Tongariro National Park Management Plan partial review approved
The New Zealand Conservation Authority (the Authority) approved amendments to the Tongariro National Park Management
Plan (the Plan) which will allow for mountain biking at its most recent meeting in Wellington on 23 April.
The Authority originally received the application for a Plan review at its October 2017 meeting. Following discussions
with the Tongariro Taupo Conservation Board, Department of Conservation staff and internal discussions, they sought
confirmation of support from local iwi and referred the proposed change to the Minister of Conservation, taking careful
consideration of her views as well as the community’s.
The Authority Chair Warren Parker says, “This will allow for the establishment of new family friendly cycle recreation
opportunities in the park, but only where they cannot be more appropriately located outside the park.”
The Plan’s partial review amendments will allow for the construction of three new tracks, and the use of existing and
historic tracks. These must be compatible with the protection of the cultural and natural values of the Park and
enjoyment of it by other recreation users. If monitoring reveals adverse environmental or social effects on the tracks,
the Department of Conservation, with advice from the Tongariro Taupo Conservation Board, have a range of options to
remedy the situation including the ability to cease track development and remove concessions.
“The Authority is pleased to have reached this decision after comprehensive consultation with key stakeholders and
ensuring robust checks and balances are built into the revised plan,” Mr Parker says.