Introduction

Learn about the fees you might be charged during the life of your concession.

Highlights

Your fees depend on the type of concession you have.

Annual management fee

Your annual management fee will cover the time required by DOC to manage your concession. 

It is likely to be between $150 plus GST and $500 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. 

Monitoring fee

If DOC is required to monitor the effects of your activity we will charge you a monitoring fee to recover our costs. The fee will depend on what your activity is and how much work is required by DOC staff. 

Activity fees

See the information below for the minimum fees relevant to your concession. Occasionally the fees charged will vary depending on the circumstances of your activity. 

If the activity fees for your concession are not covered below your fee will be based on a percentage of your revenue. See percentage of revenue activity fee for more information. 

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.

Aircraft

The indicative fees for commercial flights taking off or landing on public conservation land are below. These fees are all charged per person. 

  • Single drop off or pick up – $17
  • Single glacier landing – $22
  • Shuttle service – $26 per day
  • Drop off / pick up at multiple sites – $31 per day
  • Drop off / pick up at multiples sites including glacier – $36 per day
  • Heli-skiing – $38 per day
  • Hovering – equates to a landing and will be charged as above. 

These fees do not apply to non-commercial operators. Where loads are being delivered without passengers the fee will be single drop off or pick up fee times the maximum seating capacity of the aircraft used. 

The fees for commercial aircraft movements are increasing. This increase has been staggered to assist operators to help manage the impact. See 2018/19 aircraft activity fees for more information.

Beehive placement 

To host beehives on public conservation land there is a base rental fee of $30 per hive, per annum. 

Hives where there is Manuka honey production attract a $75 per hive fee per annum. Alternatively the operator may choose to pay $10 per hive, per annum plus 10% of the annual revenue from those hives (if DOC is able to remotely monitor hive production). 

Easements

Access/easement activity fees will generally be applied as set out below.

Minor easements (non-commercial, low impact)

Access

  • Foot $360 pa
  • Livestock Bridge $360 pa
  • Cycle $360 pa
  • Vehicle $480 pa

Pipeline

  • Storm water/sewer $360 pa
  • Water pipes $360 pa

Power

  • Underground cable $300 pa
  • Fiber optic cable $360 pa

Commercial easements

Access

  • Foot $900 - $1,500 pa
  • Livestock Bridge $900 - $1,500 pa
  • Cycle $900 - $1,500 pa
  • Vehicle $1,200 - $1,800 pa

Pipeline

  • Storm water/sewer $900 - $1,500 pa
  • Water pipes $900 - $1,500 pa

Power

  • Underground cable $600 - $1,500 pa
  • Fiber optic cable – single activity $600 - $1,200 pa
  • Fiber optic cable – part of Network:
    • Base fee $1,500 - $1,800 pa
    • Per meter charge $2.70 pa

Note: fees charged may vary for significant commercial easements.

Grazing 

Where the total grazing activity fee is expected to be greater than $17,000 pa, your fees will be generally be 7.5% of gross annual revenue. An independent valuation will be required. The grazing activity fees for the second and third year(s) of your concession will be increased by 2% annually. 

Where the total grazing activity fee is expected to be between $8,500 - $17,000, 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 

This includes guided hunting, guided walking and guided vehicle trips. 

For large operators this is generally 7.5% of gross revenue, but can vary. 

The fees for small operators (>$10,000 gross revenue) and events on DOC land are below. These fees are all charged per person. 

  • Trips less than 1 hour – $1
  • Trips 1-4 hours – $5
  • Trips longer than 4 hours (but not overnight) – $10
  • Overnight – $10 (each additional night costs an extra $10) 

Children between 5 – 17 years inclusive are charged 50% of the above fees. Children under 5 are free.

Note: These fees are currently under review.

Guided tours – cycling 

The fees for popular cycle tracks are listed below. These fees are all charged per person. 

  • Great Lake Trail – $10
  • Timber Trail – $10
  • West Coast Wilderness Trail – $5
  • Queenstown trails, Jacks Point and Lake Hayes – $1
  • Mountains to Sea – $10
  • Motu Trail (full trail) – $10
  • Motu Trail (less than 4 hours) – $5
  • Rimutaka Cycle Trail – $10
  • Te Ara Ahi – $1
  • Queen Charlotte Track – $10
  • St James Cycle Track – $10 

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 5 are free. 

Extraction 

The fee for gravel extraction from public conservation land is $1 per cubic metre on the West Coast of the South Island, and $2 per cubic metre for the rest of the country. The fee for any other type of extraction will be determined by DOC once you have submitted your application. 

Parking for commercial operators 

There is an annual activity fee of $350 per annum per concession / vehicle, and an annual management fee of $250. 

Note: Parking and transport at the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is an additional $2.50 per person transported on the entry or exit road; and a total of $3.50 per person transported on the entry and exit roads. 

Retail activities 

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. 

Sporting events 

The fees for events are the same as for guiding fees. 

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