Have your say on an application to lease public conservation land within Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park Amenities Area. Submissions close 14 August 2020.

This application is notified under section 17SC of the Conservation Act 1987. The Minister of Conservation has received an application for a lease for a term of 49 years.

Applicant: The Youth Hostel Association 

Location of Proposed Activity: Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park

Summary of Proposal: Lease of land for the continued use of the current YHA building, carpark and open spaces. The lease also includes a request of an extension from the previously lease of 770 m2.

This land is on the corner of Kitchener Ave and Bowen Drive within Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park Amenities Area

Concession Applied for: Lease (for a term of 49 years)

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 5 pm 14 August 2020.

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 before 14 August 2020

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


Department of Conservation
PO Box 4175
Christchurch 8140

Nicci Mardle, Permissions Advisor

Submissions close 5 pm 14 August 2020.

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 on 14 August 2020:

  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 a hearing is required, it’s likely to occur on the 14 September 2020. 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 by the Youth Hostel Association.

Hearing details

If a hearing is required, it’s likely to be on 14 September 2020.


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 Niccie Mardle, Permissions Advisor.


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