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Tongariro hikers urged to plan, prepare
3 May 2021  

Tongariro hikers urged to plan, prepare

The Department of Conservation and New Zealand Police are urging hikers to be prepared and plan for extreme winter conditions when hiking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Tongariro Northern Circuit.


DOC reopens popular Hacket Track – but only temporarily
30 Apr 2021   /

DOC reopens popular Hacket Track – but only temporarily

The Department of Conservation has re-opened the Hacket Track in the Mount Richmond Forest Park in Marlborough, with a temporary trail around a landslip on 13 April.


Safety first for Heaphy Track mountain biking – DOC
23 Apr 2021   /

Safety first for Heaphy Track mountain biking – DOC

Mountain bikers can ride the Heaphy Track in the Kahurangi National Park from 1 May to 30 November.


Tourist hotspots cool over summer – DOC
22 Apr 2021   /

Tourist hotspots cool over summer – DOC

But areas near urban centres saw strong growth in visitor numbers.


DOC reopens Waikato track with upgrades
19 Apr 2021   /

DOC reopens Waikato track with upgrades

Waikato’s popular southern section of the Hakarimata Walkway can appeal to wider range of users.


DOC closes track near Nelson after landslip
15 Apr 2021   /

DOC closes track near Nelson after landslip

DOC yet to asses full extent of damage, no date for reopening given.


Feral dogs keep Northland tracks, campsite closed
9 Apr 2021   /

Feral dogs keep Northland tracks, campsite closed

The Department of Conservation will keep a number of tracks and the Twilight Campsite near Cape Reinga closed due to reports of feral dog sightings.


Bay of Island tracks close to protect kauri
1 Apr 2021  

Bay of Island tracks close to protect kauri

The Whangamumu, Kauri Grove and Te Toroa Tracks on Cape Brett Peninsula in the Bay of Islands will be temporarily close to prevent the spread of kauri dieback disease.


DOC upgrades historic East Coast hut
18 Mar 2021   /

DOC upgrades historic East Coast hut

The 56-year-old Kahunui Hut in the Waioeka Conservation Area on the East Coast has been upgraded to help preserve the area’s heritage.


DOC adds Waikato hut to online booking system
18 Mar 2021   /

DOC adds Waikato hut to online booking system

Trampers to Waikato’s Pahautea Hut in Pirongia Forest Park are now asked to book their stay via DOC’s online booking system.


DOC starts new phase of Taranaki Crossing project
5 Mar 2021   /

DOC starts new phase of Taranaki Crossing project

The Department of Conservation has started construction of new boardwalks across the Pouakai Tarns and the Ahukawakawa wetland as part of its Taranaki Crossing project.


DOC opens popular track after upgrades
26 Feb 2021   /

DOC opens popular track after upgrades

The Department of Conservation has reopened the popular Mount William Walkway after closing it in November. 


Waitākere tracks reopen after kauri dieback upgrade
22 Feb 2021   /

Waitākere tracks reopen after kauri dieback upgrade

The Ōmanawanui and the Puriri Ridge tracks in the Waitākere Ranges have reopened after being upgraded to help combat the spread of kauri dieback.


Aucklanders complying with Kauri dieback rules
15 Feb 2021   /

Aucklanders complying with Kauri dieback rules

The message to Aucklanders to take more care of kauri forests appears to be hitting the mark, with non-compliant behaviour trending down across the region this summer.


Rob Roy Track reopens
12 Feb 2021   /

Rob Roy Track reopens

The track had been closed since July 2019 after a significant slip undercut the track, making it unsafe to access.


Go-ahead for $130m Wellington harbour shared pathway
9 Feb 2021  

Go-ahead for $130m Wellington harbour shared pathway

Construction of the cycling and walking path between Ngaūraunga and Petone is slated to start in the middle of the year, with completion expected in 2024.


Dangerous slip closes Rotorua walkway
9 Feb 2021  

Dangerous slip closes Rotorua walkway

The Eastern Okataina Walkway has been closed indefinitely due to a large slip and the risk of ongoing rockfall that is posing a significant safety risk to track users. says the Department of Conservation.


Popular Waikato tracks close for upgrades
3 Feb 2021   /

Popular Waikato tracks close for upgrades

Two tracks in Waikato’s popular Hakarimata Ranges will close this month for upgrades.


Police urge care on Tongariro Alpine Crossing
28 Jan 2021  

Police urge care on Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Police are urging walkers on the popular Tongariro Alpine Crossing to plan appropriately and be adequately prepared.


Advisor appointed to Remutaka Cycle Trail
18 Dec 2020   /

Advisor appointed to Remutaka Cycle Trail

Kim Young, who previously worked at Te Papa, would help develop the Remutaka Cycle Trail into the next “Great Ride” along the lines of other popular Great Rides such as the Otago Central Rail Trail and Alps 2 Ocean.


Govt invests $750k in Hawke’s Bay track
14 Dec 2020  

Govt invests $750k in Hawke’s Bay track

Work has begun to nearly double the length of popular Hawke’s Bay walking and cycling track, the Tukituki Trail.


New trail provides West Coast tourism boost
7 Dec 2020   /

New trail provides West Coast tourism boost

The trail would eventually traverse 55 kilometres of West Coast scenery from Westport, around Cape Foulwind to Charleston.


Popular Goldie Bush track closed for kauri dieback prevention
7 Dec 2020  

Popular Goldie Bush track closed for kauri dieback prevention

Te Taiapa/Goldie Bush tracks in the Auckland region are temporarily closed to plan track maintenance and protect kauri from the threat of kauri dieback disease.


New mountain bike trails launch at Hanmer Springs
7 Dec 2020  

New mountain bike trails launch at Hanmer Springs

Located in the Hanmer Forest Park, the new trails added to an existing network and included the 4km Tombstone trail, an advanced single-track that provided 185m of climbing followed by a 240m descent.


Partial track closures leave million dollar hole – Destination Fiordland
24 Nov 2020   /

Partial track closures leave million dollar hole – Destination Fiordland

The ongoing closure of the Milford and Routeburn tracks has the Fiordland economy $1m out of pocket, says Destination Fiordland manager Madeleine Peacock. 


RTOs, trusts, operators partner to promote southern trails
24 Nov 2020   /

RTOs, trusts, operators partner to promote southern trails

Enterprise Dunedin, Clutha Development and Tourism Central Otago have teamed up to promote the wider region as a premier trails destination.


Council grants $80k for access to Nelson recreation area
16 Nov 2020  

Council grants $80k for access to Nelson recreation area

The grant would allow for continued public access to the land, and as a contribution towards the staffing costs associated with managing the area.


More Kiwis head for the hills following lockdown – survey
5 Nov 2020   /

More Kiwis head for the hills following lockdown – survey

The initial findings of a survey carried out for Walking Access Aotearoa are good news for commercial tourism operators according to its lead researcher.


Kiwis now outnumber internationals on Te Araroa Trail
5 Nov 2020   /

Kiwis now outnumber internationals on Te Araroa Trail

Closed borders mean New Zealanders will outnumber international walkers on the Te Araroa Trail for the first time.


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.