There are a number of tracks across New Zealand that are available for guided walking if certain conditions are followed. These are called ‘conforming’ tracks.

Find out what concession you will need and how to apply for one below.

Pre-application meeting

Applying for a concession for the first time can be a little tricky. To ensure your application goes smoothly we offer a free pre-application meeting. We’ll also help you contact the local iwi to assess whether your proposed activity will have any cultural effects.

Type of concession

If you plan to undertake guided walking on a conforming track you will need a:

  • Conforming concession – for guided walking on specific tracks only.

See conforming track schedules for a list of the tracks that are available for guided walking. To apply for activities or locations not listed in the conforming track schedules refer to land-based guided activities.

Apply for your concession

Delays in processing

We currently have a backlog of applications. We're working hard to prioritise older and urgent applications. If you have any concerns contact

We will invoice you once we have processed your application. The cost of your application will depend on the number of tracks you apply for. The standard fee is $400 plus GST ($460 including GST) for up to 10 tracks.

Another $115 plus GST ($132.25 including GST) is charged for every additional 10 tracks:

  • 1-20 tracks costs $515 plus GST
  • 21-30 tracks costs $630 plus GST.

Your application should be processed within 20 working days of receipt. The timeframe may be longer where iwi consultation is required. If your application is approved we will send you a contract which you must sign and return before proceeding with your activity

You will also be required to pay ongoing concession fees.

Application requirements

As part of your application you will need an independently audited safety plan.

You also need to read and understand the actual and potential effects of your proposal in the application form. These outline the rules to follow to ensure the environmental impact of your trip is minimal.

Conforming track schedules

Find out tracks that are available for guided walking in each region.

Contact us

For more information or assistance with your conforming concessions contact the nearest of these DOC offices.

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