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BBC seeks permission to film marine attractions
14 Oct 2021  

BBC seeks permission to film marine attractions

The BBC is seeking approval from the Department of Conservation to film New Zealand false killer whales and oceanic bottlenose dolphins for a new wildlife series to be broadcast in 2024.


Govt provides $950k to help save kea, create eight jobs
12 Oct 2021   /

Govt provides $950k to help save kea, create eight jobs

The government is providing $950,000 for a two-year project to reduce lead poisoning of kea and provide employment in hard hit tourism regions.


DOC reminds Aucklanders to follow fishing rules
11 Oct 2021   /

DOC reminds Aucklanders to follow fishing rules

The Department of Conservation is reminding people to stay away from the five marine reserves in the Auckland region when going fishing under the more relaxed Covid-19 alert level 3 rules.


Te Araroa walkers reminded of level 3 rules
8 Oct 2021   /

Te Araroa walkers reminded of level 3 rules

People walking parts of the Te Araroa Trail from Cape Reinga to Bluff are reminded to observe Covid-19 alert level 3 rules when in those areas.


116 jobs expected from $14m in conservation projects
7 Oct 2021  

116 jobs expected from $14m in conservation projects

Three new conservation projects funded by a combined $14.2m from the government’s Jobs for Nature programme will create 116 full-time jobs in the northern South Island.


DOC hut wardens take their places
5 Oct 2021   /

DOC hut wardens take their places

Department of Conservation hut wardens are now in place on New Zealand’s newest Great Walk.


Sections of Queen Charlotte Track to re-open Saturday
24 Sep 2021   /

Sections of Queen Charlotte Track to re-open Saturday

Parts of the storm-damaged Queen Charlotte Track will re-open on Saturday 25 September, says the Department of Conservation.


Hard hit tourism communities to benefit in $17m Jobs for Nature investment
20 Sep 2021   /

Hard hit tourism communities to benefit in $17m Jobs for Nature investment

Among the recipients of the Jobs for Nature funding is an operator who has secured $700k for a restoration project.


Govt injects $2m to re-open tracks closed due to kauri dieback
15 Sep 2021   /

Govt injects $2m to re-open tracks closed due to kauri dieback

DOC will contribute $1.9m funding from the Jobs for Nature programme to extend a Kauri dieback programme in Auckland.


DOC seeks info on Lake Manapouri hut vandals
15 Sep 2021   /

DOC seeks info on Lake Manapouri hut vandals

The Department of Conservation is looking for information about vandalism to huts in the Lake Manapouri area.


Marlborough races to repair tracks ahead of holidays
15 Sep 2021   /

Marlborough races to repair tracks ahead of holidays

Work is progressing to restore the flood-damaged Queen Charlotte Track and Link Pathway in the Marlborough region ahead of the school holidays in October.


Move over Great Walks – Great Sanctuaries Aotearoa is coming
14 Sep 2021   /

Move over Great Walks – Great Sanctuaries Aotearoa is coming

First it was the Great Walks, then Great Rides, now a new multi-regional sanctuaries experience is hoping to launch.


Great Walks set for summer surge, Whanganui Journey tops growth
10 Sep 2021   /

Great Walks set for summer surge, Whanganui Journey tops growth

The unique Whanganui Journey experience is topping demand growth this summer for the Department of Conservation’s Great Walks.


TECNZ to Nash: $115m needed to help tourism survive summer
7 Sep 2021   /

TECNZ to Nash: $115m needed to help tourism survive summer

The new funding for operators is needed in light of the latest lockdown and the likelihood of no international visitors over summer.


Jobs for Nature lifeline for operators, environment alike
6 Sep 2021   /

Jobs for Nature lifeline for operators, environment alike

The $1.3bn programme will help move the country up the value chain for when tourists return, says DOC’s Lou Sanson.


Penny Nelson appointed DOC director-general
31 Aug 2021   /

Penny Nelson appointed DOC director-general

She will be the first woman to hold the post in the department’s 34-year history.


Conservation Week goes online with virtual experiences
31 Aug 2021  

Conservation Week goes online with virtual experiences

People can enjoy the views on a virtual Great Walk and other online experiences during the 52nd annual Conservation Week on from 4-12 September.


Social distance for people and seals is 20 metres – DOC
26 Aug 2021   /

Social distance for people and seals is 20 metres – DOC

Seals are coming ashore during the winter season to rest in the Bay of Plenty need to be given space, says the Department of Conservation.


DOC seeks proposals for Tiritiri Matangi Island ferry service
25 Aug 2021   /

DOC seeks proposals for Tiritiri Matangi Island ferry service

The Department of Conservation is requesting proposals for a commercial ferry service to Tiritiri Matangi Island in the Hauraki Gulf.


DOC warns Coromandel boaties to stay home
25 Aug 2021   /

DOC warns Coromandel boaties to stay home

Boaties cruising around Coromandel’s Mercury Islands are being told to stay home as New Zealand’s Covid-19 restrictions continue.


Lockdown “shock” but the birds will be waiting – Pūkaha’s Emily Court
24 Aug 2021   /

Lockdown “shock” but the birds will be waiting – Pūkaha’s Emily Court

Wildlife centres have struggled during the pandemic but new markets are emerging, says Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre’s GM.


DOC warns boaties breaking level 4 in Hauraki
23 Aug 2021   /

DOC warns boaties breaking level 4 in Hauraki

The Department of Conservation is warning people using private vessels not to visit islands in the Hauraki Gulf while the country is at alert level 4.


Aoraki/Mount Cook SAR’s devices in malware attack
23 Aug 2021   /

Aoraki/Mount Cook SAR’s devices in malware attack

The Search and Rescue Base at Aoraki/Mount Cook suffered a malware attack last month involving five devices, according to the Department of Conservation.


Future of NZ tourism is back-country – DOC’s Lou Sanson
16 Aug 2021   /

Future of NZ tourism is back-country – DOC’s Lou Sanson

DOC’s departing boss on how tourism has changed during his tenure.


DOC clamps down on Great Walks tours pre-bookings
11 Aug 2021   /

DOC clamps down on Great Walks tours pre-bookings

The Department of Conservation is investigating six guided walking companies to ensure they have not made speculative pre-bookings or are occupying more than 50% of Great Walks hut space.


Mt Taranaki’s Around the Mountain Circuit could close for months
11 Aug 2021  

Mt Taranaki’s Around the Mountain Circuit could close for months

Mt Taranaki’s Around the Mountain Circuit could be closed for months, following damage to the track during storms in July.


Jobs for Nature: 200 projects, 1215 jobs to date
9 Aug 2021   /

Jobs for Nature: 200 projects, 1215 jobs to date

Around 200 projects have been approved in the Jobs for Nature programme to date since related funding was allocated to the Department of Conservation in Budget 2020.


Heaphy Track re-opens, but Queen Charlotte Track still closed
30 Jul 2021   /

Heaphy Track re-opens, but Queen Charlotte Track still closed

The Department of Conservation has re-opened the Heaphy Track following a week of repair work from storm damage.


Taranaki Maunga tracks close, ‘big clean-up’ in progress
29 Jul 2021   /

Taranaki Maunga tracks close, ‘big clean-up’ in progress

The Department of Conservation staff is clearing and rerouting tracks on Taranaki Maunga after severe storm damage, and damage assessment of the entire network of tracks was still underway.


Popular walking route resurface on track for Aug finish
28 Jul 2021  

Popular walking route resurface on track for Aug finish

Resurfacing of the popular Kauri Block Walkway in the Coromandel is slated to be complete by mid-August, says the Department of Conservation.


New IVL investments unlikely while borders stay shut – report
27 Jul 2021   /

New IVL investments unlikely while borders stay shut – report

Revenue collected in the first year to June 2020 was $57.3m, approximately 30% lower than the forecasted revenue of $82m.


Jobs for Nature projects create 165 jobs in Gisborne
27 Jul 2021   /

Jobs for Nature projects create 165 jobs in Gisborne

The announcement of four new Jobs for Nature projects in Gisborne is set to create 165 jobs over the next three years.


DOC to audit some concession holders
26 Jul 2021  

DOC to audit some concession holders

The Department of Conservation is carrying out a 12-month audit on some concession holders.


Zealandia a symbol of tangible regeneration – departing CEO Paul Atkins
23 Jul 2021   /

Zealandia a symbol of tangible regeneration – departing CEO Paul Atkins

Chief executive Paul Atkins says tangible evidence of regenerative possibilities has lasting impact on visitors.


DOC issues warning for unleashed dogs after kiwi death
23 Jul 2021   /

DOC issues warning for unleashed dogs after kiwi death

The Department of Conservation has warned that dogs must be kept on a leash while on conservation land, following the death of a kiwi.


DOC closes Heaphy Track because of storm damage
22 Jul 2021   /

DOC closes Heaphy Track because of storm damage

DOC says repair work underway but no estimate available for when the iconic track might be re-opened.


DOC funds 500+ Jobs for Nature roles
16 Jul 2021   /

DOC funds 500+ Jobs for Nature roles

Jobs funded through $34m allocation from Jobs for Nature Community and Private Land Biodiversity funds administered by DOC.


Conservation minister Kiri Allan returns to work
5 Jul 2021  

Conservation minister Kiri Allan returns to work

Kiri Allan returns to work today after making good progress in her cancer treatment.


Why we sold Fullers GreatSights – John Thorburn
1 Jul 2021   /

Why we sold Fullers GreatSights – John Thorburn

The decision to sell the Bay of Islands operator was a difficult one to make, says Entrada’s CEO.


MBIE launches tourism data hub with sustainability impact resource
1 Jul 2021   /

MBIE launches tourism data hub with sustainability impact resource

MBIE hopes to include more information from local governments going forward.


Police issue winter season safety reminder
1 Jul 2021   /

Police issue winter season safety reminder

The police have issued a reminder for people to follow basic safety advice when heading out into New Zealand’s back country this winter.


Larger protection areas needed in Hauraki Gulf plan – Jongejans
23 Jun 2021   /

Larger protection areas needed in Hauraki Gulf plan – Jongejans

Increasing protected sea areas from the current 9.8% to 30% has the potential to boost marine tourism, says a Northland operator.


Marine tourism under scrutiny in new Hauraki Gulf plan
22 Jun 2021   /

Marine tourism under scrutiny in new Hauraki Gulf plan

DOC could restrict interactions with marine mammals and will assess the capacity for increased tourism under the new strategy.


Ultimate Hikes: Milford Track accom still available
17 Jun 2021   /

Ultimate Hikes: Milford Track accom still available

Guided walking tours would start on 1 December and run through to 3 April 2022.


West Coast’s Treetop for sale with $5.8m of assets
15 Jun 2021   /

West Coast’s Treetop for sale with $5.8m of assets

The tourism business is the latest to come to market as longtime owners seek to exit.


Milford landing rights likely to rollover into 2022
14 Jun 2021   /

Milford landing rights likely to rollover into 2022

But the future of Milford’s airfield remains uncertain as stakeholders jockey for the tourism minister’s ear.


Mt Dobson applies for 40 year concession
4 Jun 2021  

Mt Dobson applies for 40 year concession

Ski field has around 18,000 visitors every winter.


DOC tracks closed, damaged due to floods
4 Jun 2021  

DOC tracks closed, damaged due to floods

Caution urged for long weekend amid warnings of washouts, slips, windfall and general flooding.


New app to support planning, safety on DOC tracks
4 Jun 2021   /

New app to support planning, safety on DOC tracks

The Mountain Safety Council has developed a new app with the support of the Police to assist with planning a walk or tramp.


DOC urges Waitomo visitors to report vandalism
28 May 2021  

DOC urges Waitomo visitors to report vandalism

The Department of Conservation is urging visitors to Waitomo’s Mangaokewa Reserve to report fly tipping, vandalism and suspicious behaviour as damage and dumping continues at the sacred location.