Cecil Peak Station Ltd is seeking resource consent for up to
7250 commercial helicopter landings a year across seven
sites, providing landings for all helicopter operators within
the Lakes District.
The resource consent application said it aimed to formalise
what had been occurring on the site for many years, providing
flights for recreation and sightseeing.
The subject site comprised pastoral lease and freehold land,
totalling more than 13,400ha and consent was sought for up to
25 landings per day at The Ledge, George Spur, Garden Spur,
Island Spur (Half Wits Beat), Bayonet Peak and the Collins
Bay Homestead, with up to 30 landings a day at Rock Garden -
the higher limit catering for an annual rock concert.
Annually, up to 5000 landings would occur at The Ledge, 750
at Island Spur, 500 at Garden Spur and up to 250 at the
A landing included both landing and take-off, and would
include trips for filming, commercial recreation and scenic
''Although there are no existing use rights for helicopters
landing at Cecil Peak, other than for farming purposes, it is
recognised that The Ledge is one of the most popular scenic
flight destinations in the district and that helicopters have
been landing there for many years,'' the application said.
''The visual effects from helicopters landing on Cecil Peak
are insignificant as the viewing distance from Queenstown or
the closest occupied areas is so great and the landscape is
so vast that even though landings have occurred there for
many years it is very difficult to distinguish a helicopter
The types of helicopters would vary, but it was likely new
helicopters would become quieter so the consent should
provide for new models of helicopters.
Operators would be required to undertake their operation to
the best industry standards to ensure minimal noise level and
disturbance to other users of the environment, including
descending over noise-sensitive areas; ascending over less
sensitive areas; avoiding turns over sensitive areas; and
using the lowest power settings that still provide safe
No refuelling would occur at proposed landing sites and
pilots would check their clients' equipment, for example,
boots and bags, to ensure no weeds were being transported in
to the areas.
While the sites were located within the Outstanding Natural
Landscape District Wide category, it was considered the
landings would not compromise the integrity of the category.
''It is considered that due to the isolation of the landings
within Cecil Peak, any effects will be internalised within
''Any effects beyond the site are insignificant.''