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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.


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.


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.


Fiordland hunting efforts eradicate deer from conservation areas
17 Aug 2022   /

Fiordland hunting efforts eradicate deer from conservation areas

More than 430 female deer have been eradicated from conservation areas around Kaikiekie/Bradshaw Sound in western Fiordland.


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.


Conservation project “godsend” for Te Anau operators
25 Jul 2022   /

Conservation project “godsend” for Te Anau operators

Fiordland operators have been part of a monumental effort to rid the national park of more than 100,000 invasive weeds.


South Westland Jobs for Nature secures funding boost
22 Jul 2022   /

South Westland Jobs for Nature secures funding boost

The South Westland Jobs For Nature programme has been extended for another year thanks to total funding of $3.78m from the Department of Conservation until June 2023.


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.


Existing tourism concessions safe in West Coast proposals – DOC
30 May 2022   /

Existing tourism concessions safe in West Coast proposals – DOC

Proposed changes to the classification of stewardship land on the West Coast will not affect any existing rights or concessions already granted.


Work on Dolomite Point Experience Centre begins
30 May 2022  

Work on Dolomite Point Experience Centre begins

Work on the Experience Centre at the $26m Dolomite Point Redevelopment Project in Punakaiki is now underway.


DOC secures $60m from Budget 2022 for its visitor asset work – where is it going?
24 May 2022   /

DOC secures $60m from Budget 2022 for its visitor asset work – where is it going?

The $60m for visitor asset management will help to maintain DOC huts and other assets.


Greens criticise DOC over Waiheke marina
23 May 2022   /

Greens criticise DOC over Waiheke marina

The Department of Conservation has failed to protect native kororā, or penguins, on Waiheke Island, according Chlöe Swarbrick.


DOC to trial first national park visitor cap outside of Great Walks
13 May 2022   /

DOC to trial first national park visitor cap outside of Great Walks

The exact cap is still to be determined but local iwi has suggested 800, says DOC.


Commercial bookings take 1.4% of Great Walks availability – DOC
13 May 2022   /

Commercial bookings take 1.4% of Great Walks availability – DOC

Operators, businesses and agents accounted for 1.4% of all Great Walks bookings for the 2022-23 season, says DOC.


DOC re-opens Paparoa Track ahead of schedule
13 May 2022   /

DOC re-opens Paparoa Track ahead of schedule

The Department of Conservation has reopened a section of the Paparoa Track on the West Coast ahead of schedule.


Another Hector’s dolphin death – 15 in 6 months down south
11 May 2022   /

Another Hector’s dolphin death – 15 in 6 months down south

The Department of Conservation has reported the 15th dead Hector’s dolphin around the South Island since November last year.


Deep-sea cams explore life in Kaikōura Canyon
11 May 2022   /

Deep-sea cams explore life in Kaikōura Canyon

The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) has conducted a survey of the Kaikōura Canyon to help the Department of Conservation understand more about marine life inside and outside Hikurangi Marine Reserve.


Govt kicks off conservation estate concessions consultation
6 May 2022   /

Govt kicks off conservation estate concessions consultation

Operators may have a more efficient system to deal with if proposed changes proceed.


Kiwis snap up 80% of Milford Track bookings
5 May 2022   /

Kiwis snap up 80% of Milford Track bookings

Around 80% of the 7,480 Milford Track bookings for the 2022-23 season came from New Zealanders, says the Department of Conservation.


Milford Track books out in minutes as internationals return
3 May 2022   /

Milford Track books out in minutes as internationals return

Milford Track booked out in a quarter of an hour this morning after the Department of Conservation opened reservations for its 2022-23 Great Walks season.


Great Walks suffer 17% fall in overnight visitors over summer
28 Apr 2022   /

Great Walks suffer 17% fall in overnight visitors over summer

The decline has hit DOC in the pocket with revenue from its flagship experiences suffering.