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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.


Sanson: Milford Sound being sold too cheap
6 Aug 2019  

Sanson: Milford Sound being sold too cheap

One of the most iconic landscapes on the planet must move up the value chain as visitor numbers boom, says DOC’s director-general.


DOC rangers selected to attend World Ranger Congress
1 Aug 2019   /

DOC rangers selected to attend World Ranger Congress

The Department of Conservation has picked four rangers to attend the World Ranger Congress in Nepal on 12-16 November. 


West Coast DOC ranger recognised on World Ranger Day
31 Jul 2019   /

West Coast DOC ranger recognised on World Ranger Day

The Department of Conservation’s senior ranger and supervisor, Suvi van Smit, is the 2019 winner of the Stephen O’Dea Developmental Award.


DOC seeks volunteers to help with Fox clean-up
12 Jul 2019  

DOC seeks volunteers to help with Fox clean-up

The Department of Conservation is seeking volunteers to help with the clean-up of the Fox Glacier landfill riverbed on the West Coast.


DOC closes 10 more tracks to combat kauri dieback
10 Jul 2019  

DOC closes 10 more tracks to combat kauri dieback

All of the 10 tracks in the Bay of Islands have been closed permanently.


Great Walks bookings up 10% on 2018/19 season
19 Jun 2019   /

Great Walks bookings up 10% on 2018/19 season

Around 9000 Great Walks bookings have been made in the week since the 2019/20 season bookings opened on 11 June, said the Department of Conservation.


Great Walks: Milford Track books out for most of summer
12 Jun 2019   /

Great Walks: Milford Track books out for most of summer

Milford Track is now full from mid-November to mid-February after bookings opened yesterday.


DOC legal issues stalls West Coast, Paparoa commercial operations
31 May 2019   /

DOC legal issues stalls West Coast, Paparoa commercial operations

Commercial operators using the West Coast Te Tai o Poutini and hoping to access Paparoa Track when it opens in December have been thrown a curve-ball as a result of the Department of Conservation running into legal issues.


Operators: Stick to the process, minister
22 May 2019   /

Operators: Stick to the process, minister

Operators weigh in after Eugenie Sage pours cold water on “high intensity” activities on the conservation estate.


“High intensity” tourism not needed on conservation land – Sage
21 May 2019   /

“High intensity” tourism not needed on conservation land – Sage

The minister on Skyline’s glacier gondola, accommodation proposals and “tranquility mapping” the national parks.


Conservation estate bucks slowing visitor number trend
16 May 2019   /

Conservation estate bucks slowing visitor number trend

Increasing numbers of visitors continue to flock to New Zealand’s conservation estate, growing at more than double the pace of overall New Zealand visitor numbers, according to the Department of MORE »


Great Walks price differential trial to run again
10 May 2019   /

Great Walks price differential trial to run again

DOC raked in more money and saw more domestic but fewer international visitors on its Great Walks this season.


DOC: Rotorua checks show more than a third of operators non-compliant
9 May 2019   /

DOC: Rotorua checks show more than a third of operators non-compliant

More than a third of the tourism operators using the conservation estate in parts of the Bay of Plenty did not have a concession, says the Department of Conservation.


Sanson: NZ’s tourism system wasn’t set up to cope with recent growth
29 Apr 2019   /

Sanson: NZ’s tourism system wasn’t set up to cope with recent growth

DOC’s Director General on the agency’s work with industry, managing compliance, and planning for future growth.


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.