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Concession Application for Te Ara Mangawhero - Have your say!

Leading for the future

It's time to support the next phase of ensuring our connected pathways deliver great experiences for locals and visitors.  The proposed Te Ara Mangawhero trail provides a safe connected alternative to Ohakune Mountain Road, and delivers a journey that travels over old bush tramways and tramping tracks, for a spectacular meander through the ngahere.

This project is being led by Ngāti Rangi, for the community and as their part of Mountains to Sea - Nga Ara Tūhono connected pathways.

Ngāti Rangi, the applicant, owner, concessionaire and builder of the trail is confident that Te Ara Mangawhero provides an opportunity for our community and beyond to be connected to our majestic environment.

Ngāti Rangi embraces this chance for people to walk in the ngahere; to be immersed in the cultural landscape; and to understand our collective responsibility for the protection of our environment.


The Minister of Conservation gives notice under section 17SC of the Conservation Act 1987 of an application submitted by Ngā Waihua o Paerangi Trust for a licence for phase 1 of a multi-staged approach to the trail known as Te Ara Mangawhero. The application is for the construction and maintenance works as well as filming and guiding once the trail is completed.

Further details of the proposed concession are available at DOC Te Ara Mangawhero Consultation Link

Any person or organisation may make comment in writing to the Director-General for or against the proposal, or make any other written submissions on the proposal. Comment submission forms may be downloaded from ( 

Objections or submissions should be sent to:


Department of Conservation

Permissions Team

Private Bag 3072

Hamilton 3240

Attention: Lynette Trewavas

Senior Permissions Advisor


Submissions will be accepted up to and including 5.00 pm on 20 October 2022. Once submitted, submitters' information is subject to the Official Information Act 1982 and may be released under that Act. If you wish to keep any part of your submission confidential, you need to state this in writing when making your submission.

Any person or organisation wishing to be heard in support of his/her submission, must request (within that submission) an opportunity to appear before the Director-General.

If a hearing is required, it is likely to occur on the week starting 31 October 2022.

Proposed Te Ara Mangawhero route
Proposed Te Ara Mangawhero route

Trail line layout


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