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Pānui: Rāhui, Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Tuesday, 9 April 2024, 9:02 pm | Department of Conservation

It is with great sadness that Ngāti Hikairo ki Tongariro and Ngati Tūwharetoa acknowledge a recent death in Tongariro National Park. More >>

DOC Huts, Lodges And Campsite Bookings Open Tomorrow

Monday, 8 April 2024, 3:10 pm | Department of Conservation

Bookings for the 2024-25 season are staggered to give people making multiple bookings a better chance of securing their preferred dates. The season runs from 1 July 2024 to 30 June 2025. More >>

Here (should Not) Be Dragons

Thursday, 28 March 2024, 1:33 pm | Department of Conservation

A rogue Australian water dragon has been removed from Papaitonga Scenic Reserve near Levin, prompting the Department of Conservation to remind people not to dump unwanted pets on conservation land. Water dragons are a native Australian semi-aquatic ... More >>

Decapitated Great White Shark Highlights Concerns At Mahia

Wednesday, 20 March 2024, 8:11 pm | Department of Conservation

DOC is appealing for information from the public after a protected great white shark was found decapitated on Mahia beach on Friday 15 March. More >>

Changes To Great Walk Prices And DOC Discount Policies

Tuesday, 19 March 2024, 2:23 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation is increasing the price of Great Walk facilities. “It has been more than four years since prices were reviewed and upkeep costs have risen significantly since then,” says DOC’s Director of Heritage and Visitors, ... More >>

Jos Divis Cottage Restoration Celebrated

Friday, 15 March 2024, 12:23 pm | Department of Conservation

Family members from the Czech Republic were among those who gathered at the old gold mining township of Waiuta today to celebrate the restoration of Jos Divis’ old home. <img src="" ... More >>

Dog Attack Believed To Have Killed 19 Gulls In Kaikōura

Wednesday, 13 March 2024, 2:06 pm | Department of Conservation

Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura and the Department of Conservation are reminding people to control dogs in coastal areas after 19 gulls/tarāpunga were found dead at Kaikōura’s South Bay, seemingly killed by a dog or dogs. DOC South Marlborough Senior Biodiversity ... More >>

26-year-old Bat Could Be New Zealand’s Oldest

Monday, 4 March 2024, 12:43 pm | Department of Conservation

New Zealand’s oldest known long-tailed bat/pekapeka-tou-roa – at 26 years – was recorded this summer as part of a Department of Conservation monitoring programme in Fiordland. Known only as ‘T7787’, the tiny flying mammal was caught in a harp ... More >>

Conservationists Shocked At Theft Of Predator Traps At Okura Bush

Tuesday, 27 February 2024, 9:38 am | Department of Conservation

More than 25 predator traps have been stolen from the Okura Bush Scenic Reserve on Auckland’s North Shore, shocking conservation group Friends of Okura Bush, Te Kawerau ā Maki and the Department of Conservation (DOC). Predator Pest Control Coordinator ... More >>

Native Snails Heading For Extinction

Monday, 26 February 2024, 9:30 am | Department of Conservation

New Zealand has some of the most spectacular land snails in the world, but they’re sliding to extinction – and climate change is a major factor. The latest threat classification report on New Zealand’s carnivorous land snails shows that of the ... More >>

Public Could Help Solve Whanganui Mass Fish Death Mystery

Friday, 23 February 2024, 12:11 pm | Department of Conservation

  The public is being asked to provide crucial, ‘as-it-happens’ evidence that could help identify the cause of mass fish deaths in the Whanganui River catchment. Mass deaths of tuna/eels and other fish have been reported in the upper Whanganui ... More >>

Pure Tūroa Limited’s Public Hearings To Begin

Wednesday, 21 February 2024, 11:31 am | Department of Conservation

DOC will be holding public hearings on Pure Tūroa Limited’s concession application from Thursday 22 February – Tuesday 27 February. Deputy Director-General Policy and Regulatory Services Ruth Isaac says DOC received 477 submissions. “We would ... More >>

Complaints From Public Rise As Boats, Jetskis Get Too Close To Ocean Animals

Tuesday, 20 February 2024, 10:04 am | Department of Conservation

An increase in risky, potentially harmful encounters with marine mammals is prompting a call from Department of Conservation to the public to give dolphins and whales space on the water. DOC’s Marine Technical Advisor, Hannah Hendriks says DOC has ... More >>

Pike29 Memorial Track Opens

Friday, 16 February 2024, 1:12 pm | Department of Conservation

The Pike29 Memorial Track officially opened today with mountain bikers and walkers set to use it for the first time tomorrow. <img src="" width="720" height="540"> Pike River Family Members After ... More >>

Remote Kiwi Population Growing For First Time In Conservation History

Friday, 16 February 2024, 10:36 am | Department of Conservation

Kiwi numbers are increasing in a remote part of Fiordland for the first time in the history of their conservation, thanks to recent aerial predator control operations. <img src="" ... More >>

Leave Moulting Penguins Alone - DOC

Thursday, 15 February 2024, 2:49 pm | Department of Conservation

DOC is asking beachgoers and their dogs to give korora/little blue penguins space when they come ashore to moult. Korora adults come ashore between November and March to shed their feathers and grow a new waterproof coat, which takes about two to three ... More >>

Where’s Your Dog At? Call To Keep Dogs Safe By Not Letting Them Roam

Thursday, 8 February 2024, 11:36 am | Department of Conservation

Owners who prevent their dogs from roaming can sleep easier knowing their dog isn’t in danger. Save the Kiwi and the Department of Conservation Te Papa Atawhai are joining forces to encourage dog owners to make a pledge to prevent their dogs from roaming. ... More >>

Turtle Time Is A Long Time

Friday, 2 February 2024, 10:33 am | Department of Conservation

DOC is urging people to do their ‘due diligence’ before buying a pet red-eared slider turtle, as they pose a serious threat to native freshwater plants and animals if abandoned. <img src="" ... More >>

Waituna Wetland’s Vulnerability In The Spotlight

Thursday, 1 February 2024, 2:43 pm | Department of Conservation

The Awarua-Waituna Wetlands near Invercargill have incredible ecological and cultural value, but, as World Wetlands Day approaches, a concerning algal bloom illustrates wetland vulnerability. World Wetlands Day is celebrated each year on February 2. ... More >>

DOC Says Sharks May Visit Mass Stranding Site In Mahia, Caution Urged

Friday, 26 January 2024, 3:56 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation (DOC) is warning people to be cautious around the waters of the Mahia peninsula, as the remains of stranded whales and dolphins may attract sharks. A pod of about 45 false killer whales and bottlenose dolphins stranded ... More >>





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