Also find out about hunting permits and fishing licences.
To obtain access across public conservation land for your business or private property you must have a concession from DOC. This is known as an easement and includes activities such as conveying electricity, telecommunications, water and gas or right of way for vehicles or stock.
To use a helicopter to carry out aerially assisted trophy hunting, either commercially or for personal gain, you must have a concession from DOC.
Aircraft activities on or over public conservation lands and waters must have a concession or authorisation from DOC. This includes both commercial operations and private recreational activities.
To lay pesticides or traps on public conservation land you must have permission from DOC.
If you are interested in putting beehives on public conservation land you must register an 'expression of interest'.
Changes to the Conservation Act have improved the process for applying to undertake activities on public conservation land.
Use this interactive online map to find public conservation land, DOC campsites, tracks, huts, and visitor centres.
To film anything for commercial purposes on public conservation land you must have a concession from DOC. This includes activities such as making a documentary, movie or advertisement.
To graze any animal on public conservation land you must have a concession from DOC.
There are a number of tracks across New Zealand that are available for guided walking if certain conditions are followed. These are called ‘conforming’ tracks.
You must have a Wildlife Act authorisation to hold lizards. If you only want to hold certain common lizards in captivity, you can register for free to be covered under the General Authorisation.
Apply for a permit to hold protected wildlife.
Apply for an authorisation to move, possess or farm freshwater species.
Apply for a permit if you want to undertake commercial activities involving marine mammals, or you want to take, hold, import or export marine mammals.
Apply for a permit to catch, handle or release wildlife.
To provide land-based guided activities such as walking, hiking, tramping, climbing, hunting, fishing, biking or four wheel driving (4WD) on public conservation land you must have a concession from DOC.
Apply for a permit to monitor species or conduct research within a marine reserve.
Apply for an access arrangement to prospect, explore or mine on public conservation land.
You need a WARO concession to undertake wild animal recovery operations on public conservation land.
Information for when the activity you would like to conduct on public conservation land does not fall into any of the other categories in this section.
Find out how to get a permit from the Komiti Taoka Tuku Iho for the allocation and use of taoka species in Otago.
View permits issued by DOC for the recovery of SH1 and rail links along the Kaikoura coast.
To build or use a private or commercial facility or structure on public conservation land you must have a concession from DOC. This includes building an information centre, erecting a weather station or constructing or leasing a private or commercial campground.
Apply for a permit to collect samples or undertake research on plants, soils, rocks, invertebrates, fresh water fish species or historic materials that are on public conservation land.
To hold a sporting event such as a 4WD club trip, off-road running race or multi-sport event on public conservation land you must have a concession from DOC.
To apply for a tenancy or use any existing structure or facility on public conservation land you must have a concession from DOC. This includes the permanent use of a historic building for a business or community group.
To provide watercraft activities such as kayaking, boat landings or use of DOC wharves you must have a concession from DOC.
If you’re not sure which research or wildlife authorisation you need, try our decision-making tool.
Find out what permit you need to hunt on public conservation land.
Find out how to buy the special licence needed for fishing in the Taupo district, including latest fees and licence agents.
Find out about CITES permit requirements for endangered species, special cases and application forms for New Zealand.