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Arthur’s Pass national park visitor centre moves
18 Apr 2019  

Arthur’s Pass national park visitor centre moves

DOC has moved its visitor centre services ahead of a planned upgrade to the Arthur’s Pass national park visitor centre later this year.


DOC: Paparoa Track opening delayed
9 Apr 2019   /

DOC: Paparoa Track opening delayed

The opening of New Zealand’s tenth Great Walk, the Paparoa Track, has been pushed back by two months to allow more time for track construction.


Sanson: We got Cape Kidnappers wrong. Sorry.
5 Apr 2019   /

Sanson: We got Cape Kidnappers wrong. Sorry.

The track should never have been promoted as one of the NZ’s ‘great day walks’, says DOC’s director general.


Tourism is not paying for its true cost – Sanson
4 Apr 2019   /

Tourism is not paying for its true cost – Sanson

DOC’s director general calls out operators for not doing enough to protect the environment they profit from.


Sanson: Great Walks “flipped” back to majority Kiwi
3 Apr 2019   /

Sanson: Great Walks “flipped” back to majority Kiwi

NZers have “come back onto our tracks in droves” after overseas visitor fees were hiked, says DOC’s director general.


DOC reassures operators affected by Kahurangi expansion
14 Mar 2019   /

DOC reassures operators affected by Kahurangi expansion

New recreational activities will also be considered in a review of the park’s management plan.


Operators, NRDA elated at Kahurangi National Park expansion…
13 Mar 2019   /

Operators, NRDA elated at Kahurangi National Park expansion…

The expansion of Kahurangi National Park will help protect the added land for generations of visitors to come, say operators in the region.


…but a note of caution from one part of industry
13 Mar 2019   /

…but a note of caution from one part of industry

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DOC rejects NZSki criticism, points finger at operator’s planning
12 Mar 2019   /

DOC rejects NZSki criticism, points finger at operator’s planning

The Department of Conservation has rejected criticism that it was cause of delays to NZSki’s $16m chairlift upgrade at The Remarkables.


DOC and i-SITE share space at Rotorua
6 Mar 2019   /

DOC and i-SITE share space at Rotorua

Collaboration between the i-SITE Visitor Information Network and the Department of Conservation has stepped up a notch in Rotorua with the opening of a new DOC visitor information hub in the tourism hotspot’s central i-SITE.


Perspectives: Adapting to the challenges of growth – DOC
15 Feb 2019   /

Perspectives: Adapting to the challenges of growth – DOC

DOC’s new head of Heritage and Visitors, Steve Taylor, on the changes being made to ‘front foot’ the opportunities and risks of visitor growth. 


DOC pushes pause on national parks reviews
5 Feb 2019   /

DOC pushes pause on national parks reviews

DOC has delayed its review of its Aoraki/Mount Cook and Westland Tai Poutini national parks plans because of an iwi concessions case.


Bright lights, bird strike: Cruise moves to reduce ship lighting
24 Jan 2019   /

Bright lights, bird strike: Cruise moves to reduce ship lighting

Seabirds are being dazzled into crash landing on cruise ships in the Hauraki Gulf.


Beach access to Cape Kidnappers closed after rockfall injures tourists
24 Jan 2019   /

Beach access to Cape Kidnappers closed after rockfall injures tourists

The beach and access area to Cape Kidnappers are to remain closed following a slip that injured two Korean tourists. 


DOC revamps tourism unit, appoints new head
23 Jan 2019   /

DOC revamps tourism unit, appoints new head

The Department of Conservation has restructured its Recreation, Tourism and Heritage unit and has appointed a new director of the reformed division.


Watch: DOC launches $350k ‘Visit the Kiwi way’ campaign
17 Dec 2018   /

Watch: DOC launches $350k ‘Visit the Kiwi way’ campaign

Another effort imploring visitors to behave has been launched, this time by the Department of Conservation.


DOC’s new visitor strategy: what’s in it and when we can expect to see it
24 Oct 2018  

DOC’s new visitor strategy: what’s in it and when we can expect to see it

The Department of Conservation’s new plan to manage the growing numbers of visitors accessing New Zealand’s conservation estate is on track to be delivered this financial year, according to DOC’s just released 2018 annual report.


Air NZ – DOC partnership continues with $400k Paparoa Track pledge
12 Oct 2018   /

Air NZ – DOC partnership continues with $400k Paparoa Track pledge

The duo have this month agreed that the partnership will continue until 2022.


Kiwis urged to pass safety message to visitors
11 Oct 2018   /

Kiwis urged to pass safety message to visitors

New Zealanders are being urged to quiz visitors on their tramping plans and to offer advice following the death of a walker at Ruapehu last week.


DOC rejects claim of kiwi neglect at Cape Sanctuary
4 Oct 2018   /

DOC rejects claim of kiwi neglect at Cape Sanctuary

The Department of Conservation has rejected claims kiwis have been mishandled for the benefit of tourists at the country’s largest privately-owned conservation project.


Rāhui on Tongariro Alpine Crossing following death
3 Oct 2018   /

Rāhui on Tongariro Alpine Crossing following death

Visitors to the area are being urged to consider alternative walks while the temporary ban is in place.


Legal action to be taken if DOC approves Path’s Fiordland plan
25 Sep 2018   /

Legal action to be taken if DOC approves Path’s Fiordland plan

An opponent of the plan says that if it is approved it will become “a substantial test case in court”.


Skyline’s Franz Josef Glacier gondola finds favour with DOC
11 Sep 2018   /

Skyline’s Franz Josef Glacier gondola finds favour with DOC

The operator’s multi-million dollar proposal has taken a crucial step forward.


Planes, cars and buses: What’s in and what’s out of DOC’s Mt Cook plans
10 Sep 2018  

Planes, cars and buses: What’s in and what’s out of DOC’s Mt Cook plans

A new approach to the management of aircraft activity and swelling visitor numbers are included in the Department of Conservation’s proposals for two South Island national parks.


Delayed opening of new Great Walk to ‘align with summer season’
10 Sep 2018   /

Delayed opening of new Great Walk to ‘align with summer season’

The opening date for New Zealand’s tenth great walk has been pushed back from April 2019 until September the same year.


Three tracks battle it out to be named DOC’s new Great Walk
24 Aug 2018   /

Three tracks battle it out to be named DOC’s new Great Walk

Walking tracks in Northland, the Marlborough Sounds and Southland are fighting it out to be named the Department of Conservation’s new Great Walk of New Zealand.


$2m in two hours – DOC reaps rewards from new Great Walks service
17 Aug 2018   /

$2m in two hours – DOC reaps rewards from new Great Walks service

Milford Track had the highest demand on opening day of DOC’s new booking system.


Women dominate conservation board appointments
6 Aug 2018  

Women dominate conservation board appointments

Women dominate a list of 57 new appointments to New Zealand’s conservation boards – a key link between the Department of Conservation and the community.


Mystery deaths in Kaikōura whale population
31 Jul 2018   /

Mystery deaths in Kaikōura whale population

The deaths are the first ever recorded of identifiable individuals from the Kaikōura canyon population.


DOC earmarks another 34 track closures to combat kauri dieback
12 Jul 2018   /

DOC earmarks another 34 track closures to combat kauri dieback

Thirty-four tracks have been earmarked for full or partial closure by the Department of Conservation, which is seeking feedback on its latest attempt to combat kauri dieback disease.


DOC: Give the whale space
6 Jul 2018   /

DOC: Give the whale space

The Department of Conservation is warning keen whale watchers to keep at least 50m away from the rare southern right whale/tohora currently in Wellington Harbour.


Temporary track closures spread to Kauri Coast
19 Jun 2018   /

Temporary track closures spread to Kauri Coast

A number of tracks on the Kauri Coast are to be closed temporarily as the Department of Conservation continues to battle the spread of kauri dieback disease.


DOC launches new $3m booking service for Great Walks
11 Jun 2018   /

DOC launches new $3m booking service for Great Walks

The Department of Conservation has launched its new $3m online booking service for those wanting to tramp one of the country’s nine Great Walks.


i-SITEs, DOC visitor centres consider further collaboration
7 Jun 2018   /

i-SITEs, DOC visitor centres consider further collaboration

The i-SITE Visitor Information Network and Department of Conservation have held a workshop in Auckland to discuss further collaboration.


From frustration to full support – operators on the Great Walks fees hike
5 Jun 2018   /

From frustration to full support – operators on the Great Walks fees hike

A plan to double foreign tourist fees has met a mixed reception.


International visitor fees doubled on four Great Walks
2 Jun 2018   /

International visitor fees doubled on four Great Walks

Foreign tourists will soon have to pay up to $140 per night to stay at some huts along the country’s Great Walks.


Watch: Help name DOC’s newest Royal cam albatross
30 May 2018  

Watch: Help name DOC’s newest Royal cam albatross

For the third year running DOC is inviting people to help name the newest Royal cam albatross chick at the Taiaroa Head colony on Otago Peninsula.


DOC: International visitors – and challenges – continue to climb
25 May 2018  

DOC: International visitors – and challenges – continue to climb

Management and compliance issues have increased in NZ’s national parks.


“Unlawful” glacier landings to stop
24 Apr 2018  

“Unlawful” glacier landings to stop

The Federated Mountain Clubs of New Zealand is today declaring victory over the Department of Conservation’s decision to allow a massive number of helicopter landings on a remote Fiordland Glacier.


Mt Karioi tracks closed following myrtle rust find
3 Apr 2018   /

Mt Karioi tracks closed following myrtle rust find

DOC is closing the Mt Karioi summit tracks, near Raglan, following a confirmed finding of myrtle rust. It will be closed to the public until further notice.


DOC, Lincoln partner to manage growing tourism economy
12 Mar 2018   / /

DOC, Lincoln partner to manage growing tourism economy

Lincoln University and the Department of Conservation are teaming up to meet “a desperate need” in the parks and recreation sector.


DOC: Introducing the new Royal cam albatross family
8 Mar 2018   /

DOC: Introducing the new Royal cam albatross family

A new albatross family is centre stage on the Royal cam at Pukekura/Taiaroa Head on Otago Peninsula.


Thirty tracks proposed for Great Walk status
2 Feb 2018   / /

Thirty tracks proposed for Great Walk status

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Karangahake Gorge heritage site to get a new bridge
20 Dec 2017  

Karangahake Gorge heritage site to get a new bridge

The construction of a new pedestrian bridge over the Ohinemuri River at Karangahake Gorge Reserve carpark will begin in January 2018.


Tourists urged to take care on backcountry roads
19 Dec 2017  

Tourists urged to take care on backcountry roads

DOC is urging tourists to take care when driving on New Zealand’s backcountry roads ahead of what is expected to bumper summer season.


Support for Cape Foulwind conservation
18 Dec 2017  

Support for Cape Foulwind conservation

A project to protect native species and enhance the landscape of Cape Foulwind in Buller will be boosted by support from the DOC Community Fund.


DOC: Scorching southern summer a serious fire risk
4 Dec 2017  

DOC: Scorching southern summer a serious fire risk

Campers and outdoor enthusiasts are urged to be fire wise this summer as warm, dry weather persists in the south.


Kaikōura’s native species & conservation areas – a year later
14 Nov 2017   /

Kaikōura’s native species & conservation areas – a year later

DOC staff have had a busy year managing the impacts of the November 2016 earthquake on native species and conservation areas and that work continues.


Minister: Tourism wins over mining on DOC land
9 Nov 2017   /

Minister: Tourism wins over mining on DOC land

Conservation land should be protected for tourism and not be made available for mining, says the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage.


Air NZ on track with new Short Walks and Day Hikes
6 Nov 2017   /

Air NZ on track with new Short Walks and Day Hikes

Air New Zealand is expanding its long-term Department of Conservation partnership to boost conservation and biodiversity efforts on DOC’s new Short Walks and Day Hikes network.