Fire in an outdoor fire place.
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Find out when and where you can light fires at huts, campsites and in the backcountry on public conservation land.

On public conservation land, you must not light any fires:

  • where there is a restricted fire season in place
  • during a prohibited fire season (fire ban), or
  • where signs say fires are not permitted.

The only exception is the fireplaces inside DOC huts which you can use any time.

At other times, you can only light fires in certain places and you must follow the specific conditions below.

Matariki bonfire safety tips

If you're planning to celebrate Matariki with a bonfire, follow the Matariki Mahuika Ahi guidelines


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