Using drones in national parks
IntroductionYou must have a permit from DOC to fly a drone of any size in national parks, including for recreational and commercial purposes.
National parks you can apply for
If you want to fly your drone in one of the following national parks, contact the relevant office before submitting your application:
- Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park (commercial purposes only) – contact our Aoraki office
- Kahurangi National Park – contact our Nelson office
How to get a permit
- Why you need a permit and how to get one for recreational drone use.
- How to get a commercial drone use permit.
National parks we do not recommend you apply
Drone use is not generally allowed in the following national parks including for recreational purposes:
- Abel Tasman National Park
- Arthur’s Pass National Park
- Egmont National Park
- Fiordland National Park
- Mount Aspiring National Park
- Nelson Lakes National Park
- Paparoa National Park
- Rakiura National Park
- Tongariro National Park
- Westland Tai Poutini National Park.
- Whanganui National Park
We do not recommend you apply to fly a drone in any of these national parks. Your application is likely to be declined, and you will be charged a fee ($65 plus GST per region you apply for) for the time spent processing your application.