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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.


Tararua’s Waihi Falls track closed for upgrade
25 Feb 2020  

Tararua’s Waihi Falls track closed for upgrade

Tararua District Council is funding a safety upgrade at the Waihi Falls, off Horoeka Road east of Dannevirke.


Blue Light walker ends 3000km Te Araroa Trail trek
24 Feb 2020  

Blue Light walker ends 3000km Te Araroa Trail trek

Constable Gary Hayes crossed the finish line last Friday after an epic, near four-month trek the length of the country for police youth programme, Blue Light.


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.


Timber Trail swingbridge reopens
18 Feb 2020  

Timber Trail swingbridge reopens

The 36-metre Arataki swingbridge across the Mangakino Stream has reopened in time for the non-profit Tour Aotearoa bike-packing event.


$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.


Missing British tramper’s body found
17 Feb 2020  

Missing British tramper’s body found

Searchers have found missing hiker Stephanie Simpson’s body in the Pyke Creek area in Mount Aspiring National Park after a week searching.


A “wild, scary” night on Routeburn before trampers evacuated
5 Feb 2020   /

A “wild, scary” night on Routeburn before trampers evacuated

Dozens are airlifted from Fiordland National Park after a landslide crashes into a hut.


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.


NZ’s newest bike park set to open
21 Jan 2020   /

NZ’s newest bike park set to open

The South Island’s newest mountain biking adventure park opens today at Glendhu Bay, Wanaka.


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.


Police urge caution after trampers rescued
15 Jan 2020   /

Police urge caution after trampers rescued

At around 1.30 pm on 11 January, the Rescue Coordination Centre received an emergency locator beacon signal from the top of the Gillespie Pass, Mt Aspiring National Park.


Real Journeys launches inaugural Walter Peak event
15 Jan 2020   /

Real Journeys launches inaugural Walter Peak event

Registrations are open for the inaugural Walter Peak high country farm run, to be held in Queenstown on 29 February 2020.


New Waitaki Valley A2O cycle-way to open
14 Jan 2020   /

New Waitaki Valley A2O cycle-way to open

Cyclists of all abilities will be in for a treat when a newly built off-road cycle trail in the Waitaki Valley opens on 8 February.


Coromandel track and trail guide available again
14 Jan 2020  

Coromandel track and trail guide available again

The Your Coromandel Tracks and Trails Guide was available again after the Thames Coromandel District Council ran out of copies last year.


Auckland Council to open upgraded tracks
20 Dec 2019   /

Auckland Council to open upgraded tracks

Auckland Council will open several tracks ahead of the summer season following a year of work to address the kauri dieback problem in the west and south. 


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. 


$120,000 to progress Wairarapa-wide trail
17 Dec 2019   /

$120,000 to progress Wairarapa-wide trail

The Wairarapa Trails Action Group secured $120,000 to develop a region-wide recreation trail linking the five main Wairarapa towns.


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.


Man who died on guided Routeburn Track walk named
10 Dec 2019   /

Man who died on guided Routeburn Track walk named

Police have named the man who died after falling on the Routeburn track on Friday 6 December.


Man dies on guided Routeburn Track walk
9 Dec 2019   /

Man dies on guided Routeburn Track walk

The 70-year-old Australian fell on Friday while walking with Ultimate Hikes.