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.
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).
DOC will not be holding the planned public hearings scheduled for March and April 2019.
View the plan
Maps in the draft Plan
Download maps as individual files:
- Map 1: Overview (PDF, 1,919K)
- Map 2: World Heritage Area and Dark Sky Reserve (PDF, 1,652K)
- Map 3: Ecosystem priorities (PDF, 1,289K)
- Map 4: Visitor management zones (PDF, 780)
- Map 4 (additional): Visitor management zone topographical map (PDF, 36,958K)
- Map 4.1: Visitor management zones - detail (PDF, 1,252K)
- Map 4.1 (additional): Visitor management zones topographical map detail (PDF, 24,879K)
- Map 5: Desired tranquillity outcomes (PDF, 857K)
- Map 5 (additional): Desired tranquillity outcomes topograpical detail (PDF, 34,321K)
- Map 6: Potential additions to the Park (PDF, 1,526K)
- Map 6 (additional): Potential additions topograpical detail (PDF, 43,145K)
- Map 7: Aircraft access zones (PDF, 1,189)
- Map 7 (additional): Aircraft access zones topographical detail (PDF, 37,758K)
- Map 7.1: Heliski landing zones (PDF, 1,224K)
- Map 7.1 (additional): Heliski landing zones topograpical detail (PDF 37,743K)
- Map 8: Places overview (PDF, 1,096K)
- Map 9: Nohoaka Place (PDF, 1,109K)
- Map 10: Aircraft landing zones - Nohoaka Place (PDF, 605K)
- Map 11: Village and front country spatial plan (PDF, 3,943K)
- Map 12: Village zoning plan (PDF, 1,016K)
- Map 13: Village flood vulnerability (PDF, 944K)
- Map 14: Aroarokaehe Place (PDF, 1,396K)
- Map 15: Aircraft landing zones – Aroarokaehe Place (PDF, 874K)
- Map 15 (additional): Aircraft landing zones – Aroarokaehe Place topographical detail (PDF, 58, 278K)
- Map 16: Haupapa Place (PDF, 1,525K)
- Map 17: Aircraft landing zones - Haupapa Place (PDF, 988K)
- Map 17 (additional): Aircraft landing zones – Haupapa Place topograpical detail (PDF, 53,122K)
- Map 18: Pae Tata Place (PDF, 859K)
- Map 19: Aircraft landing zones - Pae Tata Place (PDF, 944K)
- Map 19 (additional): aircraft landing zones – Pae Tata Place topograpical detail (PDF, 26,655K)
- Map 20: Pae Tawhiti Place (PDF, 1,218K)
- Map 21: Aircraft landing zones - Pae Tawhiti Place (PDF, 888K)
Hard copies of the plan can be inspected during working hours between 9 am and 4:30 pm at:
- Mt Cook National Park Visitor Centre
- Conservation House, Wellington
- Wellington Visitor Centre
- Hokitika office
- Westland Tai Poutini National Park Visitor Centre, Franz Josef
- Fox Glacier (limited opening hours)
- Haast Visitor Centre
- Mount Aspiring National Park Visitor Centre, Wanaka
- Christchurch Visitor Centre
- Twizel office
- Queenstown Visitor Centre
- Geraldine office
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.
Further background information on the developed draft plan can be found here:
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