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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.


Conservationist honoured by DOC with new hut
19 Feb 2021  

Conservationist honoured by DOC with new hut

The Department of Conservation has built a hut on the West Coast to honour the late Dr Andrew Dennis.


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.


DOC to expand use Covid QR codes
27 Jan 2021   /

DOC to expand use Covid QR codes

DOC will expand the use of Covid-19 contact tracing QR codes after making them visible at all visitor centres and at serviced campsites.


Ultimate Hikes raises $125k for Starship
22 Jan 2021  

Ultimate Hikes raises $125k for Starship

Queenstown-based guiding company Ultimate Hikes has raised $125,000 for the Starship Foundation.


New West Coast heli biking experience lifts off
11 Jan 2021   /

New West Coast heli biking experience lifts off

GCH Aviation’s Coastwide Helicopters has launched a new heli biking experience after purchasing a set of helicopter bike racks from Canada.


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.


Iwi, DOC launch Tongariro campaign
16 Dec 2020   /

Iwi, DOC launch Tongariro campaign

Visitors to Tongariro National Park are being asked to respect the values of the mountain in a new campaign from Ngāti Hikairo ki Tongariro and the Department of Conservation.


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.


Great Walks bookings up 23%, revenue up 6% – DOC
9 Dec 2020  

Great Walks bookings up 23%, revenue up 6% – DOC

Revenue was up 6% across all 10 Great Walks, compared to the same time last year despite the loss of international visitors.


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.


Milford Track fully re-opens
30 Nov 2020  

Milford Track fully re-opens

Fiordland’s Milford Track has fully re-opened today after being damaged by a storm on 4-6 February.


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.


Bush and Beach introduces migrants to NZ nature, water safety
4 Nov 2020  

Bush and Beach introduces migrants to NZ nature, water safety

West Auckland walking tour operator Bush and Beach has run a free tour for a group of recent migrants.


DOC adds huts, campsites online as Great Walks open
27 Oct 2020   /

DOC adds huts, campsites online as Great Walks open

The Department of Conservation has opened an additional 43 campsites and eight huts for online bookings ahead of the summer season.


DOC seeks feedback on conservation land cycle tracks
27 Oct 2020   /

DOC seeks feedback on conservation land cycle tracks

The Department of Conservation is seeking feedback on new areas identified for cycle tracks and trails on public conservation lands and waters across Otago.


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.


Bookings for busy mountain hut goes online
7 Oct 2020   /

Bookings for busy mountain hut goes online

From 2 November Mount Taranaki’s Pouakai Hut will move to online booking via the Department of Conservation’s website.


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.


For small operators, innovation only way to survive – Janet Oldham
23 Sep 2020   /

For small operators, innovation only way to survive – Janet Oldham

For small operators, being innovative is the only way to stay afloat, says Janet Oldham of Great Walks of New Zealand.


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.


Some Waitakere tracks reopen as kauri plan progresses
22 Sep 2020   /

Some Waitakere tracks reopen as kauri plan progresses

Opening up the walks restored access to the Karamatura Falls.


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.


DOC grant funds Taranaki tracks and traps
10 Sep 2020   /

DOC grant funds Taranaki tracks and traps

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Mutunga has gained a $48,144 grant for a range of work in the Taramoukou Conservation Area in the northern Taranaki.    


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.


Milford Track 97% full in first hour of bookings
19 Aug 2020   /

Milford Track 97% full in first hour of bookings

Bookings opened at 9.30am yesterday with 500 made in the first 5 minutes and more than 1000 after the 10-minute mark.


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.


Nats pledge new national parks, Great Walks
12 Aug 2020  

Nats pledge new national parks, Great Walks

National will allow more commercial activities on the conservation estate if they deliver a net conservation gain.


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.


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.