This management plan provides for the future management of Mount Aspiring National Park. It is important to read and consider its provisions as a whole, as various objectives and policies may influence the interpretation of other parts of the plan.
Section 1 introduces the management planning process.
Section 2 outlines the park’s values and makeup, and the threats and issues it faces. It is not intended to be a full description of the park. Should you wish for greater detail the list of references at the back of the plan give some guidance.
Section 3 introduces some of the key issues that face the park. These gain further consideration in the relevant policy sections or specific places.
Section 4 contains the overall outcomes sought for the park. They provide direction for the objectives and policies that follow in sections 5 and 6.
The bulk of the plan (sections 5 and 6) consists of park-wide outcomes, and objectives and policies relating to Treaty of Waitangi matters, to preserving natural and historic heritage and public use and concession management. Please note the introduction to section 6, especially the conventions around the use of the words will, should and may.
General Policy for National Parks 2005 (General Policy) requires the identification of “outcomes at places” for various park values and places. Sections 7 to 13 contain outcomes, objectives and policies for seven specific places in the park1. These are either significant or distinctive parts of the park (eg. Olivine Wilderness Area) or places with potential or current issues that require greater consideration and/or management direction (e.g. Routeburn). Most of the seven places considered separately would fit both categories.
To determine all aspects of management for these specific places, consideration should also be given to objectives and policies that apply to the whole park in section 6. This is because policies that apply across the park as a whole are not repeated in the specific place sections of the plan.
There are many references to General Policy throughout the plan and all the plan’s provisions must be consistent with it. However, except where it is necessary or helpful, the plan does not repeat General Policy provisions. It may be useful when considering this plan to refer to the General Policy document and the reference list at the end of this plan (page 136).
An outline of the legislation governing park management and the provisions of this plan is in Appendix 1.
East and West Matukituki Valleys, Routeburn, Dart and Rees Valleys, Mt Aspiring Climbing Region, Siberia, Wilkin and Young Valleys, Olivine Wilderness Area and Haast Pass Highway.