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Jobs for Nature sees skydive staff upgrade track
21 Oct 2020   /

Jobs for Nature sees skydive staff upgrade track

Staff from Skydive Franz and Fox Glacier have been lending a hand to upgrade tracks in South Westland as part of the $1.3bn Jobs for Nature programme.


Ohau fire closes parts of Alps 2 Ocean trail
6 Oct 2020   /

Ohau fire closes parts of Alps 2 Ocean trail

The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail is closed between Twizel and Omarama due to the large fire at Ohau.


Cape Kidnappers access on track for Labour Weekend
5 Oct 2020   /

Cape Kidnappers access on track for Labour Weekend

The Department of Conservation and Hastings District Council say visitor risk management work at Cape Kidnappers/Te Kauae-a-Māui should be completed by Labour Weekend, allowing people to access the DOC track.


Waitomo walk finalist in Keep NZ Beautiful Awards
2 Oct 2020   /

Waitomo walk finalist in Keep NZ Beautiful Awards

Waitomo’s Ruakuri Nature Walk is a finalist in the 2020 Keep New Zealand Beautiful Awards.


Northland tourism project shares $30m PGF funding
23 Sep 2020   /

Northland tourism project shares $30m PGF funding

The Government will inject nearly $30m from the Provincial Growth Fund into 11 projects across the Northland region.


Visitor motivations and our most popular walks – DOC survey
22 Sep 2020   /

Visitor motivations and our most popular walks – DOC survey

A Department of Conservation survey found that mental and physical health plus desire for connection with nature were the main motivations for people spending time outdoors.


Police urge trampers to be prepared as weather warms
11 Sep 2020  

Police urge trampers to be prepared as weather warms

Police are reminding trampers to keep themselves safe as the weather warms up.


Backcountry huts get $2m restoration funding
4 Sep 2020  

Backcountry huts get $2m restoration funding

The Backcountry Trust’s programme to repair and maintain huts, tracks and bridges in some of New Zealand’s more remote places is getting a $2m boost from the Government’s $1.3bn Jobs for Nature programme.


Te Araroa partners with Walking Access Commission
27 Aug 2020   /

Te Araroa partners with Walking Access Commission

Te Araroa Trust and the Walking Access Commission have joined forces to work on the Trust’s length-of-New Zealand trail.


Waitakere trespassers “selfish” – Auckland mayor
24 Aug 2020  

Waitakere trespassers “selfish” – Auckland mayor

People walking on closed tracks in the Waitakere Ranges can expect to be issued with trespass notices, warns Auckland mayor Phil Goff.


New walk and cycleway for Mahia Peninsula
24 Aug 2020   /

New walk and cycleway for Mahia Peninsula

Once completed the project would create a 24km loop track that would begin and end at Mahia Beach.


New walking experience for West Coast – DOC
18 Aug 2020   /

New walking experience for West Coast – DOC

A new loop track and bridge has been opened at Hokitika Gorge, creating a one-hour walking experience.


Trust appointed to improve Te Araroa trail
11 Aug 2020  

Trust appointed to improve Te Araroa trail

The regional trust will work closely with Te Araroa Trust to enhance the 450km section of the trail that passes through the Northland region.


Wellington, Wairarapa trails secure $16m for upgrades
6 Aug 2020   /

Wellington, Wairarapa trails secure $16m for upgrades

Two walking and cycleway paths in Wellington and Wairarapa have been granted a total of $16m from the Government $220m shovel-ready cycleways package.


Milford, Routeburn Great Walks to reopen this summer
3 Aug 2020   /

Milford, Routeburn Great Walks to reopen this summer

The tracks were extensively damaged by an extreme weather event in February 2020.


Nature and Nosh launches couples-focused gourmet hiking escapes
23 Jul 2020   /

Nature and Nosh launches couples-focused gourmet hiking escapes

The Waikato tourism operator has launched a suite of couples-focused gourmet hiking escapes as part of its domestic tourism push.


Work begins on new Marlborough cycle trail
23 Jul 2020   /

Work begins on new Marlborough cycle trail

The trail was part of a wider vineyard cycling network developed in partnership with the Renwick Smart and Connected Bike Walk Group.


DOC “scaring people” from Cape Kidnappers – operator
16 Jul 2020   /

DOC “scaring people” from Cape Kidnappers – operator

Gannet Beach Adventures hits back at claims it is unsafe to use a DOC track to visit the area’s popular gannet colony.


Timber Trail shelter targeted by vandals again – DOC
16 Jul 2020   /

Timber Trail shelter targeted by vandals again – DOC

DOC is urging visitors to Pureora Forest to report damage and suspicious behaviour after a shelter was targeted by vandals for a second time.


DOC, HDC: Walk Cape Kidnappers track ‘at own risk’
15 Jul 2020   /

DOC, HDC: Walk Cape Kidnappers track ‘at own risk’

The Department of Conservation and Hastings District Council will reopen the Cape Kidnappers/Te Kauae-a-Māui track later this year, allowing walkers to access the track at their own risk.


Washout closes popular BOP track
15 Jul 2020   /

Washout closes popular BOP track

A section of track at the Fairbrother Loop in Ōhope Scenic Reserve has been made impassable due to a washout, meaning visitors will no longer have a loop option while repairs are made over the next few weeks.


Popular Lake Daniell hut rebuilt and open for visitors
7 Jul 2020   /

Popular Lake Daniell hut rebuilt and open for visitors

The Department of Conservation has rebuilt a hut at Lake Daniell in the Maruia Valley on the West Coast.


First phase of multi-million-dollar river path underway
6 Jul 2020   /

First phase of multi-million-dollar river path underway

Phase one of a multi-million-dollar investment in Hamilton’s central city river path has begun.


NTT’s Hollyford Track experience to reopen Jan 2021
2 Jul 2020  

NTT’s Hollyford Track experience to reopen Jan 2021

Ngāi Tahu Tourism’s three-day wilderness experience on the Hollyford Track in Fiordland will reopen in January 2021.


Bush and Beach launches virtual tours
30 Jun 2020   /

Bush and Beach launches virtual tours

The tour operator has launched the first in a series of virtual tours, showcasing highlights of its Wilderness Experience tour of the Waitakere Ranges in Auckland.


Record bookings for Great Walks – DOC
18 Jun 2020   /

Record bookings for Great Walks – DOC

New Zealand’s Great Walks have attracted a record number of bookings with a 36% increase in overall reservations, says the Department of Conservation.


Mangorei Track upgrade marks Taranaki Crossing milestone
18 Jun 2020   /

Mangorei Track upgrade marks Taranaki Crossing milestone

The first section of the Mangorei Track, part of the Taranaki Crossing Project, has been completed.


Work to begin on Kawatiri Coastal Trail
17 Jun 2020   /

Work to begin on Kawatiri Coastal Trail

Work is set to begin on a 5.5km section of the Kawatiri Coastal Trail from Westport to Carters Beach.


DOC closes Bridal Veil Falls in Raglan for animal control
11 Jun 2020   /

DOC closes Bridal Veil Falls in Raglan for animal control

The Department of Conservation has today closed Wairēinga/Bridal Veil Falls, near Raglan, to enable contractors to safely control goats in the area.


Great Walks open for bookings
8 Jun 2020   /

Great Walks open for bookings

Bookings for the Great Walks will open between 9 and 11 June, excluding Milford and Routeburn tracks which are still undergoing storm repairs.


Ultimate Hikes sets opening dates, discounts prices for Milford, Routeburn
5 Jun 2020   /

Ultimate Hikes sets opening dates, discounts prices for Milford, Routeburn

Ultimate Hikes will open for the season on the 17 December and run through until 5 April 2021.


Queenstown trails usage surges 250% during Covid-19 lockdown
4 Jun 2020  

Queenstown trails usage surges 250% during Covid-19 lockdown

More than 160,000 walkers and cyclists hit the trails in Queenstown during alert level 4, says Queenstown Trails Trust.


Trampers urged to book even though hut capacity increased
2 Jun 2020   /

Trampers urged to book even though hut capacity increased

The Department of Conservation has lifted the capacity of its huts.


DOC reopens popular summit track
29 May 2020   /

DOC reopens popular summit track

The Hakarimata Summit Track in the Waikato has reopened to the public.


Routeburn, Milford get $14m for repairs, target summer reopening
18 May 2020   /

Routeburn, Milford get $14m for repairs, target summer reopening

Repairs are expected to be completed on the Routeburn and Milford tracks in time for summer, according to the minister of conservation Eugenie Sage.


Popular Waikato track to remain closed under level 2
14 May 2020   /

Popular Waikato track to remain closed under level 2

The Hakarimata Summit Track in the Waikato will remain closed under alert level 2, says the Department of Conservation. 


Old Ghost Road open for virtual tours
8 May 2020   /

Old Ghost Road open for virtual tours

The 85km Old Ghost Road on the South Island’s West Coast has been captured to create an interactive 360-degree virtual tour for Google Earth Voyage.


DOC mea culpa on track overhang removal
6 May 2020   /

DOC mea culpa on track overhang removal

The Department of Conservation has admitted it “didn’t get it right” regarding the decision to remove the rock overhang on the Truman Track in Paparoa National Park in August last year.


Cave Creek lessons remembered 25 years on
28 Apr 2020   /

Cave Creek lessons remembered 25 years on

The Department of Conservation is highlighting the legacy of its safety systems as it remembers those killed in the Cave Creek platform collapse 25 years ago.


DOC sets out level 3 conservation estate activity
24 Apr 2020   /

DOC sets out level 3 conservation estate activity

The Department of Conservation will resume limited field work when New Zealand moves to Covid-19 alert level 3, and there will be a slight widening of public access to the conservation estate.


Trail users urged to stick to lockdown rules
9 Apr 2020   /

Trail users urged to stick to lockdown rules

The Queenstown Lakes District Council is reminding track and trail users to stick to Covid-19 lockdown rules, especially social distancing.


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.


Marlborough closes mountain biking trails
31 Mar 2020   /

Marlborough closes mountain biking trails

Following recent rainfall, and discussion with the Marlborough Mountain Bike Club, the local council has decided to close its mountain bike parks in Blenheim’s Wither Hills Farm Park and Picton’s Victoria Domain.


DOC calls on Hakarimata hikers to stop going ‘over the top’
30 Mar 2020   /

DOC calls on Hakarimata hikers to stop going ‘over the top’

Hikers are urged to stay off the Hakarimata Summit Trail managed by the Department of Conservation and Waikato District Council.


Marlburians urged to enjoy outdoor tracks but to stay in ‘bubble’
30 Mar 2020   /

Marlburians urged to enjoy outdoor tracks but to stay in ‘bubble’

Marlborough residents are being encouraged to enjoy the region’s open spaces but reminded to stay in their “bubble” when using them and not to take any risks.


Hiker burned after walking into steam vent
10 Mar 2020  

Hiker burned after walking into steam vent

A hiker suffered burns after he and his partner walked off the marked track at Emerald Lake on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.


Routeburn Track partially reopens for trampers
5 Mar 2020   /

Routeburn Track partially reopens for trampers

Walkers will be offered a replacement Routeburn Great Walk from 12 March as it remains partially closed following storm damage.


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.


Hahei to Cathedral Cove walkway gets $450k boost
25 Feb 2020  

Hahei to Cathedral Cove walkway gets $450k boost

The Mercury Bay Community Board has recommended the council approve a further stage of the Te Ara o Hei Walkway.


Fire risk forces closure of Marlborough tracks
25 Feb 2020   /

Fire risk forces closure of Marlborough tracks

The hot dry summer has forced the closure of most tracks in the Wither Hills Farm Park, including the Mountain Bike Park.