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Hikers still flouting lockdown rules – DOC
8 Apr 2020   /

Hikers still flouting lockdown rules – DOC

Walkers and hikers in the Waikato are flouting Covid-19 lockdown rules, according to the Department of Conservation.


Civil Defence closes roads into Egmont National Park
6 Apr 2020   /

Civil Defence closes roads into Egmont National Park

Roads into Egmont National Park will be closed following an order by Civil Defence in a bid to combat Covid-19.


DOC closes huts, campsites, urges walkers to not use facilities
25 Mar 2020   /

DOC closes huts, campsites, urges walkers to not use facilities

The Department of Conservation is closing all huts and campsites.


Watch: DOC shutters huts, visitor centres
23 Mar 2020   /

Watch: DOC shutters huts, visitor centres

The Department of Conservation is temporarily closing its visitor centres to the public as of today, Monday 23 March, and will cancel all hut and campsite bookings from tomorrow.


Operator fined for illegal guiding
11 Mar 2020   /

Operator fined for illegal guiding

An operator specialising in tours for international students has been fined a total of $12,000 for illegally guiding on public conservation land, including two national parks.


Tourism award winner helps return turtle to the wild
6 Mar 2020   /

Tourism award winner helps return turtle to the wild

Kapiti Island Nature Tours joined the Department of Conservation to return Calvin, an endangered greenturtle, to the wild at Rangiputa in Northland.


Work to begin on $13.3m Taranaki Crossing project
6 Mar 2020   /

Work to begin on $13.3m Taranaki Crossing project

The first stage of the Taranaki Crossing development in Egmont National Park has begun.


DOC to review new southern cycle trails
4 Mar 2020   /

DOC to review new southern cycle trails

DOC will undertake a partial review of the Otago Conservation Management Strategy to consider whether new cycle and mountain bike trails could be developed on public conservation land in Otago.


Full Paparoa Track opens following damage delays
2 Mar 2020   /

Full Paparoa Track opens following damage delays

The Paparoa Track has fully opened after a slip and prolonged adverse weather left the middle section of the track closed since its official launch on 1 December last year.


Punakaiki redevelopment design work set to begin
2 Mar 2020   /

Punakaiki redevelopment design work set to begin

Design work on the upgrade of the visitor infrastructure at Punakaiki is set to begin.


Historic gun emplacements reopen after $440k upgrade
27 Feb 2020   /

Historic gun emplacements reopen after $440k upgrade

A surge in visitors is predicted for the Awaroa/Godley Head site overlooking Lyttelton Harbour.


DOC seizes drone after hail of hikers’ stones bring it down
26 Feb 2020   /

DOC seizes drone after hail of hikers’ stones bring it down

A tourist’s drone has been seized in in Tongariro National Park where they are forbidden.


Milford Track to partly reopen
20 Feb 2020   /

Milford Track to partly reopen

The Southern Milford-Mackinnon Experience will be on offer from next Wednesday.


Artists secure DOC conservation experiences
20 Feb 2020  

Artists secure DOC conservation experiences

Artists Denise Batchelor and Sarah Hunter have been offered Wild Creations funding and the opportunity to undertake a DOC conservation experience.


Feedback sought on marine reserves
18 Feb 2020   /

Feedback sought on marine reserves

Fisheries NZ and DOC are seeking feedback on proposed marine protected areas off the southeast coast of the South Island.


$1.5m lost on closed Gt Walks, bookings surge on Kepler, Rakiura
17 Feb 2020   /

$1.5m lost on closed Gt Walks, bookings surge on Kepler, Rakiura

The Department of Conservation has missed out on around $1.47m from cancelled bookings on its temporarily closed Milford and Routeburn tracks but many trampers have opted for other Great Walks.


New carpark and facilities open at Makarora
13 Feb 2020   /

New carpark and facilities open at Makarora

The Blue Pools new carpark and toilet block, on State Highway 6 near Makarora, the Otago side of the Haast Pass, will be opened from today.


DOC invests $3m+ in Coromandel upgrades
12 Feb 2020  

DOC invests $3m+ in Coromandel upgrades

DOC is investing more than $3m upgrading popular camping grounds at Waikawau Bay, Stony Bay and Fletcher Bay near the northern tip of the Coromandel Peninsula.


DOC launches ‘poo in a loo’ campaign at Abel Tasman
4 Feb 2020   /

DOC launches ‘poo in a loo’ campaign at Abel Tasman

The Department of Conservation has installed new signs along the Tasman National Park track to encourage hikers to use toilets.


DOC adds geo-targeting to summer campaign tactics
28 Jan 2020   /

DOC adds geo-targeting to summer campaign tactics

The Department of Conservation is using geo-targeting technology to manage visitor impact as part of its $150,000 behaviour in nature campaign, ‘Love this Place’.


Report: Visitor impact tops conservation concerns
24 Jan 2020  

Report: Visitor impact tops conservation concerns

Overseas visitor numbers and tourism’s impact on the environment are hot button issues, according to DOC.


DOC acknowledges Cape Kidnappers “frustrations and concerns”
24 Jan 2020  

DOC acknowledges Cape Kidnappers “frustrations and concerns”

The Department of Conservation has acknowledged the “frustrations and concerns” it has caused Gannet Beach Adventures after it suspended the operator’s concession to run tours at Cape Kidnappers. 


Hokitika Gorge Bridge work begins to create new loop walk
24 Jan 2020   /

Hokitika Gorge Bridge work begins to create new loop walk

Work has begun on the second bridge at Hokitika Gorge, which will link two sections of new track creating a one hour loop walk.


NZSki to charge for Remarkables Rd, draws ire of recreation group
22 Jan 2020   /

NZSki to charge for Remarkables Rd, draws ire of recreation group

Those using The Remarkables access road outside of the ski season will soon be charged $10 per vehicle after NZSki installed a new access gate.


Conservation Week winner helps with DOC efforts
21 Jan 2020  

Conservation Week winner helps with DOC efforts

A budding conservationist and her mother had a unique experience to learn about local threatened species and directly help with conservation efforts.


Cape Kidnappers operator faces closure
20 Jan 2020  

Cape Kidnappers operator faces closure

The 68-year-old business has had its DOC concession suspended.


Cycle trail to Bridge to Nowhere reopens
20 Jan 2020   /

Cycle trail to Bridge to Nowhere reopens

The Mangapurua section of the Mountains to Sea cycle trail has been reopened following extensive work by the Department of Conservation.


Aotea/Great Barrier tracks reopen after kauri dieback upgrades
17 Jan 2020   /

Aotea/Great Barrier tracks reopen after kauri dieback upgrades

Ten walks on Aotea/Great Barrier Island have reopened following upgrades to prevent the spread of kauri dieback disease.


DOC “stuck between concessionaires and Treaty partners” – Sanson
16 Jan 2020  

DOC “stuck between concessionaires and Treaty partners” – Sanson

The Department of Conservation is “stuck between concessionaires who want their rights” and its obligations to iwi, says Lou Sanson.


DOC urges campers to stick to no-fire rules
14 Jan 2020   /

DOC urges campers to stick to no-fire rules

As the hot weather ramps up, the Department of Conservation is urging people not to light fires in prohibited areas.


Hector’s dolphin found dead at Piopiotahi/Milford Sound
18 Dec 2019   /

Hector’s dolphin found dead at Piopiotahi/Milford Sound

A Hector’s dolphin has been found dead on the foreshore at the head of Piopiotahi/Milford Sound in Fiordland.


DOC launches $5m summer drive with $150k campaign
17 Dec 2019   /

DOC launches $5m summer drive with $150k campaign

The Department of Conservation has launched a new $150,000 campaign and is ploughing a record $5m extra spend into operations as it steps up its management of visitors to New Zealand’s great outdoors this summer.


DOC assessing routes following heavy rains
17 Dec 2019   /

DOC assessing routes following heavy rains

The Department of Conservation is assessing the future of foot access to Ball Hut and the Tasman Glacier after torrential rainfall. 


Year in Review: DOC’s Lou Sanson on moving towards regenerative tourism
16 Dec 2019   /

Year in Review: DOC’s Lou Sanson on moving towards regenerative tourism

DOC’s Lou Sanson on the impact of climate change, changing visitor behaviour, and moving beyond sustainable tourism.


Rare Hector’s dolphin spotted in Coromandel
12 Dec 2019   /

Rare Hector’s dolphin spotted in Coromandel

The fin of a rare Hector’s dolphin on the eastern seaboard of the Coromandel Peninsula has been sighted.


DOC, NZAC celebrate 30-year milestone
12 Dec 2019   /

DOC, NZAC celebrate 30-year milestone

The Department of Conservation and the New Zealand Alpine Club are celebrating 30 years of managing huts together in the West Matukituki Valley, Mt Aspiring National Park.


Paparoa Track opens with 77% bed nights sold
2 Dec 2019   /

Paparoa Track opens with 77% bed nights sold

More than 6600 bed nights have been snapped up on the newest Great Walk – 91% of them by New Zealanders.


DOC implements bad weather advisory system for Tongariro
22 Nov 2019   /

DOC implements bad weather advisory system for Tongariro

DOC has implemented an advisory system for ‘bad weather days’ on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing that will run until the end of the summer walking season.


Section of new Paparoa Track Great Walk closed due to slip
20 Nov 2019   /

Section of new Paparoa Track Great Walk closed due to slip

A ‘difficult-to-fix’ slip will mean the middle section of the new Paparoa Track will be closed when it opens on 1 December.


Popular Diamond Lake track reopens following repairs
18 Nov 2019   /

Popular Diamond Lake track reopens following repairs

The Diamond Lake Track near Wanaka has reopened following extensive repair work.


DOC upgrades Coromandel campsites
15 Nov 2019  

DOC upgrades Coromandel campsites

Upgrades to Northern Coromandel campgrounds have taken place over winter as the Department of Conservation looks to improve the long-term sustainability of Coromandel camping holidays.


New Te Araroa visitor pledge
7 Nov 2019   / /

New Te Araroa visitor pledge

Te Araroa trail walkers are being urged to take a pledge before embarking on the 3000km journey.


New bridge for popular Te Henga walkway
6 Nov 2019   /

New bridge for popular Te Henga walkway

A new bridge on West Auckland’s  Te Henga Walkway is now open, replacing the 30-year-old bridge on the popular coastal track.


DOC signs off Porirua Adventure Park
29 Oct 2019   /

DOC signs off Porirua Adventure Park

The Porirua Adventure Park has been given the green light following its final consent being signed off by the Department of Conservation.


Dolphin Seafaris receives sustainable accreditation
29 Oct 2019   /

Dolphin Seafaris receives sustainable accreditation

Dolphin Seafaris has been awarded the Department of Conservation’s Sustainable Marine Mammal Actions in Recreation & Tourism accreditation.


Concession cash jumps 12% – which operators paid DOC the most?
22 Oct 2019   /

Concession cash jumps 12% – which operators paid DOC the most?

Income from aircraft landings, ski areas, tourism occupations, and guiding grew significantly.


DOC: Icons get thumbs up as visitor demands grow
22 Oct 2019   /

DOC: Icons get thumbs up as visitor demands grow

New Zealanders remain largely satisfied with Department of Conservation major heritage and landscape attractions, despite concerns over the impact of increasing international visitor numbers, according to the department’s 2019 annual report.


Ten-strong IVL advisory group named
26 Sep 2019   / /

Ten-strong IVL advisory group named

Operators Grant Webster, Verity Webber, Kauahi Ngapora, and Dr Gerry McSweeney will help decide how funds from the visitor levy will be deployed.


DOC claims world first tri-lingual nature app launch
19 Sep 2019   /

DOC claims world first tri-lingual nature app launch

The Department of Conservation, in partnership with Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development, has launched what it says is a “world first” nature app that incorporates Te Reo Māori, Chinese and English translations.


New review to stall operators’ national park plans
7 Aug 2019   /

New review to stall operators’ national park plans

Operators planning products in some national parks may have a long wait ahead following a new order from the conservation minister.