Have your say on an application by Hokitika Airport Limited for a lease/easement concession for the construction and use of heliport facility at Fox Glacier. Submissions close 1 August 2018.

This application is notified under section 17SC of the Conservation Act 1987. The Minister of Conservation has received an application for a lease/easement concession for a term of 20 years.

Application details


Hokitika Airport Limited

Location of proposed activity

Conservation Area – Fox River, approximately 1.3 km south of Fox Glacier township adjacent to State Highway 6.

Map reference

Between approximate map references NZTM: 1358129.5182103, NZTM: 1357960.5181971, NZTM: 1357926.5182152 and NZTM: 1358098.5181935

Concession applied for

A lease/easement for construction and secured use of the heliport structures and access.

Summary of proposal

The proposed activity is to use the land to construct and use a heliport facility. The activity would be undertaken in two separate stages – Stage 1 and Stage 2.  Stage 1 would be carried out first and Stage 2 in the future.

Stage 1 – the structures that would form part of stage 1 are:

  • access and roading
  • gravel helipads (four)
  • gravel walking routes to the helipads
  • fences
  • a park and ride area (where busses/vehicles would park)
  • shelters (two)
  • fuel site.

Stage 2 – the structures that would form part of stage 2 are:

  • gravel helipads (10)
  • gravel walking routes to the helipads
  • fences
  • roading (minimal).

Access to the site would be via State Highway 6.

A maximum of 40 flights per day per helipad would be proposed. 

How to submit

Any person or organisation may make a submission in writing to the Director-General on the proposal. The submission must be made on a submission form – download a copy or get one from the Tauranga District Office. 

Comment submission form (Word, 236K)

Department of Conservation
Private Bag 701
Hokitika 7842

Attention: Chari Taylor, Statutory Support Officer 


Submissions close on Wednesday 1 August 2018 at 5 pm. Once submitted, submitters' information is subject to the Official Information Act 1982 and may be released under that Act. If you wish to keep any part of your submission confidential, you need to state this in writing when making your submission.

Any person or organisation wishing to be heard in support of his/her submission, must request (within that submission) an opportunity to appear before the Director-General.

DOC comment regarding publicly notified applications

The Minister of Conservation has made no determination regarding the suitability of this proposed concession on public conservation land. This public notification should not be interpreted as an intention on the part of the Minister of Conservation to grant the proposed concession.  

Hearing details

Date: Friday 17 August 2018
Time: 10 am
Venue:  Order of St John Hokitika, 134 Stafford St, Hokitika


When a decision on the application is made it will be posted on this page.  

Application documents

Submissions received

Submissions on the application (PDF, 2,043K)

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