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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.


Perspectives: Sanson on eight years leading DOC
26 May 2021   /

Perspectives: Sanson on eight years leading DOC

In a message sent to stakeholders on Tuesday, Lou Sanson notes his highlights during his eight years in the post.


CEDA to seek investment for key tourism assets
26 May 2021   /

CEDA to seek investment for key tourism assets

The agency will look for funding for two tourism-related developments in the Manawatū.


DOC’s Lou Sanson sets departure date, to leave after eight years
25 May 2021   /

DOC’s Lou Sanson sets departure date, to leave after eight years

The director-general says he will leave on 13 September.


Large portion of Mackenzie to become conservation land
20 May 2021  

Large portion of Mackenzie to become conservation land

Area includes the Grampians and Godley Peaks.


Govt grants DOC $5.1m for EV fleet
14 May 2021   /

Govt grants DOC $5.1m for EV fleet

The Department of Conservation has received $5.1m from the government to purchase 148 electric vehicles and install charging infrastructure.


Nash nixes bed taxes, puts IVL under scrutiny
13 May 2021  

Nash nixes bed taxes, puts IVL under scrutiny

The tourism minister also wants to see an expansion of differential pricing across the sector for international visitors.


Te Anau Helicopter applies for 30 year lease at Milford Sound
12 May 2021   /

Te Anau Helicopter applies for 30 year lease at Milford Sound

DOC calling for submissions by 4 June.


DOC expands international pricing to more Great Walks
11 May 2021   /

DOC expands international pricing to more Great Walks

Weekend pricing has also been introduced for some high-use DOC huts.


DOC proposes hunter-led tahr control
11 May 2021   /

DOC proposes hunter-led tahr control

A hunter-led approach to tahr management in planning for South Rakaia/Rangitata.


Treaty-based management of DOC estate explored
10 May 2021  

Treaty-based management of DOC estate explored

Shifting control of the conservation estate to iwi could have implications for tourism.


Tracks re-open after lack of feral dog pack evidence
10 May 2021   /

Tracks re-open after lack of feral dog pack evidence

A group of popular Northland tracks have reopened due to actions taken to manage the threat of feral dogs, says the Department of Conservation.


Ticker Take: Will Nash’s plan transform tourism?
7 May 2021   /

Ticker Take: Will Nash’s plan transform tourism?

More recovery than regenerative, the plan introduces yet another initiative to reimagine tourism.


Ruahine Forest Park hut reopens with upgrades
7 May 2021   /

Ruahine Forest Park hut reopens with upgrades

The popular Sunrise Hut and Sunrise Track in the Ruahine Forest Park has reopened to the public, following renovations and improvements to the track.


DOC reopens popular Hacket Track – but only temporarily
30 Apr 2021   /

DOC reopens popular Hacket Track – but only temporarily

The Department of Conservation has re-opened the Hacket Track in the Mount Richmond Forest Park in Marlborough, with a temporary trail around a landslip on 13 April.


Review recommends change, shows Fish & Game has “work to do”
28 Apr 2021  

Review recommends change, shows Fish & Game has “work to do”

Reducing number of regional councils, lifting Māori representation among recommendations.


Consultation opens on Mt Ruapehu parking changes
28 Apr 2021  

Consultation opens on Mt Ruapehu parking changes

Changes to be implemented from winter, submissions close 21 May.


DOC, operators hope for smooth landing on Milford concessions
27 Apr 2021   /

DOC, operators hope for smooth landing on Milford concessions

Parties appear to be working together to avoid conflict, emphasizing process to ensure no surprises.


Safety first for Heaphy Track mountain biking – DOC
23 Apr 2021   /

Safety first for Heaphy Track mountain biking – DOC

Mountain bikers can ride the Heaphy Track in the Kahurangi National Park from 1 May to 30 November.


Tourist hotspots cool over summer – DOC
22 Apr 2021   /

Tourist hotspots cool over summer – DOC

But areas near urban centres saw strong growth in visitor numbers.


DOC calls for public submissions on marine sanctuary
21 Apr 2021  

DOC calls for public submissions on marine sanctuary

The Department of Conservation has invited the public to have their say on a proposed marine mammal sanctuary that would encompass the entire Bay of Islands.


DOC reopens Waikato track with upgrades
19 Apr 2021   /

DOC reopens Waikato track with upgrades

Waikato’s popular southern section of the Hakarimata Walkway can appeal to wider range of users.


DOC closes track near Nelson after landslip
15 Apr 2021   /

DOC closes track near Nelson after landslip

DOC yet to asses full extent of damage, no date for reopening given.


Feral dogs keep Northland tracks, campsite closed
9 Apr 2021   /

Feral dogs keep Northland tracks, campsite closed

The Department of Conservation will keep a number of tracks and the Twilight Campsite near Cape Reinga closed due to reports of feral dog sightings.


New kauri dieback sites found on Aotea/Great Barrier Island
8 Apr 2021   /

New kauri dieback sites found on Aotea/Great Barrier Island

The Department of Conservation is upgrading its tracks and installing hygiene stations on Great Barrier/Aotea Island after finding two new kauri dieback infected sites.


Iwi invited to have say on seaward extension
8 Apr 2021  

Iwi invited to have say on seaward extension

DOC is seeking input from iwi, hapū and whānau on its proposal to extend seaward boundaries in the Coromandel.


DOC waives media permits for conservation estate access
8 Apr 2021  

DOC waives media permits for conservation estate access

The Department of Conservation has decided that media should have the same access to conservation land that the public enjoy, and will no longer need to apply for a permit.


DOC closes campsite after asbestos found
7 Apr 2021  

DOC closes campsite after asbestos found

The Department of Conservation has temporarily closed the campsite at Awaroa/Godley Head near Lyttelton after dangerous levels of asbestos was found nearby.


Bay of Island tracks close to protect kauri
1 Apr 2021  

Bay of Island tracks close to protect kauri

The Whangamumu, Kauri Grove and Te Toroa Tracks on Cape Brett Peninsula in the Bay of Islands will be temporarily close to prevent the spread of kauri dieback disease.


Operators welcome sanctuary plan as private vessels pressure dolphins
31 Mar 2021  

Operators welcome sanctuary plan as private vessels pressure dolphins

Surge in recreational vessels partly to blame for dolphins leaving Bay of Islands, large operators support marine mammal sanctuary.