A proposal for a bus tunnel from the Routeburn Road in Mt Aspiring National Park to the Hollyford Road in Fiordland National Park has been declined by the Minister of Conservation.

Update: Proposal declined

17 July 2013: The tunnel project proposed by Milford Dart Limited, through the Fiordland and Mt Aspiring national parks, has been declined by the Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith.

Minister makes Mildford Dart Tunnel decision

Proposal consultation

Submissions closed: 20 February 2012

The Minister of Conservation gives notice of her intention to grant concessions under section 17Q of the Conservation Act 1987 to Milford Dart Limited to investigate, construct, operate and maintain a bus tunnel from the Routeburn Road in Mt Aspiring National Park to the Hollyford Road in Fiordland National Park. 

Any person or organisation may object in writing to the Director-General against the proposal, or make written submissions on the proposal.

How to submit

Objections or submissions should be sent to;

Director General
Attention: Robyn Roberts

Murihiku / Invercargill Office
Phone:   +64 3 211 2400
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   7th Floor
CUE on Don
33 Don Street
Invercargill 9810
Postal Address:   PO Box 743
Invercargill 9840


Any person or organisation wishing to be heard in support of his/her objection or submission, must request (in that objection/submission) an opportunity to appear before the Director General.

If a hearing is required, it is likely to occur in the week starting 12 March 2012.

Reconvened Hearings

Notice of reconvened Hearing Milford Dart Limited Tunnel Proposal.
The Hearing of submissions on the Milford Dart Limited Tunnel Concession proposal re-commenced to hear the applicants right of reply:
Date: Friday 20 April 2012
Time: 10.00 am - 1.00 pm
Tanoa Aspen Hotel
139 Fernhill Road
Fernhill Queenstown.

Hearing notes

Hearing notes: March - April 2012 (PDF, 1139K)


Officer's Report: Intention to grant a concession, Dart Passage tunnel, Milford Dart Limited (PDF, 1438K)

Appendix B

Appendix C

Appendix D

Appendix E

Material provided by MDL as 'right of reply' to submissions

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