Fires on Public Conservation Land

Fires and Fire Permits on Public Conservation Land

Fires on Public Conservation Land (apart from any applicable bylaws or Park Management Plans/Policies/Rules not listed below) generally fall into two categories;


A. Small “approved camp fires” during an Open or Restricted season do not require a permit. An “approved camp fire” is any fire (for the purposes of camping, cooking, comfort or warmth) that is not;

  • Within three metres of any tree or any place underneath overhanging vegetation; and
  • Within three metres of any log or any dry vegetation; and
  • Lit unless and until the ground surface within three metres of the site of the fire has been cleared of all combustible material; and
  • Lit where notices and advertising are present which specify the lighting of fires in other types of receptacle or place; and
  • Lit where notices are present prohibiting fire (E.g. “Light No Fires” signage); and
  • Lit in conditions where wind or other factors may cause the fire to escape.

Additional conditions:

  • No person shall light a fire within 200 metres of any formed road unless the fire is in a camping site or in a permanently constructed fireplace.
  • Every person who lights a fire shall keep that fire continuously under supervision until it is completely extinguished.
  • It is the responsibility of every person lighting a fire to understand any other applicable Bylaws or Park Management Plans/Policies/Rules not listed above.

B. Any other fire such as a Bonfire or similar that do not fit the definition above

  • These fires do need a permit during Open and Restricted seasons and are prohibited during a Prohibited season.
  • To obtain a permit for such a fire the permittee must firstly have the permission of the landowner (DOC) then a permit can be issued by Otago Fire and Emergency New Zealand.
  • Those who request such a permit will be asked to directly contact The Otago Fire and Emergency New Zealand Principal Rural Fire Officer.

All fires including fireworks are banned during a Prohibited season on Public Conservation Land. Gas
cookers are allowed.