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Protecting our precious places

Queen Elizabeth II National Trust helps private landowners in New Zealand protect special natural and cultural features on their land with open space covenants.

Trust Patron

His Excellency Lieutenant General The Right Honourable Sir Jerry Mateparae GNZM, QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand.


Statistics at 30 June 2014


Registered covenants: 3934
Approved covenants: 414
Area registered and approved covenants: 180,845ha
Largest registered covenant: 6564 ha
Largest approved covenant: 53,000ha
Average covenant size: 41ha

Latest Annual Report available at this link


Extraordinary covenant proposal announced



Queen Elizabeth II National Trust and Soho Property Limited have announced New Zealand’s largest private land protection agreement ever. At around 53,000 hectares, the land to be protected by  National Trust covenants is equal in size to the combined areas of Paparoa and Abel Tasman national parks. It will protect iconic high country over a large part of Motatapu, Mount Soho,Glencoe and Coronet Peak stations. Read more...



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Photo courtesy of Stephen Jacquiery, Otago Daily Times

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