17 Access to conservation areas

(1)

Except as provided by or under this section, Part 3B, or section 38(1), the entry to and use of conservation areas by the public shall be free of charge.

(2)

The Minister may impose a reasonable charge for the use of facilities (other than paths and tracks) that are provided by the Minister in or in respect of any conservation area.

(3)

A concessionaire of any part of a conservation area may, to the extent that the relevant concession document so provides, impose a reasonable charge for the use of any facilities in or in respect of that part of the area that are provided by the Minister or the concessionaire.

(4)

Any person who, in accordance with any concession or other consent of the Minister or Director-General,—

(a)

has erected any structure or facility in any conservation area; or

(b)

uses any part of any conservation area for camping sites or for parking places for vehicles; or

(c)

carries on any activity in any conservation area,—

may, subject to the conservation management strategy or conservation management plan (if any) relating to the area and to the terms and conditions (if any) of the relevant concession document, impose a reasonable charge in respect of access to or use of any such structure, site, or place, or the carrying on or products of the activity concerned.

(5)

Nothing in this section authorises any person to do anything on or in respect of any private land.

Section 17: substituted, on 1 July 1996, by section 3(1) of the Conservation Amendment Act 1996 (1996 No 1).