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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.


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.