Have your say on an application by The Portage Hotel for a lease and licence at the Sounds Foreshore Reserve. Submissions closed 25 March 2022.

Submissions closed.

This application is notified under section 17SC of the Conservation Act 1987. This activity was previously authorised under a Sounds Foreshore Reserve Licence. The Minister of Conservation has received an application for a lease and licence concession.

Application details

Applicant: THC Portage Limited
Location of Proposed Activity: Sounds Foreshore Reserve
Map Reference: Between approximate map references NZTM: 1686808.8649, NZTM: 5438749.8662, NZTM: 1686747.3569 and NZTM: 5438574.8971
Summary of Proposal: This proposal is to continue to occupy Sounds Foreshore Reserve for existing activities as part of the operation of the Portage Hotel for a 30-year term concession. This comprises the management, ownership and operation of all activities related to the hotel accommodation and associated structures including manager’s accommodation, parking, paths, swimming pool, septic tank, rock walls and concrete areas.
Application forms:

How to make a submission

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

Submissions closed 25 March 2022.

1. Prepare your submission

Record what you think in the submission form.

Any person or organisation wishing to be heard at a possible hearing in support of their submission must request an opportunity to appear before the Director-General. This request must be included in your submission.

2. Send us your submission

Send your submission by email or post. You'll get a confirmation email or letter when a submission has been received.


Department of Conservation
Private Bag 4715
Christchurch Mail Centre

Attention: Harriet Kemp, Permissions Advisor

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.

What happens next

After submissions close:

  1. DOC will analyse and consider all submissions.
  2. A hearing will be held if there have been requests to be heard by the Director-General If you have expressed an interest in presenting your submission at a hearing, you'll be contacted by DOC regarding this.
  3. DOC will analyse and consider information raised at the hearing if a hearing occurred.
  4. DOC will make a recommendation to the Minister of Conservation.
  5. The Minister of Conservation will make a decision on the application.

Hearing details

If a hearing is required, it's likely to occur on the week starting 28 March 2022. 


No details at this point. Details, such as submissions and the decision outcome, will be added when they are available.

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.    


If you have a question about the application or the submission process you can contact Harriet Kemp, Permissions Advisor.


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