This application was notified under section 17SC of the Conservation Act 1987. The Minister of Conservation has received an application for a lease and licence concession from Sky Play Adventures Limited and Tauhara North No. 2 Trust.
Applicant: Sky Play Adventures Limited and Tauhara North No. 2 Trust
Note: While these two entities are now co-applicants, at the time of public notification of the application, Sky Play Adventures Limited was the sole applicant of the application.
Location of proposed activity: Huka Falls Scenic Reserve, Taupō
Summary of proposal: Sky Play Adventures Limited and Tauhara North No. 2 Trust are applying to construct and operate a zip line, including the placement of three platforms/towers and 5 runs of wires on Huka Falls Scenic Reserve. The application is for a term of 30 years.
Application documents: Application (ZIP, 27,805K)
A total of 58 submissions were received in response to a request for concession. Of those, 51 supported granting the application, 6 opposed it and 1 submission remained neutral.
A hearing was requested and was held on 22 July 2020 from 9 am - 1 pm at Wairakei Resort, Taupo.
Audio files of submissions made at the hearing:
- Hearing introduction by Hearing Chair (MP3, 12,937K)
- Submission by Enterprise Great Lake Taupō (MP3, 6,079K)
- Submission by Te Kotahitanga o Ngāti Tūwharetoa (MP3, 26,663K)
- Submission by Maroa-nui-a-Tia Marae (MP3, 57,389K)
- Submission by Nukuhau Pā (MP3, 13,107K)
- Submission by Te Rangiita Marae (MP3, 29,076K)
- Submission by Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board (MP3, 7,759K)
- Submission by Ngati Tahu-Ngati Whaoa Rungaga Trust (MP3, 11,652K)
- Response by the Applicants (MP3, 20,753K)
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.
Associated resource consent process
Sky Play Adventures Limited and Tauhara North No. 2 Trust have also applied to the Taupō District Council (TDC) for a land-use consent associated with the proposal. The TDC application is being notified concurrently, however, this is an independent and separate process. You can get more information on the TDC consent application and submission process.
Karina Brennan Evans, Permissions Advisor