Crown pastoral land

Find out about pastoral leases, the rent review and tenure review processes, and how to apply for permission to carry out work on leased land.

Sheep on a rural New Zealand road

We manage over a million hectares of land in the South Island high country, leasing much of it for pastoral farming. This land includes some of New Zealand’s iconic high country scenery, and is culturally, environmentally, and economically significant.

The Crown owns the pastoral lease land and the Commissioner of Crown Lands (CCL) leases the land to farmers. The CCL is an independent statutory officer who works with farmers on how they can use this land.

We help the CCL manage pastoral leases, conduct rent reviews of the leases, and administer the tenure review process.