The upgrade has been slowed by supply chain issues, weather conditions, and arduous terrain.
The Department of Conservation says it is continuing cleanup work on land in Southland and Otago affected by floods last week.
Visitors to Nelson Lakes are urged to be on the lookout for kea in the region and report their sightings to the Department of Conservation.
Foresty slash was swept into upper Queenstown during the biggest downpour in 24 years, which prompted the declaration of a state of emergency.
The Department of Conservation and Ngāti Hei are once again urging the public to respect warnings and a rāhui around the walking tracks at Coromandel Cove.
A new booking system is being put in place for Tongariro Alpine Crossing visitors, although it will be voluntary for the 2023/24 season.
New Zealand’s Wildlife Act will be revamped to better protect native species and improve biodiversity, says Conservation Minister Willow-Jean Prime.
The Department of Conservation is seeking information about a shooting that killed a two-year-old sea lion on a Dunedin beach.
The National Party has promised a new Great Walk in Canterbury, longer Department of Conservation concessions, and more flexible working visas with faster processing.
RealNZ has raised $175,000 from its annual Conservation Ball to help establish a new population of the critically endangered orange-fronted parakeet kākāriki karaka.
The Department of Conservation has opened consultation on a plan to restore and revive the Rakitata (Rangitata) River in Canterbury.
A collapsed section of a historic stone retaining wall on the West Coast has been reassembled by the Department of Conservation in partnership with geotech experts.
DOC is also warning visitors to stay away from the famous arches due to the danger.
Department of Conservation rangers and police are increasing patrols at Whakaipo Bay, Taupō, following a spate of damaging off-road driving.
The Department of Conservation has apologised and is making changes to the way it handles complaints and manages permits following kiwi deaths at Cape Sanctuary.
The continued closure of walking tracks around one of Coromandel’s most popular natural attractions poses a challenge but marine access still offers an excellent experience.
The Department of Conservation expects to determine the fate of the popular Coromandel hotspot Cathedral Cove next week.
Christchurch operator Jet Junkies has pulled its application for jet ski tours to view marine mammals in Whakaraupō Lyttelton Harbour.
The Department of Conservation is seeking suppliers to identify ways to manage road access to Milford Sound Piopiotahi and to identify a park and ride system for the popular destination.
The Department of Conservation has closed a 60-metre section of the Hongi Hika track at Kerikeri due to dangers from tree fall.
Opening day bookings for the Heaphy Track topped 7,500 bednights – almost three times the total for last year, says the Department of Conservation.
International visitor interest in the Routeburn Track have soared, with bookings for the popular Great Walk up to 34% from just 18% last year.
Bookings for the Routeburn Track were the busiest so far of the Great Walks, says the Department of Conservation.
The Department of Conservation is streamlining its job application system, enabling candidates to choose their specific areas of interest and availability.
The party says a ‘Huts of Recreational Importance’ initiative will help maintain accommodation on the DOC estate.
The Department of Conservation has closed 15 tracks in the Kaimai Ranges after the detection of the pathogen that causes kauri dieback disease.
International visitors made up 35% of bed nights on Fiordland’s Kepler Track after the first day of bookings for the Great Walk, up from 20% last year.
Bookings for the Kepler Track Great Walk have jumped on last year.
Bookings for the Whanganui Journey are expected to increase compared to last year, says the Department of Conservation.
Bookings for the Abel Tasman Coast Track opened to strong demand.
The Department of Conservation is upgrading one of Rakiura Stewart Island’s most popular viewing spots with a new platform and safety barrier.
Great Walks bookings for the Paparoa Track numbered more than 1,000 in the first half hour of opening on Thursday, according to the Department of Conservation.
Almost a quarter of bednights on the Tongariro Circuit Great Walk were booked by international visitors, according to interim figures from the Department of Conservation.
The Department of Conservation is calling for people to get involved with the 54th annual Conservation Week next month.
Demand for the Tongariro Northern Circuit Great Walk has jumped compared to last year after Great Walks bookings finally reopened.
The Department of Conservation is seeking assistance with identifying the riders of three quad bikes who illegally rode through and got stuck along the Wilkies Pools Track at Egmont National Park in May.
Great Walks bookings reopened at 9.30am today after being delayed from April due to a faulty booking system.
Around 500 tracks and visitor sites were damaged by extreme weather over summer.
The Department of Conservation is requesting people who head out on the water this winter to pick up loose fishing items and protect migrating whales.
The Department of Conservation and Auckland Council are warning the public that many tracks remain closed in and around the Waitākere Ranges despite the road cordon to Muriwai being lifted.
The Department of Conservation will reopen bookings for the Great Walks 2023/24 season from 11 July.
Travellers are being asked to keep an eye out for fur seals around coastlines and coastal roads as young ones become independent and leave their breeding colonies.
The Department of Conservation, pet insurance company PD Insurance, and SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s have partnered to educate the public on cohabitation between dogs and marine life.
The Department of Conservation will take more time to ensure its Great Walks booking system will work as intended before it reopens to the public, probably in July.
Air New Zealand has been named Randstad’s Most Attractive Employer.
Great Walks visitor numbers for the 2022/23 summer jumped by almost a fifth compared to the previous season, driven by the return of internationals.
The Department of Conservation is temporarily closing three popular walking bridges in the Wānaka area for safety reasons.
Te Puia’s NZMACI receives nearly $6m and the Major Events Fund almost $18m.
Gannet Beach Adventures permanently shut its doors last week after a four year struggle to stay open.
The iconic Cape Kidnappers operator shuts its doors for good, frustrated at ongoing disruptions.