National Parks Act 1980

Reprint as at 7 August 2020

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National Parks Act 1980

Public Act
1980 No 66
Date of assent
17 December 1980
see 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.


1Short Title and commencement
3Act to bind the Crown
4Parks to be maintained in natural state, and public to have right of entry
5Indigenous plants and animals to be preserved
5AIntroduction of biological organisms
6Existing national parks
7Constitution of other national parks and addition of land to national parks
8Investigation of proposals to add to parks or establish new parks
9Acquisition of land for national parks
10Park land administered under certain other Acts
11Exclusion of land from national park
12Specially protected areas in national parks
12AOrders in Council to be published in Gazette
13Permits for access to specially protected areas
14Wilderness areas
14ASpecial provisions relating to wilderness areas under Reserves Act 1977 or Conservation Act 1987
15Amenities areas
16Plans of national parks
17National Parks and Reserves Authority [Repealed]
18Functions of Authority
18AMinister to consult Authority in respect of access notice under Crown Minerals Act 1991
19Authority to implement policy of the Government [Repealed]
20Authority may release recommendations, reports, or advice to public [Repealed]
21Annual report [Repealed]
22Term of office of members of Authority [Repealed]
23Chairman of Authority [Repealed]
24Meetings of Authority [Repealed]
25Director-General entitled to attend meetings of Authority [Repealed]
26Servicing of Authority [Repealed]
27Fees and travelling expenses of members of Authority [Repealed]
28Public Bodies Meetings Act 1962 to apply to Authority [Repealed]
29National parks and reserves boards [Repealed]
30Functions of Boards
31Board may release recommendations, reports, or advice to public [Repealed]
32Membership of boards [Repealed]
33Term of office of members of board [Repealed]
34Chairman of board [Repealed]
35Meetings of Board [Repealed]
36Director-General entitled to attend meetings of board [Repealed]
37Servicing of boards [Repealed]
38Fees and travelling expenses of members of board [Repealed]
39Public Bodies Meetings Act 1962 to apply to board [Repealed]
41Delegation of Minister’s powers and functions
42Delegation of Director-General’s powers and functions
43Parks to be administered by Department
44General policy for parks
44AConservation management strategies
45Preparation of management plans
46Amendment and review of management plans
47Procedure for preparing and reviewing management plans
48Approval of management plans
50Accommodation within parks
51Farming within parks
51AOther activities in parks
52Conservation Act 1987 to apply to leases and licences [Repealed]
53Powers of Minister where services provided by the Crown [Repealed]
54Minister may grant easements [Repealed]
55Roads within park
56ARestrictions in relation to dogs
56BDog control permits
56CRequirements in relation to dog control permits
56DPower to amend or revoke dog control permit
56EPersons authorised to take dogs into national park area without dog control permit
56FSeizure and destruction of dogs
56GDisposal of seized dogs
56HRecovery of costs relating to dogs
56JPower of ranger to request information
56KEvidence in proceedings
56LStrict liability
57Application of revenue from national parks
58Application of proceeds where land excluded from national park
59Local authorities may make contributions for national park purposes
60Offences in parks
61Seizure and forfeiture of property
62Trespassing animals
63Offences in respect of rangers
64Power to interfere to prevent offending
64APower to require information
65Ranger may stop and search boats, vehicles, premises, and possessions in park
66Stopping and searching boats outside parks
67Proceedings in respect of offences
68Time for filing charging document
69Presumptions relating to offences
69APenalties for certain offences
69BPenalties for offences committed for commercial gain or reward
70ASentence of community work
71Removal and disposal of abandoned boats and vehicles, and vehicles parked in prohibited places
71ARelationship with other offences
71BSpecially protected areas
71CControl of dogs
71DUnauthorised actions in parks
71EUsing or receiving items removed unlawfully from park
71FAltering boundary marks or items issued by Minister or Department
71GFailure to remove animal, vehicle, aircraft, or boat
71IProceedings for infringement offences
71JWho may issue infringement notices
71KInfringement notices
71LReminder notices
71MPayment of infringement fees
71NPenalties for infringement offences
71ORegulations relating to infringement offences
72Former Authority and boards to cease to exist
73Assets, liabilities, and rights of former Authority and boards transferred to Crown
74Director-General may execute documents on behalf of the Crown
75Director-General may act in proceedings on behalf of the Crown
76Records of title in respect of national parks
77Approval under this Act not to authorise actions in contravention of other Acts
78Mining operations in national parks [Repealed]
79Certain other Acts unaffected
80Amendments, repeals, and revocations
Reprint notes

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