Ongoing concession fees
IntroductionLearn about the fees you might be charged during the life of your concession.
Your fees depend on the type of concession you have.
As well as ongoing concession fees, you will pay a processing fee for your application. This fee can vary depending on the complexity of the application and whether it needs to be notified or not.
These are the minimum rates for processing fees:
- Concessions – non-notified- $2065 plus GST
- Concessions – complex non-notified-$2565 plus GST
- Concessions – notified $3425 plus GST
- Wildlife authorities- cost is dependent on processing time and charge out rate
- Research and Collection-cost is dependent on processing time and charge out rate
- Minimum impact activity (Crown Minerals Act) - $500-$850 plus GST
- Access Arrangements (prospecting, exploration and mining)-low impact-$2150 plus GST
- Access Arrangements (prospecting, exploration and mining)-medium impact-$3000-$30000 plus GST
- Access Arrangements (prospecting, exploration and mining)-high impact-$50000-$100000 plus GST
Public notification costs
If your proposed activity has to be notified to the public because there are likely to be significant environmental effects over the duration of your activity your fee will include the cost of public notification and hearings.
The fee for notification is at least $3,425. Costs can be higher dependent on:
- whether the application needs to be advertised in a local newspaper or the 4 daily newspapers published in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin
- the number of submissions received
- if hearings are required
- if further staff time needs to be covered
We will provide an estimate of the likely cost when your application is received.
Your annual management fee will cover the time required by DOC to manage your concession.
It is likely to be between $150.00 plus GST and $500.00 plus GST depending on the level of ongoing management that your concession requires. This includes collecting activity fees, invoicing for rates and administering rent reviews.
DOC performs monitoring of issued concessions. Monitoring includes both the effects and contract compliance of the concession activity. The extent and frequency of monitoring depends on your specific concession.
A monitoring fee recovers the associated costs including staff time and mileage. In some circumstances a fixed annual rate may be charged. This is an Annual Environmental Monitoring Fee.
See the information below for the minimum fees that apply to your concession. Occasionally the fees will vary depending on the circumstances of your activity.
Some activity fees are calculated using a percentage of revenue fee. See more on How we calculate a percentage of revenue activity fee.
You can enquire how much your fees are likely to be in your pre-application discussion. The actual amount will be determined by DOC once you have submitted your application.
Your fees will be reviewed every three years. After we complete your fee review if you do not agree with our assessment, your concession agreement will tell you the process to follow. You'll also need to use a rental review reconsideration form:
Activities listed below:
- Beehive placement
- Non-commercial easements
- Minor commercial easements
- Commercial easements
- Guiding tours - cycling
- Parking for commercial operators
- Retail activities
- Sporting events
- Telecommunications facilities
- Watercraft activities
Accommodation activity fees are typically charged as a percentage of revenue or on a land value percentage where no revenue is generated.
Note: baches on public conservation land have a minimum activity fee of $2,000.00 per annum.
The indicative fees for commercial flights taking off or landing on public conservation land are below. These fees are all charged per person. Where loads are being delivered without passengers the fee will be single drop-off or pick-up fee multiplied by the maximum seating capacity of the aircraft used.
These fees do not apply to non-commercial operators. If you are using a private aircraft for recreational use the activity fees are waived and the management fees are discounted by 50%.
- Single drop or pick-up – $22 + GST
- Single glacier landing – $28 + GST
- Shuttle service – $33 per person within a two-week period + GST
- Multiple sites – $40 per day + GST
- Multiple sites including glacier – $46 per day + GST
- Heli-skiing – $50 per day + GST
- Hovering – equates to a landing and will be charged as above
To host beehives on public conservation land there is a base rental fee of $30.00 + GST per hive, per annum.
Hives where there is Manuka honey production attract a $75.00 + GST per hive fee per annum. Alternatively the operator may choose to pay $10.00 + GST per hive, per annum plus 10% of the annual revenue from those hives (if DOC is able to remotely monitor hive production).
Access/easement activity fees will generally be applied as set out below.
Where an easement services more than one lot, the fee will be calculated by multiplying the relevant easement fee by the number of lots or beneficiaries that the easement serves.
The easement fee will depend on both the nature of the activity (ie access, water pipe, powerline) and which category the applicant or beneficiary falls into (ie non-commercial, minor commercial or commercial).
Example: An easement application is received for water pipelines servicing 20 beneficiaries/lots of land. Ten of the beneficiaries are classified as minor-commercial, seven are commercial and three are non-commercial. The pricing will be as follows:
- 10 x minor commercial water pipeline fee ($1,000.00 + GST) + 7 x commercial water pipe fee ($1,665.00 + GST) + 3 x non-commercial water pipe fee ($400.00 + GST).
- Foot $400.00 + GST pa
- Livestock Bridge $400.00 + GST pa
- Cycle $400.00 + GST pa
- Vehicle $530.00 + GST pa
- Storm water/sewer $400.00 + GST pa
- Water pipes $400.00 + GST pa
- Underground and overhead cable $335.00 + GST pa
- Fibre optic cable $400.00 + GST pa
Minor Commercial easements are generally small but support a commercial activity.
- Foot $1,000.00 + GST pa
- Livestock Bridge $1,000.00 + GST pa
- Cycle $1,000.00 + GST pa
- Vehicle $1,330.00 + GST pa
- Storm water/sewer $1,000.00 + GST pa
- Water pipes $1,000.00 + GST pa
- Underground and overhead cable $665.00 + GST pa
- Fibre optic cable $665.00 + GST pa
Commercial easements support larger scale commercial activity. When assessing the fee, how often the easement is used should not be a consideration.
If a valuation is not required use the fees below.
- Foot $1,665.00 + GST pa
- Livestock Bridge $1,665.00 + GST pa
- Cycle $1,665.00 + GST pa
- Vehicle $1,995.00 + GST pa
- Storm water/sewer $1,665.00 + GST pa
- Water pipes $1,665.00 + GST pa
- Underground and overhead cable $1,665.00 + GST pa
- Fiber optic cable – single activity $1,330.00 + GST pa
Fiber optic cable – part of Network:
- Base fee $1,995.00 + GST pa
- $3.00 per meter charge + GST pa
Fees charged may vary for significant commercial easements.
Note: easement activity fees will be adjusted annually to account for consumer price index (CPI, or inflation) increases.
Where the total grazing activity fee is expected to be greater than $17,000.00 + GST pa an independent valuation will be required.
Where the total grazing activity fee is expected to be between $8,500.00 - $17,000.00 + GST, there a number of options on which your fee may be based, including:
- value of the land
- anticipated value of the crops being planted
- number of stock/ value of stock being grazed.
Your fee will depend on a number of factors such as whether a land valuation is available and/or whether you plan to grow crops.
Guiding includes but is not limited to:
- Guided walks
- Guided vehicle trips, both motorised and non-motorised, except cycling tours on named trails. Refer to Guided tours - cycling.
Transport operations, such as shuttles and boat/water taxis, are priced separately.
Different fee structures apply, depending on the scale of operations:
- For large operators (DOC fee is greater than $10,000 + GST pa) or operators with a high daily ticket price (benchmarked at a price to consumers of $350/day GST included or more), a percentage based fee is applied.
This is generally 7.5% of gross revenue, but can vary depending on market factors and the proportion of activity on public conservation land.
- For other operators, a standard per-person fee is applied.
Standard per-person fees
The standard per-person fees are set out in the table below. These fees are currently being updated, with a phase in period to allow concessionaires to adapt as needed.
|Length of guiding activity||2023||2024||2025||GST|
|One hour or less||$1.00||$1.50||$2.00||plus GST|
|More than 1 hour but no more than 4 hours||$5.00||$6.25||$7.50||plus GST|
|More than 4 hours but no more than a calendar day||$10.00||$12.50||$15.00||plus GST|
These fee periods will apply for the first ‘activity return’ period starting during that year. If your activity return is based on a year end 31 March, the 2024 fees will apply from 1 April 2024 onwards.
Activity return periods are set out in your contract and relates to the period where you provide usage information to DOC.
Fees are based on the amount of time guiding takes place on public conservation land during a calendar day (the 24-hour period from 12:00am to 11:59pm).
Example: A guide brings a group of walkers onto public conservation land at 4 pm on Saturday and off the land at 10 am on Sunday. The $10.00 + GST rate (for a trip more than 4 hours) would be charged twice per person – once for the Saturday and once for the Sunday.
Children between 5–17 years inclusive are charged 50% of the above fees, if the ticket price is reduced for children by the operator. Children under five are free.
The fees for popular cycle tracks are listed below. These fees are all charged per person.
- Great Lake Trail – $10.00 + GST
- Timber Trail – $10.00 + GST
- West Coast Wilderness Trail – $5.00 + GST
- Queenstown trails, Jacks Point and Lake Hayes – $1.00 + GST
- Mountains to Sea – $10.00 + GST
- Motu Trail (full trail) – $10 .00 + GST
- Motu Trail (less than 4 hours) – $5.00 + GST
- Rimutaka Cycle Trail – $10.00 + GST
- Te Ara Ahi – $1.00 + GST
- Queen Charlotte Track – $10.00 + GST
- St James Cycle Track – $10.00 + GST
For trails not listed above refer to the standard guiding fees.
Children between 5–17 years inclusive are charged 50% of the above fees. Children under five are free.
Gravel extraction fees
Extraction fees are comprised of two components:
1. A fee for the right to access public conservation land to carry out extractions
- This fee is the same as the easement fee for commercial operators using a vehicle for access: $1,995.00 pa plus GST.
2. A fee per cubic metre of gravel extracted, the price varies based on the location of extraction:
- For 'normal' rock/gravel extraction on the West Coast of the South Island: $1.00 per cubic metre plus GST.
- For 'normal' rock/gravel extraction outside the West Coast of the South Island: $2.00 per cubic metre plus GST.
If the site has a gravel processing facility to crush and grade gravel, a fee assessment is undertaken to determine the fee.
Gravel storage/stockpiling fees
The fee for storing gravel depends on the area of land required:
|1 to 1,000 m2||$0.65m||per m2||plus GST|
|1,001 to 4,000 m2||$0.55/m2||per m2||plus GST|
|4,001 to 6,000 m2||$0.50/m2||per m2||plus GST|
|6,000 to 10,000 m2||$0.44/m2||per m2||plus GST|
|10,000 m2 +||$0.44/m2||per m2||plus GST|
The same fee structure as above applies. However the cubic metre fee differs:
- For landscaping and decorative rock (ie schist), $6.50 per cubic metre plus GST.
There is an annual activity fee of $1,050.00 + GST per annum per concession/vehicle, and an annual management fee of $250.00 + GST.
Transportation activity fees apply to shuttle or car relocation services. Shuttle services are provided when persons are transported to and from a trail end by a company. Car relocation services relocate private cars from one end of the trail to another. Both activities have different fees.
Activity fee pricing for transportation services
|Per vehicle, per trip (ie per relocation)||$7.00 + GST per vehicle|
|Per person to one road end||$2.50 + GST per person|
|Per person to/from both road ends||$3.50 + GST per person|
Special fees apply to transportation services for the Tongariro Alpine Crossing:
- Crown activity fee: $4.10 plus GST per person transported
- Community service/contribution fee: $3.00 plus GST per person transported
These charges are consistently applied for all persons transported, regardless of if an operator is transporting a person to one or both road ends.
If revenue is known the fee is 7% of gross annual revenue (as confirmed in the annual report).
If revenue is not known, the fee is 6% of the property value plus GST.
The fees for events are the same as for guiding fees.
There are two standard rental rates:
- Rental Rate 1 (the lessee provided normal access and power easements)
- Rental Rate 2 (DOC provided access and power).
Rates are further categorised according to the size of the facility.
The rental rates are:
|Facility size||Rental Rate 1||Rental Rate 2|
|Small 1||$3,270.00 + GST||$3,760.00 + GST|
|Small 2||$6,545.00 + GST||$7,520.00 + GST|
|Medium 1||$11,450.00 + GST||$13,165.00 + GST|
|Medium 2||$14,175.00 + GST||$16,300.00 + GST|
|Large 1||$19,625.00 + GST||$22,570.00 + GST|
|Large 2||$27,255.00 + GST||$31,345.00 + GST|
An environmental premium may also apply in specific areas, for example, national parks.
For assistance in assessing the size of your facility and the rental rate that will apply, contact your local DOC office.
Note: telecommunication facility activity fees will be adjusted annually to account for consumer price index (CPI, or inflation) increases.
The fees for watercraft activities are the same as for guiding fees.