If you are interested in putting beehives on public conservation land you must register an 'expression of interest'.


DOC is reviewing beekeeping opportunities region by region. You must have expressed your interest to be able to submit an application for a concession. Check this page for updates about available opportunities.

Reasons for the review

DOC is reviewing the way it manages beekeeping opportunities on public conservation land as there has been a significant increase in interest.

The review will enable DOC to:

  • safeguard conservation and cultural values in light of the increasing demand for beehives on public conservation land
  • develop a fair and transparent allocation process that gives interested parties opportunities to place beehives on public conservation land
  • proactively manage the allocation of this resource in an efficient and effective manner.

About the review 

The review will be a staged process. It involves:

  • calling for expressions of interest
  • undertaking assessment, planning, engagement and design, then 
  • running allocation processes, region by region.

This process will run for a one year period. It will end on 31 August 2016.

DOC will not accept any applications for beehive placement on public conservation land until 1 September 2016 – except as part of this process.

Existing concession rights are not affected by this process.

Concession applications lodged with DOC before 1 September 2015 will not be affected.

Consultation during the review

During this time DOC will:

  • engage with iwi to better identify and incorporate the protection of cultural values
  • engage with industry representatives
  • develop a new allocation process that is efficient, fair and transparent.

Timeline of the review

Note these dates may be subject to change. 

1 September 2015: Review process begins, people can register an 'expression of interest' (EOI).

23 October 2015: EOIs are ideally registered by this date date (this will help DOC analyse the demand in each region).

6 November 2015: The timeline below shows when the allocation process and dates for each region will take place: 

Region Cutoff date for lodgement Opportunity release date
West Coast, South Island 17 May 2016 25 May 2016
Nelson / Marlborough 10 July 2016 18 July 2016
Southland / Otago / Canterbury 19 July 2016 27 July 2016
Wellington / Wairarapa /
East Coast - Gisborne / Chatham Islands
31 July 2016 8 August 2016
Taranaki / Wanganui Waikato / Coromandel (including Rotorua/Tauranga) 11 August 2016 19 August 2016
Northland / Auckland 23 August 2016 31 August 2016

DOC has revised the opportunity release dates to ensure there is sufficient time to undertake the work required to provide a fair and transparent process. The EOI will still end on 31 August 2016.

The allocation process will be run region by region as shown on the table to registered parties. 


  • 'Cutoff Date for Lodgement' means the date at which parties need to be registered in a particular region in order to receive information about opportunities available in that region.
  • 'Opportunity Release Date' means the date at which registered parties will receive an email setting out the opportunities available in a region, along with instructions on how to apply.

31 August 2016: Review process ends. 

How to register an expression of interest

Fill out this short online form.

If you are unable to fill out the online form, you can request a paper form by writing to:

Department of Conservation
Private Bag 3072
Hamilton 3240


Subject: Expression of interest – placement of beehives on conservation land

Information for registered parties 

About the staged process (PDF, 129K) 
Release 1, 11 March 2016

Release of opportunities


West Coast:

Southland / Otago / Canterbury:

Southern North Island

Taranaki / Whanganui / Waikato / Coromandel

Northland / Auckland

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