National Parks Act 1980

Reprint as at 26 March 2015

National Parks Act 1980

Public Act1980 No 66
Date of assent17 December 1980
Commencementsee section 1(2)


Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this official reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

This Act is administered by the Department of Conservation.



1 Short Title and commencement

2 Interpretation

3 Act to bind the Crown

Part 1
National parks

Principles to be applied in national parks

4 Parks to be maintained in natural state, and public to have right of entry

5 Indigenous plants and animals to be preserved

5A Introduction of biological organisms

Establishment, exclusion of land from, and definition of parks

6 Existing national parks

7 Constitution of other national parks and addition of land to national parks

8 Investigation of proposals to add to parks or establish new parks

9 Acquisition of land for national parks

10 Park land administered under certain other Acts

11 Exclusion of land from national park

12 Specially protected areas in national parks

12A Orders in Council to be published in Gazette

13 Permits for access to specially protected areas

14 Wilderness areas

14A Special provisions relating to wilderness areas under Reserves Act 1977 or Conservation Act 1987

15 Amenities areas

16 Plans of national parks

Part 2
National Parks and Reserves Authority


17 National Parks and Reserves Authority [Repealed]

18 Functions of Authority

18A Minister to consult Authority in respect of access notice under Crown Minerals Act 1991

19 Authority to implement policy of the Government [Repealed]

20 Authority may release recommendations, reports, or advice to public [Repealed]

21 Annual report [Repealed]

22 Term of office of members of Authority [Repealed]

23 Chairman of Authority [Repealed]

24 Meetings of Authority [Repealed]

25 Director-General entitled to attend meetings of Authority [Repealed]

26 Servicing of Authority [Repealed]

27 Fees and travelling expenses of members of Authority [Repealed]

28 Public Bodies Meetings Act 1962 to apply to Authority [Repealed]

Part 3
National parks and reserves boards


29 National parks and reserves boards [Repealed]

30 Functions of Boards

31 Board may release recommendations, reports, or advice to public [Repealed]

32 Membership of boards [Repealed]

33 Term of office of members of board [Repealed]

34 Chairman of board [Repealed]

35 Meetings of Board [Repealed]

36 Director-General entitled to attend meetings of board [Repealed]

37 Servicing of boards [Repealed]

38 Fees and travelling expenses of members of board [Repealed]

39 Public Bodies Meetings Act 1962 to apply to board [Repealed]

Part 4

40 Rangers

41 Delegation of Minister's powers and functions

42 Delegation of Director-General's powers and functions

Part 5
Control and management of national parks

Administration of parks

43 Parks to be administered by Department

General policy statements

44 General policy for parks

Conservation management strategies

44A Conservation management strategies

Management plans

45 Preparation of management plans

46 Amendment and review of management plans

47 Procedure for preparing and reviewing management plans

48 Approval of management plans

Powers of Minister

49 Concessions

50 Accommodation within parks

51 Farming within parks

51A Other activities in parks

52 Conservation Act 1987 to apply to leases and licences [Repealed]

53 Powers of Minister where services provided by the Crown [Repealed]

54 Minister may grant easements [Repealed]

55 Roads within park

56 Bylaws

Part 5A
Control of dogs

56A Restrictions in relation to dogs

56B Dog control permits

56C Requirements in relation to dog control permits

56D Power to amend or revoke dog control permit

56E Persons authorised to take dogs into national park area without dog control permit

56F Seizure and destruction of dogs

56G Disposal of seized dogs

56H Recovery of costs relating to dogs

56I Offences

56J Power of ranger to request information

56K Evidence in proceedings

56L Strict liability

Part 6
Financial provisions

57 Application of revenue from national parks

58 Application of proceeds where land excluded from national park

59 Local authorities may make contributions for national park purposes

Part 7

60 Offences in parks

61 Seizure and forfeiture of property

62 Trespassing animals

63 Offences in respect of rangers

64 Powers of rangers

65 Ranger may stop and search boats, vehicles, premises, and possessions in park

66 Stopping and searching boats outside parks

67 Proceedings in respect of offences

68 Time for filing charging document

69 Presumptions relating to offences

69A Penalties for certain offences

69B Penalties for offences committed for commercial gain or reward

70 Penalties

70A Sentence of community work

71 Removal and disposal of abandoned boats and vehicles, and vehicles parked in prohibited places

Part 8
Miscellaneous provisions

72 Former Authority and boards to cease to exist

73 Assets, liabilities, and rights of former Authority and boards transferred to Crown

74 Director-General may execute documents on behalf of the Crown

75 Director-General may act in proceedings on behalf of the Crown

76 Certificates of title in respect of national parks

77 Approval under this Act not to authorise actions in contravention of other Acts

78 Mining operations in national parks [Repealed]

79 Certain other Acts unaffected

80 Amendments, repeals, and revocations

Schedule 1
Enactments amended

Schedule 2
Enactments repealed

Schedule 3
Bylaws revoked

National Parks Amendment Act 1996

Reprint notes

An Act to consolidate and amend the law relating to national parks