this opportunity to share their values, relationship and aspiration for the Park. This has been done through cultural narratives, whakataukī (Ngāi Tahu proverbs), and design elements which have been used to identify and guide the Parts and sections within the NPMP.

The parts and sections of the NPMP are:

  • Part One:  Kei Te Pūtaki o Aoraki te Mana e Huna Ana [Whole-of-park management]

This part provides a vision for the Park, a partnership framework for achieving an enduring living Treaty partnership and objectives and policies for the overarching management of activities in the Park.

  • Part Two:  Whāia kā paeroa ka tae ki Aoraki [Places]

Five Places have been recognised within the Park based on commonality of landscapes, ecosystems, values, uses and management issues. For each Place the key values and management considerations are identified, together with planned outcomes to be achieve over the life of the plan. Policies and milestones set out the actions and key steps to achieve the outcomes. 

  • Part Three:  Aoraki Whakaoka Raki

Policies for implementation, monitoring and reporting.

In the last 10 years, the Park has experienced significant increases in the number of New Zealanders and international visitors coming to the Park and changing expectations of those people for the use of the Park facilities. The Nohoaka Place (Village and front country area) has been subject to the greatest increases in visitors as it is the focus for the majority of day visitors. The Department is seeking feedback from the public about the proposed approach to managing the Place. Discussion boxes in the NPMP provide additional information about a proposed Spatial Plan and Village management, to be read alongside the outcomes, policies and milestones.

More information

Further background information on the developed draft plan can be found here:


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