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DOC closes north Auckland walkway for summer
1 Dec 2022   /

DOC closes north Auckland walkway for summer

The Department of Conservation is keeping the 1.2 kilometre Omaha Cove Walkway north of Auckland closed for the summer due to a landslide earlier this month that damaged the track.


Big award win, new investments propel Hollyford Wilderness Experience into busy summer
18 Nov 2022   /

Big award win, new investments propel Hollyford Wilderness Experience into busy summer

An almost fully-booked summer is ahead for Hollyford Wilderness Experience, and with newly-renovated accommodation, back-end investments and a win at the New Zealand Tourism Awards, there is much to get on with.


Ultimate Hikes opens season, marks 30 years on Milford Track
16 Nov 2022   /

Ultimate Hikes opens season, marks 30 years on Milford Track

Ultimate Hikes has officially opened its 2022/23 hiking season and is marking its 30th year of operation on the popular Milford Track.


Auckland’s first accessible wetland opens
2 Nov 2022  

Auckland’s first accessible wetland opens

Auckland’s largest wetland is now home to an accessible boardwalk, created with the help of the Jobs for Nature programme.


Proposed Glacier Country $57m trail could attract 39k visitors annually – report
1 Nov 2022  

Proposed Glacier Country $57m trail could attract 39k visitors annually – report

The experience could generate $161m in West Coast visitor spend over its initial 25 years.


Police, DOC urge people to choose outdoor adventures wisely
27 Oct 2022   /

Police, DOC urge people to choose outdoor adventures wisely

The warning comes after two people were rescued from the Tongariro Alpine Crossing on Sunday after they became exhausted and realised the track was beyond their abilities.


DOC closes another track due to erosion
14 Oct 2022   /

DOC closes another track due to erosion

The Department of Conservation has closed the Central North Island’s Arataki Track in Pureroa Forest Park due to landslip and erosion damage.


Feedback sought on proposed mountain bike park
13 Oct 2022   /

Feedback sought on proposed mountain bike park

Marlborough District Council is seeking public feedback on a proposed mountain biking skills area and tracks in the Wither Hills Farm Park.


Great Walks attract 73k visitors in 2021/22, demand still strong – DOC
12 Oct 2022   /

Great Walks attract 73k visitors in 2021/22, demand still strong – DOC

Visitor numbers at high-volume destinations such as Great Walks during 2021/22 remains below pre-pandemic levels despite strong domestic demand, says DOC.


DOC closes natural bridge walk
11 Oct 2022   /

DOC closes natural bridge walk

The Department of Conservation has closed the Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk in the Waikato region due to erosion risk.


Consent sought for shared use trail on Mt Ruapehu
28 Sep 2022   /

Consent sought for shared use trail on Mt Ruapehu

Consent is being sought from the Department of Conservation for the development of a walking and cycling trail on the southern slopes of Mt Ruapehu.


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.


Rotorua mountain bike visitors worth extra 600 jobs by 2026 – report
6 Sep 2022   /

Rotorua mountain bike visitors worth extra 600 jobs by 2026 – report

Mountain bikers could be generating more than $200m in annual visitor spend in the region in four years.


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.


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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Waiheke Walking Festival returns
18 Aug 2022   /

Waiheke Walking Festival returns

The Walk Waiheke charitable trust has announced dates for its annual Waiheke Walking Festival, which will take place from 10 – 20 November.


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.


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.


$300k pedestrian, cycle trail work to begin
1 Aug 2022   /

$300k pedestrian, cycle trail work to begin

Construction is about to get underway on a connector trail that will link the Buller Bridge with the Toki Poutangata Bridge.


Mt Maunganui to close for cultural installations
15 Jul 2022   /

Mt Maunganui to close for cultural installations

Sections of Tauranga’s Mt Maunganui Mauao will be closed to the public next week as works get underway to place new wayfinding signage and cultural touchpoints across the mountain.


First phase of Ngā Ara Tipuna history trail completed
6 Jul 2022   /

First phase of Ngā Ara Tipuna history trail completed

The first phase of the Ngā Ara Tipuna history trail in Central Hawke’s Bay is now complete.


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.


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 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.


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.


Trustees sought for Te Araroa walking trail
2 May 2022   /

Trustees sought for Te Araroa walking trail

Te Araroa Wellington Trust is on the hunt for two new trustees to help govern the section of the Te Araroa walking track running from near Levin to the South Coast of Wellington.


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.


Popular Hawke’s Bay track closed by landslide
27 Apr 2022   /

Popular Hawke’s Bay track closed by landslide

The Department of Conservation has closed a section of the Tangoio Falls in Hawke’s Bay due to recent weather events.


Watch: Celebrating 30 years of Great Walks
26 Apr 2022   /

Watch: Celebrating 30 years of Great Walks

Get ready for the opening of bookings for Great Walks 2022-23.


Lodge worker found dead at Milford Track named
20 Apr 2022  

Lodge worker found dead at Milford Track named

Police have named the man who died last month while on a day tramp near the northern end of the Milford Track.


Skyline Queenstown launches guided walks
8 Apr 2022   /

Skyline Queenstown launches guided walks

Skyline Queenstown has launched Skyline Guided Walks at Ben Lomond.


DOC lifts vax requirements for accommodation
5 Apr 2022   /

DOC lifts vax requirements for accommodation

The Department of Conservation is suspending its requirement for people to be fully vaccinated to use its accommodation, in line with updated public health guidance.


Hump Ridge Track’s Great Walk upgrade begins
5 Apr 2022   /

Hump Ridge Track’s Great Walk upgrade begins

The upgrade of Hump Ridge Track to Great Walk status is underway, with the first spade hitting the ground in Southland this week.


Ultimate Hikes mourns loss of staff member
4 Apr 2022   /

Ultimate Hikes mourns loss of staff member

A rāhui is in place in the Giant Gate Falls and the Lake Ada area until 17 April.


Bookings required for Pigeon Island getaways
1 Apr 2022   /

Bookings required for Pigeon Island getaways

Visitors to Pigeon Island/Wāwāhi Waka on Lake Whakatipu who wish to stay in the hut overnight will now need to book online in advance with Queenstown Lakes District Council.


Watch: Wellington’s Skyline Walkway
31 Mar 2022  

Watch: Wellington’s Skyline Walkway

Journey along Wellington’s highest peaks between Johnsonville and Karori.


Search continues for missing tramper on Milford Track
30 Mar 2022   /

Search continues for missing tramper on Milford Track

The search for a missing tramper in Milford Sound will continue today with additional search and rescue personnel being brought into assist.


DOC bookings open April, Great Walks in May
16 Mar 2022   /

DOC bookings open April, Great Walks in May

The Department of Conservation will open bookings in April for its huts, lodges and campsites for the 2022-23 season.


Support urged for $50m cycle trail
11 Mar 2022  

Support urged for $50m cycle trail

Matakana Coast Trail Trust is urging people to make a submission to Auckland Council to support the proposed $50m Pūhoi to Mangawhai cycle trail.


Landslip closes part of Remutaka Cycle Trail
10 Mar 2022   /

Landslip closes part of Remutaka Cycle Trail

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DOC optimistic of uplift as Great Walks revenue falls 6%
8 Mar 2022   /

DOC optimistic of uplift as Great Walks revenue falls 6%

The department has missed out on almost $1m from its Great Walks, compared to the mostly pre-Covid 2019-20 season.


DOC starts salvage of Heaphy Bridge
7 Mar 2022   /

DOC starts salvage of Heaphy Bridge

The first stage of work in repairing storm damage to the Heaphy Track will begin late next week, the Department of Conservation has confirmed.


Covid cases close Whanganui Journey Great Walk
3 Mar 2022   /

Covid cases close Whanganui Journey Great Walk

The Department of Conservation has closed the Whanganui Journey Great Walk due to confirmed cases of Covid-19 among a group of paddlers.


Heaphy Track partially closed for months – DOC
11 Feb 2022   /

Heaphy Track partially closed for months – DOC

Through-trips on the Heaphy Track will not be possible for several months following severe damage caused by torrential rain last week.


Severe storm damage closes Heaphy Track
10 Feb 2022   /

Severe storm damage closes Heaphy Track

The Heaphy Track is closed following torrential rain last week that severely damaged parts of the track.