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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Department of Conservation hut wardens are now in place on New Zealand’s newest Great Walk.
Parts of the storm-damaged Queen Charlotte Track will re-open on Saturday 25 September, says the Department of Conservation.
Among the recipients of the Jobs for Nature funding is an operator who has secured $700k for a restoration project.
DOC will contribute $1.9m funding from the Jobs for Nature programme to extend a Kauri dieback programme in Auckland.
The Department of Conservation is looking for information about vandalism to huts in the Lake Manapouri area.
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.
First it was the Great Walks, then Great Rides, now a new multi-regional sanctuaries experience is hoping to launch.
The unique Whanganui Journey experience is topping demand growth this summer for the Department of Conservation’s Great Walks.
The new funding for operators is needed in light of the latest lockdown and the likelihood of no international visitors over summer.
The $1.3bn programme will help move the country up the value chain for when tourists return, says DOC’s Lou Sanson.
She will be the first woman to hold the post in the department’s 34-year history.
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.
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.
The Department of Conservation is requesting proposals for a commercial ferry service to Tiritiri Matangi Island in the Hauraki Gulf.
Boaties cruising around Coromandel’s Mercury Islands are being told to stay home as New Zealand’s Covid-19 restrictions continue.
Wildlife centres have struggled during the pandemic but new markets are emerging, says Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre’s GM.
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.
The Search and Rescue Base at Aoraki/Mount Cook suffered a malware attack last month involving five devices, according to the Department of Conservation.
DOC’s departing boss on how tourism has changed during his tenure.
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 be closed for months, following damage to the track during storms in July.
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.
The Department of Conservation has re-opened the Heaphy Track following a week of repair work from storm damage.
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.
Resurfacing of the popular Kauri Block Walkway in the Coromandel is slated to be complete by mid-August, says the Department of Conservation.
Revenue collected in the first year to June 2020 was $57.3m, approximately 30% lower than the forecasted revenue of $82m.
The announcement of four new Jobs for Nature projects in Gisborne is set to create 165 jobs over the next three years.
The Department of Conservation is carrying out a 12-month audit on some concession holders.
Chief executive Paul Atkins says tangible evidence of regenerative possibilities has lasting impact on visitors.
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 says repair work underway but no estimate available for when the iconic track might be re-opened.
Jobs funded through $34m allocation from Jobs for Nature Community and Private Land Biodiversity funds administered by DOC.
Kiri Allan returns to work today after making good progress in her cancer treatment.
The decision to sell the Bay of Islands operator was a difficult one to make, says Entrada’s CEO.
MBIE hopes to include more information from local governments going forward.
The police have issued a reminder for people to follow basic safety advice when heading out into New Zealand’s back country this winter.
Increasing protected sea areas from the current 9.8% to 30% has the potential to boost marine tourism, says a Northland operator.
DOC could restrict interactions with marine mammals and will assess the capacity for increased tourism under the new strategy.
Guided walking tours would start on 1 December and run through to 3 April 2022.
The tourism business is the latest to come to market as longtime owners seek to exit.
But the future of Milford’s airfield remains uncertain as stakeholders jockey for the tourism minister’s ear.
Ski field has around 18,000 visitors every winter.
Caution urged for long weekend amid warnings of washouts, slips, windfall and general flooding.
The Mountain Safety Council has developed a new app with the support of the Police to assist with planning a walk or tramp.
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.