Have your say on an application by Okere Adventures Limited to lease Okere Falls for the construction and use of a zipline. Submissions closed 18 September 2019.

Okere Adventures zipline concession application approved

On 1 March 2021 the Department approved the concession application for Okere Adventures Limited to construct and operate a zipline within the Okere Falls Scenic Reserve (‘the Reserve’).

The concession offer was counter-signed by the Applicant two days following and is now active.

The approved concession document authorises the construction of 3 ziplines within the Reserve. The other proposed zipline (labelled 3 on the map) is situated on adjacent private lane.

Map showing locations of the zipline (PDF, 319K)

A dotted line going through the treetops shows where the zipline will be placed.Copyright: DOC use only

High resolution version of example 1 (JPG, 1,054K)

A dotted line going through the treetops shows where the zipline will be placed.Copyright: DOC use only

High resolution version of example 2 (JPG 750K)

If you have any follow up questions please email Please include the email title ‘Okere Adventures Limited Concession Approval’.

Public notification and submissions

The Department would like to thank all who engaged in the public notification process, both written and verbal submissions. If you’re interested in how the Department considered your submission, please see the Hearing Report.

Download the Hearing Report (PDF, 1,145K)

Submissions recieved

Public notification for this application closed on 18 September 2019.

A total of 46 submissions were received – 25 submissions opposed the application, 20 supported and 1 remained neutral.

Written submissions on Okere Adventures Limited concession application (ZIP, 6,900K)

A hearing was requested and held on 21 October 2019 in Rotorua, where 7 submitters spoke to their submissions. Following discussions, post the hearing, one submitter withdrew their opposition.

Original notification information

Application details

This application is notified under section 17SC of the Conservation Act 1987. The Minister of Conservation has received an application for a lease for a term of 10 years. 

Applicant: Okere Adventures Limited
Location of proposed activity: Okere Falls Scenic Reserve

Summary of proposal: The lease of part of Okere Falls Scenic Reserve to construct and use a seven stage zipline for a term of 10 years.

Application documents:

How to make a submission

Any person or organisation may make a submission in writing to the Director-General on the proposal. 

1. Prepare your submission

Tell us what you think using the submission form (DOC, 239K).

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, state this in writing when making your submission.

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

2. Send us your submission

Send your submission by post or email.


Private Bag 3072
Hamilton 3240
Attention: Brooke Cox, Permissions Advisor

Submissions closed 5 pm Wednesday 18 September 2019.

Hearing details

If a hearing is required, it is likely to occur during the week beginning 4 November 2019.

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