Visitors are increasingly taking part in a unique initiative to help preserve the Erua Forest beside the Tongariro National Park, says Visit Ruapehu.
The police have issued a reminder for people to follow basic safety advice when heading out into New Zealand’s back country this winter.
Walkers on the Marlborough District council’s track system were advised to exercise caution, as work continues to repair flooding and waterlogged surfaces.
Waimārama Road off-road cycle trail jointly funded by MBIE, district councils and community trust.
Caution urged for long weekend amid warnings of washouts, slips, windfall and general flooding.
The Mountain Safety Council has developed a new app with the support of the Police to assist with planning a walk or tramp.
The agency will look for funding for two tourism-related developments in the Manawatū.
Weekend pricing has also been introduced for some high-use DOC huts.
A group of popular Northland tracks have reopened due to actions taken to manage the threat of feral dogs, says the Department of Conservation.
The popular Sunrise Hut and Sunrise Track in the Ruahine Forest Park has reopened to the public, following renovations and improvements to the track.
Ngā Iwi o Taranaki have placed a rāhui on all access routes to the Mount Taranaki summit to acknowledge the fatalities of the Christchurch climbers on 4 May.
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.
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.
Mountain bikers can ride the Heaphy Track in the Kahurangi National Park from 1 May to 30 November.
But areas near urban centres saw strong growth in visitor numbers.
Waikato’s popular southern section of the Hakarimata Walkway can appeal to wider range of users.
DOC yet to asses full extent of damage, no date for reopening given.
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.
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.
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.
Trampers to Waikato’s Pahautea Hut in Pirongia Forest Park are now asked to book their stay via DOC’s online booking system.
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.
The Department of Conservation has reopened the popular Mount William Walkway after closing it in November.
The Ōmanawanui and the Puriri Ridge tracks in the Waitākere Ranges have reopened after being upgraded to help combat the spread of kauri dieback.
The Department of Conservation has built a hut on the West Coast to honour the late Dr Andrew Dennis.
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.
The track had been closed since July 2019 after a significant slip undercut the track, making it unsafe to access.
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.
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.
Two tracks in Waikato’s popular Hakarimata Ranges will close this month for upgrades.
DOC will expand the use of Covid-19 contact tracing QR codes after making them visible at all visitor centres and at serviced campsites.
Queenstown-based guiding company Ultimate Hikes has raised $125,000 for the Starship Foundation.
GCH Aviation’s Coastwide Helicopters has launched a new heli biking experience after purchasing a set of helicopter bike racks from Canada.
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.
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.
Work has begun to nearly double the length of popular Hawke’s Bay walking and cycling track, the Tukituki Trail.
Revenue was up 6% across all 10 Great Walks, compared to the same time last year despite the loss of international visitors.
The trail would eventually traverse 55 kilometres of West Coast scenery from Westport, around Cape Foulwind to Charleston.
Fiordland’s Milford Track has fully re-opened today after being damaged by a storm on 4-6 February.
The ongoing closure of the Milford and Routeburn tracks has the Fiordland economy $1m out of pocket, says Destination Fiordland manager Madeleine Peacock.
Enterprise Dunedin, Clutha Development and Tourism Central Otago have teamed up to promote the wider region as a premier trails destination.
The grant would allow for continued public access to the land, and as a contribution towards the staffing costs associated with managing the area.
The initial findings of a survey carried out for Walking Access Aotearoa are good news for commercial tourism operators according to its lead researcher.
Closed borders mean New Zealanders will outnumber international walkers on the Te Araroa Trail for the first time.
West Auckland walking tour operator Bush and Beach has run a free tour for a group of recent migrants.
The Department of Conservation has opened an additional 43 campsites and eight huts for online bookings ahead of the summer season.
The Department of Conservation is seeking feedback on new areas identified for cycle tracks and trails on public conservation lands and waters across Otago.
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.
From 2 November Mount Taranaki’s Pouakai Hut will move to online booking via the Department of Conservation’s website.
The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail is closed between Twizel and Omarama due to the large fire at Ohau.