Access Permit to Tiwai Peninsula

Access Permit to Tiwai Peninsula
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Tiwai Peninsula Access Permit

The 2000 hectares of land surrounding NZAS is part of New Zealand’s Conservation Estate managed by the Department of Conservation.  The Awarua and Waituna Wetlands on the northern and far eastern ends of Tiwai Peninsula are listed as wetlands of international importance under the Ramsar Convention and have species of rare and even endangered plants, animals and birds.

NZAS leases Tiwai Peninsula from the Department of Conservation and is committed to working in partnership with Iwi, government agencies and members of the wider local community to manage and protect flora, fauna and cultural heritage sites within the land.  Public access to the peninsula is restricted, with fences and gates in place to control access.

Recreational users can only gain access if they hold a valid “Access Permit to Tiwai Peninsula” which is issued by NZAS (valid for 12 months).  To apply for an access permit, please follow the instructions below.

Once approved, the recreational user must present their permit to NZAS Security for each visit.  A key for the access gates will then be issued for the day of the activity.  All visitors are required to sign in at Security, with the access permit left with NZAS Security for the duration of the visit.  The access permit will be returned to the permit holder when the gate access key is returned.

We are committed to working with you to look after Tiwai Peninsula for future generations.

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Permit Requestor Details

List the first and last name of every visitor you anticipate accompanying you. Enter 1 name per line.
Select one or more of the following permitted activities
If you have selected Duck Shooting you must scan and upload your DOC Hunting Permit with this application.

The following file types can be uploaded: PDF, Word Docs (DOC, DOCX), PowerPoint Presentations (PPS, PPT, PPSX, PPTX) and Images (JPG,PNG)

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The map below shows the permitted places of activity.

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Select one or more places of activity for your permit.

While on land managed by NZAS, you must observe all NZ laws applying to conservation land and the coastline and may not, without a specific written authorisation:

Light any fires, use firearms, dig any holes, deviate from formed roads and tracks, erect any structures, leave any litter or disturb or remove native flora or fauna.

  • Present this letter to the security contractor at the gatehouse each time access is required. Key is obtained from NZAS gatehouse and must be returned on leaving site (Access letter will be held at security for the duration of the visit).

  • Be prepared to prove your identity if requested by the Security Contractor. Note: All people requiring access must be named in this letter.

  • All vehicles entering the Peninsula are liable to inspection by the Security Contractor.

  • No dogs allowed on the Peninsula.

  • Follow the Security Contractor’s instructions on access route to be taken. (Access is not through the main gate, but through the east access adjacent to the water reservoir)

  • All NZ traffic laws apply on the peninsula, including a speed limit of 50kms/hr.

  • Advise the Security Contractor of your expected departure time.

  • NZAS is not liable for damage incurred to any vehicle while it is on land managed by NZAS.

  • The Department of Conservation only permits vehicle access into the Waituna Wetlands Reserve to about one kilometre past the farmhouse at the east end of the Peninsula. This is almost to the first tarn. Some tracks are only suitable for 4 wheel vehicles. No vehicles are permitted on the dunes or the cushion bog areas behind the dunes.

  • Swimming or fishing off the Tiwai wharf is not permitted.

  • It is your responsibility to obtain all appropriate DOC licences for your activity to be carried out on Tiwai Peninsula.