Have your say on applications by Tuatapere Hump Track Charitable Trust for a lease, licence and easement in the Fiordland National Park and Waikoau Forest Conservation Area. Submissions close 20 April 2023.

These applications are notified under section 17SC of the Conservation Act 1987. The Minister of Conservation has received applications for:

  • The continued operation of public (and staff) accommodation at Port Craig and Okaka Lodges and associated infrastructure for the Hump Ridge Track operation, for a 30-year term
  • A licence for multiday guided walking activities on the Hump Ridge and South Coast Tracks for a 10-year term.

Applicant details

Applicant: Tuatapere Hump Track Charitable Trust
Locations of Proposed Activity: Fiordland National Park, and Waikoau Forest Conservation Area
Map Reference: Application location map (JPG, 60K)
Concessions Applied for: 30-year lease, licence and easement for accommodation and related infrastructure; and a 10-year licence for guided multiday walking activities.

Application documents:

How to make a submission

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

Submissions close 20 April 2023.

1. Prepare your submission

Record what you think in the submission form. 

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.

2. Send us your submission

Send your submission by email or post:

Department of Conservation
Ōtepoti / Dunedin Service Centre
Level 1, John Wickliffe House
265 Princes Street
Dunedin 9016


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.

What happens next

After submissions close:

  1. DOC will analyse and consider all submissions and comments on the application.
  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 will 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 is likely to occur on the week starting 8 May 2023.


No details at this point.

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 any questions about the application or the submission process you can email:

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