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DOC closes north Auckland walkway for summer
1 Dec 2022   /

DOC closes north Auckland walkway for summer

The Department of Conservation is keeping the 1.2 kilometre Omaha Cove Walkway north of Auckland closed for the summer due to a landslide earlier this month that damaged the track.


Albatross eggs disappear from Dunedin colony
15 Nov 2022   /

Albatross eggs disappear from Dunedin colony

Four eggs have gone missing from a toroa northern royal albatross colony at Taiaroa Head/Pukekura, near Dunedin.


Rare kiwi threatened by illegal National Park pig release
10 Nov 2022   /

Rare kiwi threatened by illegal National Park pig release

One of New Zealand’s rarest kiwi species, rowi, are under threat from pigs illegally released in Westland Tai Poutini National Park.


DOC to start ‘pack in, pack out’ waste policy at northern campgrounds
8 Nov 2022  

DOC to start ‘pack in, pack out’ waste policy at northern campgrounds

The Department of Conservation is introducing a ‘pack in, pack out’ waste management policy for its campgrounds in the wider Whangarei area.


Treefall threat forces DOC to close campsite
4 Nov 2022   /

Treefall threat forces DOC to close campsite

The Department of Conservation has closed the Graces Stream Campsite at Remutaka Forest Park near Wellington due to the threat of treefall.


DOC’s Haast job ad attracts thousands
3 Nov 2022  

DOC’s Haast job ad attracts thousands

Global media attention has resulted in more than 1,300 applications for a role as the Department of Conservation’s new biodiversity supervisor in Haast.


DOC closes another track due to erosion
14 Oct 2022   /

DOC closes another track due to erosion

The Department of Conservation has closed the Central North Island’s Arataki Track in Pureroa Forest Park due to landslip and erosion damage.


Jobs for Nature clocks up 2.5 million work hours
13 Oct 2022   /

Jobs for Nature clocks up 2.5 million work hours

More than 2.5 million work hours have been clocked up under the government’s $1.2bn Jobs For Nature programme.


Great Walks attract 73k visitors in 2021/22, demand still strong – DOC
12 Oct 2022   /

Great Walks attract 73k visitors in 2021/22, demand still strong – DOC

Visitor numbers at high-volume destinations such as Great Walks during 2021/22 remains below pre-pandemic levels despite strong domestic demand, says DOC.


DOC closes natural bridge walk
11 Oct 2022   /

DOC closes natural bridge walk

The Department of Conservation has closed the Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk in the Waikato region due to erosion risk.


DOC seeks to reduce risk to seabirds from ship lights
10 Oct 2022   /

DOC seeks to reduce risk to seabirds from ship lights

The Department of Conservation says it can work with the operators of ships at sea to prevent light from affecting the behaviour of birds.


Dolomite Point project already benefiting Punakaiki – DOC
6 Oct 2022  

Dolomite Point project already benefiting Punakaiki – DOC

Construction of the Department of Conservation’s new Experience Centre at the $26m Dolomite Point Redevelopment Project at Punakaiki is providing a boost for local accommodation and hospitality providers.


First tokoeka chick of the season hatches at Haast
29 Sep 2022   /

First tokoeka chick of the season hatches at Haast

The chick is one of around 550 Haast tokoeka, the rarest type of kiwi.


Consent sought for shared use trail on Mt Ruapehu
28 Sep 2022   /

Consent sought for shared use trail on Mt Ruapehu

Consent is being sought from the Department of Conservation for the development of a walking and cycling trail on the southern slopes of Mt Ruapehu.


Spectate or participate? DOC research examines visitor relationships with nature
22 Sep 2022   /

Spectate or participate? DOC research examines visitor relationships with nature

The Department of Conservation has identified two ‘types’ of visitors – those who spectate nature and those who participate in it.


Visitors urged to give Coromandel dotterels space
22 Sep 2022   /

Visitors urged to give Coromandel dotterels space

Beachgoers are putting threatened Opoutere dotterels and variable oystercatchers at risk of habitat destruction near a key nesting site in the Coromandel, says the Department of Conservation.


New cultural installations at Canterbury’s Castle Hill
21 Sep 2022   /

New cultural installations at Canterbury’s Castle Hill

Kura Tawhiti Castle Hill in Canterbury is now home to three new pou whenua installations that share narratives covering Ngāi Tūāhuriri/Ngāi Tahu history.


Climate change a threat to marine mammals’ food supply – DOC
19 Sep 2022   /

Climate change a threat to marine mammals’ food supply – DOC

Climate change could have a major impact on New Zealand’s marine mammals, with food supply identified as the biggest threat in a new report by the Department of Conservation.


Taranaki Crossing visitor centre set for $3m redevelopment
15 Sep 2022   /

Taranaki Crossing visitor centre set for $3m redevelopment

The Taranaki Crossing visitor centre is set to undergo a $2.9m redevelopment as work gets underway to improve the experience for people traversing 41 kilometres of tracks in the region.


Public hearings on DOC stewardship land changes to begin
8 Sep 2022  

Public hearings on DOC stewardship land changes to begin

Public hearings will get underway next week for the proposed reclassifications of 504 parcels of Department of Conservation stewardship land on the West Coast.


DOC seeks reports of rare Northland Hector’s dolphin sightings
7 Sep 2022   /

DOC seeks reports of rare Northland Hector’s dolphin sightings

A Hector’s dolphin has been spotted off the coastline around Northland and Auckland and the Department of Conservation is urging people in the area to report any sightings.


Rangers recruited in new marine reserve plan
6 Sep 2022   /

Rangers recruited in new marine reserve plan

A new marine reserve monitoring system and a network of rangers will make up the government’s new Marine Monitoring and Reporting framework.


THL’s Waitomo staff run conservation workshops
6 Sep 2022   /

THL’s Waitomo staff run conservation workshops

Waitomo Glowworm Caves visitor centre will host seven workshops as part of Conservation Week, run by Tourism Holdings staff employed through the government’s Jobs for Nature programme.


Hooker Valley Track reopens
5 Sep 2022   /

Hooker Valley Track reopens

Aoraki/Mt Cook’s Hooker Valley Track her now reopened to the public following heavy rain that eroded the riverbanks around the bridge in late August.


DOC mingles with community for Conservation Week
5 Sep 2022   /

DOC mingles with community for Conservation Week

Members of the Department of Conservation’s West Coast offices are banding together with their communities to celebrate Conservation Week and raise awareness of more than 4,000 at-risk plants and animals.


DOC highlights Tongariro, Milford key initiatives in new BIM for Williams
30 Aug 2022   /

DOC highlights Tongariro, Milford key initiatives in new BIM for Williams

Managing Tongariro Alpine Crossing and progressing the Milford Opportunities Project are highlighted as key initiatives by the Department of Conservation in its briefing to its new minister, Poto Williams.


Time to build tourism bridges that reconnect with nature – Becken
30 Aug 2022   /

Time to build tourism bridges that reconnect with nature – Becken

Businesses need to rethink their products and offer an immersion experience that connects people with nature and puts regenerative tourism first.


DOC moves into new Reefton field base office
29 Aug 2022  

DOC moves into new Reefton field base office

The Department of Conservation has opened its new field base office in Reefton after two years in the making.


Paparoa Track Great Walk access road damaged
26 Aug 2022   /

Paparoa Track Great Walk access road damaged

The Paparoa Track Great Walk came through last week’s rainstorms relatively unscathed but the access road on the Blackball side is damaged.


Erosion closes Aoraki Mt Cook National Parks Hooker Valley Track…
25 Aug 2022   /

Erosion closes Aoraki Mt Cook National Parks Hooker Valley Track…

The Hooker Valley Track in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park has been closed from its first swing bridge due to recent erosion.


…while top of the South Island tracks suffer rain damage
25 Aug 2022   /

…while top of the South Island tracks suffer rain damage

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Nearly 7k submissions on DOC’s reclassification of West Coast land
25 Aug 2022  

Nearly 7k submissions on DOC’s reclassification of West Coast land

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DOC reopens Boundary Hut in Southland
24 Aug 2022   /

DOC reopens Boundary Hut in Southland

The Department of Conservation has reopened Boundary Hut at Mavora Lakes, Southland.


Air NZ, DOC transport rare birds to new home
16 Aug 2022   /

Air NZ, DOC transport rare birds to new home

Air New Zealand and the Department of Conservation have helped six young tūturuatu shore plovers to make the journey from Cape Sanctuary in Hawke’s Bay to Auckland’s Motutapu Island.


QLDC seeks complete Wānaka landmark takeover
15 Aug 2022   /

QLDC seeks complete Wānaka landmark takeover

Queenstown Lakes District Council is making a play for the management of Mount Iron Scenic Reserve, currently under control of the Department of Conservation.


No risk to penguins from Waiheke wharf works – DOC
5 Aug 2022   /

No risk to penguins from Waiheke wharf works – DOC

The Department of Conservation says Waiheke Island residents need not be concerned about disruption to kororā/little penguin as maintenance work begins on the busy Matiatia Wharf.


DOC warns national park visitors to keep pets at home
4 Aug 2022   /

DOC warns national park visitors to keep pets at home

Keep cats, dogs and animal friends at home and out of national parks – that is the message from the Department of Conservation after trampers brought their cats up Mt Taranaki this week.


DOC seeks feedback on shark conservation plan
3 Aug 2022   /

DOC seeks feedback on shark conservation plan

The draft National Plan of Action Sharks 2022 focuses on conservation, management, and sustainability of sharks caught in New Zealand waters.


DOC extends stewardship land submission deadline
26 Jul 2022  

DOC extends stewardship land submission deadline

The Department of Conservation has extended the period for making submissions on proposed classifications for stewardship land on the West Coast by 20 working days to 23 August 2022.


DOC urges visitor care around native nesting birds
21 Jul 2022   /

DOC urges visitor care around native nesting birds

The Department of Conservation is asking visitors and their dogs to keep their distance from areas of gravel.


DOC sets date of Conservation Week
11 Jul 2022   /

DOC sets date of Conservation Week

The Department of Conservation has confirmed the annual Conservation Week will run from 5 – 11 September this year.


DOC seeks seal sightings in Hauraki Gulf, Coromandel
7 Jul 2022   /

DOC seeks seal sightings in Hauraki Gulf, Coromandel

Visitors and residents around the Hauraki Gulf and Coromandel are being asked to keep an eye for kekeno or New Zealand fur seals overthe next three months.


Review explores future of NZ’s largest recreation reserve
6 Jul 2022  

Review explores future of NZ’s largest recreation reserve

The Department of Conservation and Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura are collaborating on a plan for the future care of New Zealand’s largest recreation reserve.


DOC empowered to consider more Otago cycle trails
4 Jul 2022   /

DOC empowered to consider more Otago cycle trails

The Department of Conservation has been granted additional capability to consider bicycle trail proposals across public conservation land in Otago.


Antisocial antics threaten Hawke’s Bay hotspot
4 Jul 2022   /

Antisocial antics threaten Hawke’s Bay hotspot

Mangatutu Hot Springs in Hawke’s Bay could be closed if anti-social behaviour continues at the popular thermal pools and campsite.


DOC one NZ’s most attractive places to work – survey
22 Jun 2022  

DOC one NZ’s most attractive places to work – survey

The Department of Conservation has won second place in Randstad’s most attractive company to work for survey, for the second year running.


Proposed Tongariro Crossing visitor caps “unnecessarily low” – TIA
13 Jun 2022   /

Proposed Tongariro Crossing visitor caps “unnecessarily low” – TIA

DOC should delay plans to cap numbers on the walk as it could impact operators and regional visitation, says the association.


Stewart Island track renamed to honour Queen
7 Jun 2022   /

Stewart Island track renamed to honour Queen

A 58-metre walk on Rakiura, Stewart Island has been renamed in honour of Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.


DOC consults operators for island pest plan
2 Jun 2022   /

DOC consults operators for island pest plan

The Department of Conservation is consulting with tourism operators, iwi, community and landowners to tackle pest management on Ulva Island.


DOC closes Kahurangi cave for a year to protect spider
2 Jun 2022  

DOC closes Kahurangi cave for a year to protect spider

The Department of Conservation has closed Crazy Paving Cave in Kahurangi National Park for 12 months to protect the rare Nelson cave spider.