It sounds like a bad joke. What is green, stringy and lurks at the bottom of Waituna Lagoon? The answer is Ruppia. Or it should be. But right now the future is not looking very green for this aquatic plant.
Follow your guide on a hosted journey on some of New Zealand's most special tracks until you reach your place of stay, with all the comfort and style to help you rest and be ready for another day of adventure.
If you missed getting tickets to see the latest looks from designers such as Kate Sylvester, NOM*d* and Juliette Hogan, we’ve got your back, with this exclusive show from our very best designer… nature.
The Department of Conservation (DOC) has released a new brochure called Explore Rotorua featuring maps and information on walking, hiking, camping, and mountain biking in the local area.
5 conservation volunteers have been awarded DOC scholarships to attend a 21-day Outward Bound course.
Today’s photo of whitebaiters in the surf near Okarito River mouth, reminds us that the annual whitebait season is about to get started.
Partnerships were celebrated over the weekend with the opening of the new Taupō community conservation complex.
What path does a person take to become a mountaineering legend? Guy Mckinnon talks about his journey.
Jak is retiring after giving 84 dog years of active service, conserving pest free islands and sanctuaries throughout New Zealand.
Nina Mercer explores Coppermine Creek, in the south eastern reaches of Ruahine Forest Park.
Hewn through steep hill country 100 years ago as a stock route, the Pakihi Track on the East Coast of New Zealand’s North Island, is now a magnificent wilderness ride.
Fonterra and the Department of Conservation (DOC) are a year into their 10 year partnership to improve the Waituna catchment and marked the moment with a Community Open Day.
Today marks the start of Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori / Māori Language Week (July 21—27).
Ever wondered what DOC rangers do in a typical busy day? Well, Rangers Daryl and Keith help look after a wonderful piece of New Zealand’s bush very close to Wellington.
New Zealand Aluminium Smelter staff member, Allan Broomhall, has a rare encounter with a hand reared kākāpō chick prior to its release into the wild.
A day out on a boat fishing might sound like the perfect way to spend a day, but on a recent trip to Ulva Island/Te Wharawhara Marine Reserve scientists were dropping a line to conduct some important research.
An enthusiastic bunch of Tongan kiwifruit workers learned some new skills and lent a helping hand to a planting project on Motu Trails’ Dunes Trail cycleway recently.
Fight for kiwi is organised by Kiwis for kiwi, an organisation that provide funding and support for kiwi groups around the country.
The planning forum for marine protected areas on the south east coast of the South Island has met for the first time.
The Tennyson Inlet Boat Club has put talk into action and given an old hut a new lease of life.
Rangers Mirella Pomeroy and Myles Riki were out in Saltwater Forest on the West Coast last week completing the local annual mudfish (Neochanna apoda) survey.
Sirocco - The Film has recently been nominated for a Panda Award, dubbed the ‘Green Oscars’, at the Wildscreen Film Festival.
A brand new hut at Maropea Forks in the Ruahine Ranges is now available for use following a blessing by by Ngati Hinemanu me Ngati Paki recently.
Kaitaia ranger Denice Gillespie gives us an update on two green turtles, released in the Far North during Seaweek.
Meet Teviot flathead galaxias, one of the five species of New Zealand native freshwater fish, whose threat of extinction has recently been listed as nationally critical—the highest threat category…
Special legislation is to be passed by Parliament to enable the recovery of high value native timber blown over in Cyclone Ita on West Coast public conservation land.
The volunteers involved with the Ki Uta Ki Tai programme make a huge contribution to conservation in the Karitane area.
"The hard work is balanced by the opportunity to be around some passionate, knowledgeable people, and interact with and learn more about takahē, kākāpō, giant weta…" Sorrel Hoskin writes about her time volunteering on Maud Island.
Volunteers on the Chatham Islands have the experience of a life-time, staying and working on isolated, entry-restricted nature reserves. Their contributions are invaluable, as they help get more conservation work done.
Kurt writes about his day volunteering on Matiu/Somes Island—a great way to see the island and at the same time play his part in helping to protect and restore it.
National Volunteer Week is New Zealand's largest celebration of volunteering and civic participation.
Chrissy Wickes recently walked up to Aspiring Hut. This is a two and a half hour walk up the beautiful West Matukituki Valley.
DOC’s Bronwyn Aalders recently spent a week on Codfish Island helping the Kākāpō Recovery team and had the privilege of meeting Maggie the kākāpō, who was tragically killed in a landslide last week.
New Zealand’s newest marine reserve in Akaroa Harbour was formally opened by Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith, and local MP and Environment Minister Amy Adams to coincide with World Oceans Day.
The application to build and operate a $240 million monorail in Fiordland has been declined by Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith.
Enjoy a visual feast of 'inspired by nature' album covers for New Zealand Music Month.
In May 2014 Project Janszoon transferred 12 captive raised kākāriki to the Abel Tasman National Park from Lochmara Lodge in the Marlborough Sounds.
Island Biodiversity is the theme for today's International Day for Biological Diversity. To celebrate, DOC ranger Tansy Bliss writes about her job protecting the biodiversity on New Zealand's Chatham Islands...
DOC manages a network of over 950 huts and they all have a story to tell. Today, we learn the story behind Bog Inn Hut, in Pureora Forest…
Biodiversity Ranger, Wayne Beggs, tells us about the team effort going on to protect penguins at Banks Peninsula in Canterbury.
Three precious kākāpō chicks are coming to Arrowtown for a 'once in a lifetime' public viewing on Friday 23 May.
So how do three desk bound National Office staff come to have a live kiwi in their boot?
Christchurch has a unique opportunity to reinvent itself as a green city. Catch a glimpse of what it could look like with the Imagine app and your smartphone or tablet.
Wētāpunga are very large insects, unique to New Zealand. When fully grown they can even be heavier than a mouse or sparrow.
During a recent stint in the field, the orange-fronted parakeet team spent four days monitoring the population of parakeets that have been released on Maud Island in the Marlborough Sounds
Tony Whitaker passed away in February 2014. He was a herpetologist (studied reptiles and amphibians); a passionate advocate for conservation of, and research on, lizards; and a great friend of the Department.
From Saturday 3 May 2014, for one week only, you can view kākāpō chick Heather One at Auckland Zoo.
Tararua Forest Park has almost 50 backcountry huts, and the best? Blue Range Hut of course.
About six months ago some of my Wellington friends and I decided to cycle the Otago Central Rail Trail. Coming from Dunedin, I love Central Otago and wanted to spend more time there and share the experience with my North Island friends.
For the first time ever, the global public will be able to watch kākāpō nesting activity live, thanks to a special partnership between Telecom NZ and Kākāpō Recovery.
What do an All Black and a DOC takahē ranger have in common? Tricky footwork and some good catching skills! DOC's Helen Dodson talks takahē on the Conservation Blog.
Once known as the Desert Block, the newly formed Mata-au Scientific Reserve looks barren from a distance but tiny threatened plants and rare beetles thrive in this remnant semi-arid ecosystem once common in the Upper Clutha.
The Mangakara Walk, 30 minutes from Hamilton, is only 1.5 km and is the ideal place for a crash course in identifying our native trees.
11 brown kiwi have been given a new home on Motutapu Island in the Hauraki Gulf in the biggest ever single translocation of Coromandel brown kiwi.
Recently 40 Otago Polytechnic students from the Scarfie Army did something different during their first week back in Dunedin. As well as the usual toga parties and raves, these energetic scarfies spent two days volunteering.
While marine reserves are traditionally marked with white triangles, unique, individually carved poupou marine reserve markers have been installed across Fiordland.
A Community Conservation Partnership Fund to support the work of voluntary organisations undertaking natural heritage and recreation projects has just been launched.
Recently, we lost a “totara” for conservation. Tiki the conservation dog passed away at the prime age of 11 (human) years.
Today, Sydney-based photographer Tim Donnelly tells us the story behind the epic image he gifted us for our Wildside New Zealand promotion…
The arrival of Heather One there and five hatchings on Whenua Hou/Codfish Island means the total number of kākāpō chicks to successfully hatch this season, is six.
The Government has just announced a new marine reserve, whale and fur seal sanctuary, five customary fishing areas and amateur fishing regulations to improve the management of Kaikoura’s coast and ocean.
Weighing just 173 grams, the smallest kiwi chick ever to have hatched at Rotorua’s Rainbow Springs Kiwi Encounter has now arrived and is doing well.
Six local primary schools joined a group of homeschool pupils to celebrate World Wetlands Day for the fourth year in a row at Lake Ngatu on 27 and 28 February 2014.
Sometimes our native species have it tough out there in the wild. This year large numbers of yellow-eyed penguin/hoiho chicks – natives of coastal Otago – have had a particularly challenging first few months of life.
Angeline Barnes and her friends set off for their third annual mum’s weekend away to the Orongorongo Valley, in the Rimutaka Forest Park.
Painstaking repairs to a crushed kākāpō egg have paid dividends with the arrival of the first kākāpō chick since 2011.
3 March is World Wildlife Day, a unique opportunity to celebrate the rich diversity of our planet's animal and plant species and remember how their continued survival in the wild is linked to our own.
March is Whio Awareness Month — promoting awareness of our iconic blue duck.
February is Bike Wise month and to celebrate Fiordland Biodiversity Ranger Chrissy Wickes tells us about her recent trip biking the Roxburgh Gorge and Clutha Gold Trail.
Researchers studying the New Zealand storm petrel on Te Hauturu-o-Toi (Little Barrier Island) are the first to find a NZ storm petrel egg.
Four giant timber viaducts built nearly a century ago in the rugged Waitutu Forest on the south coast of the Fiordland National Park are to be restored.
By making a pledge for Conservation Week last year, this young family went into a draw to win a trip to Great Barrier — a prize they were lucky enough to win. Today they tell us about their trip.
Chatham Islands Ranger, Tansy Bliss, writes about the search for the Chatham Islands coxella weevil, last studied in 1996.
Bev Bacon blogs about biking the Timber Trail – an 85 km cycle trail that passes through Pureora Forest Park and is part of Nga Haerenga, The New Zealand Cycle Trail.
The first kākāpō eggs in three years have been discovered by rangers on Codfish Island/Whenua Hou. Today's photo of the week is of Tumeke being viewed on her nest through a video monitor.
The Department of Conservation is preparing a major new pest control campaign to protect vulnerable native species from an expected surge in rat and stoat numbers later this year.
Read the highlights from Marysia's road trip around the South Island—down the West Coast and back up the east.
Kurt's never been much of an outdoorsy person but this summer he decided to disconnect from the world and spend a week on Arapawa Island in the Marlborough Sounds.
Follow the winners of the 'Ultimate DOC Experience' competition run by Dulux.
Today we profile Jennifer Germano, Technical Advisor Ecology/Kiwi Recovery Group Leader based in Hamilton.
Get updates about the latest whale stranding near the base of Farewell Spit in Golden Bay.
Leaving behind the craziness of Christmas, the Marenzi family went camping. Today they share with us the highlights from their adventures in New Zealand's great outdoors.
Five Department of Conservation sites have received international Green Flag awards, recognising them as sites of tourism excellence.
Retired couple, John (photographer) and Jean (writer) Strother walked the Abel Tasman Coastal Track. They took the pictures. They told the story. Check it out.
Where are the best places to go camping in New Zealand? We asked five DOC rangers to tell us about their favourites, in less than ten words.
A clever rap that explores the life-cycle of our most vital resource water, was announced as the Department of Conservation ‘Big Picture Award’ winner last week at The Someday Awards in Auckland.
Pest control by the West Matukituki conservation project is even more crucial now a beech mast is predicted next year.
Images showing the devastation that a stoat can wreck on our native species—in this case New Zealand’s smallest bird, the rifleman/titipounamu.
An island biosecurity hui was recently held on Matiu/Somes Island to review the best island biosecurity management practices, current biosecurity procedures, and to discuss methods for increasing awareness and participation.
You don’t have to be an expert mountaineer to explore exhilarating alpine environments. Here in the Manawatu we have a great option for first-time alpine adventurers.
Find out how you and your family or friends (up to 5 people) could get free entry to Zealandia, the chance to meet takahē Ambassadors Puffin and T2 and learn more about these unique birds, while enjoying a delicious picnic lunch from Zealandia's Rata Café.
Today’s photo, of a male hihi/stitchbird, recognises the Hihi Recovery Group, who have just won a prestigious Australasian conservation award in recognition of their efforts to protect this rare native bird.
Today, thanks to Craig Potton Publishing, we’ve got a signed copy of Molesworth—Stories from New Zealand’s Largest High-Country Station to give away.
With over 20 years experience working in conservation—and bound for new adventures shortly—Nikki Wright talks to us about her life and time in DOC.
The first takahē chicks have been hatched on pest free Motutapu Island, near downtown Auckland, marking a major milestone in securing the survival of this critically endangered native bird.
Dozens of rarely seen historic conservation maps have been gathered in a new exhibition at Conservation House in Wellington.
DOC is hosting an expo-style event for school groups to celebrate International Geographic Information Systems Day (GIS) in Wellington today.
On 20 November 1948 — exactly 65 years ago — takahē were rediscovered in the Murchison Mountains in Fiordland.
The takahē population on Mana Island have had a few new pairings formed over recent months, as a result of the sort of behaviour that could only be likened to an episode of “Days of our Lives”.
The reward for sighting information that leads to the capture of an invasive pest bird - the red-vented bulbul - has been increased from $300 to $1000.
Last month, Mitre 10 MEGA Petone teamed up with DOC to host the first annual “Ladies for Takahē” night. With over 400 ladies present, the evening was a lot of fun, and helped raise money and awareness for the DOC Takahē Recovery Programme.
Today's photo of the week was taken over the weekend at the opening of new facilities on the Copland Track and at Lake Matheson in South Westland.
Ray Willett, in his mid 70s, has just walked the Milford Track to mark its 125th anniversary.
Visitors can now enjoy new and upgraded Department of Conservation facilities at popular sites on the Copland Track and at Lake Matheson in South Westland.
Anna McKnight tries to catch a pair of rare falcon/kārearea, nesting at Wairakei Forest near Taupō, with her camera.
Come behind the scenes and into the job of Kaja Vetter, DOC's Visitor Centre Supervisor in Queenstown.
Twenty two mōhua (or yellowhead), were successfully moved from the Catlins Conservation Area in Otago to Resolution Island in Fiordland this week.
My children and their friends are mad on Terraria, WorldCraft and Kerbal Space Program—and they all use the GIS technology called GeoDesign. I had been thinking about how I could tap into that youthful enthusiasm for computer games and turn it into something meaningful for DOC...
The Minister of Conservation is calling for people to put their hands up to help shape the future of marine protection in the Otago region.
One day I’m monitoring a sledging operation and enjoying the thrills of tumbling down white water and the next exercising the grey cells as they assess the environmental impacts of a resource consent application.
A visual from DOC’s recent Annual Report showing the range of things DOC looks after and how many New Zealanders are getting out and enjoying what’s on offer.
Today's Photo of the Week profiles the Manawatu Walking Festival coming up in February – March 2014.
Ken Bradley was 16 years old when he first walked the Milford Track in 1968. That was 45 years ago and only one year after the Milford Track was opened to ‘Freedom Walkers’.
This visual from DOC's 2012/13 Annual Report gives you an overview of DOC's work with historic heritage.
Leave a comment on today's blog post and you could with this Native Birds of New Zealand poster. The cromolithograph is based on the artwork of J.G Keulemans in Walter Buller’s A History of the Birds of New Zealand.
Today on the blog we profile Hannah Edmonds, Biodiversity Ranger in Fiordland.
We’re planning changes to DOC’s website and are looking for users to provide feedback on our plans over the next few months.
Chrissy Wickes writes about her family trip up to Fern Burn Hut, along Motatapu Track, out the back of Glendu Bay just twenty minutes drive from Wanaka.
Join Sir Graham on a kiwi experience of a lifetime, to release a kiwi chick onto Motuora Island in the Hauraki Gulf. Enter now!
Stewart Island tokoeka kiwi are on the blog today, in honour of Save Kiwi Week (14 – 20 October).
As part of the BNZ Closed for Good initiative BNZ volunteers donned disposable overalls, picked up paint brushes and sand paper, and went to work restoring the historic engine room at Fort Takapuna in Auckland.
Today kicks off the inaugural Save Kiwi Week, a week to raise both awareness and funds to protect our iconic national bird.
Choose from a range of iconic kiwi tees, with $5 from each t-shirt being donated to Kiwis for kiwi.
We're giving away a copy of the brand new book Wild About New Zealand! Written by outdoor adventurer Gus Roxburgh and illustrated with magnificent photographs and bird’s-eye view maps, this is both an entertaining and comprehensive visitor’s guide as well as a stunning celebration of New Zealand’s amazingly diverse national parks.
Paparoa National Park Ranger, Lisa Hamker, talks petrel on the blog.
Good news for the cheeky kea! Dulux has announced they will contribute $150,000 to the Kea Conservation Trust nest monitoring programme as they continue to build their partnership with DOC.
Enter the Design Challenge and come up with creative solutions to get people to connect with the natural environment in the places they live, work, study and play.
The Department of Conservation (DOC), Mitre 10 Takahē Rescue and Auckland Zoo have combined forces to relocate two older takahē from Tiritiri Matangi Island to their new home in the zoo's New Zealand precinct, Te Wao Nui.
Hundreds flocked to Wellington’s Waitangi Park last month for the first annual Pest-Fest. It was a great display of various conservation partnerships in the Wellington area coming together for a common cause.
Save the Kiwi Week is about raising awareness and funds to help keep kiwi alive. Check out the Kiwi Events Calendar for what’s happening around the country. Get involved and help save kiwi this October!
Today’s photo showcases Whirinaki Forest, the favourite wild place of Tom McMurtry—one of the lucky winners of our recent New Zealand’s Wild Places giveaway.
As a result of a successful first year of partnership, DOC and Air New Zealand last night announced an extension to the relationship—an exciting new venture: Marine monitoring and a marine experience network.
10-year-old Leah Nicolls’ speech on the impact of domestic cats on our native birdlife impresses DOC's Jo Gould.
DOC is offering you a chance to help celebrate the Milford Track’s 125th anniversary by joining a Heritage Walk of this world-famous attraction.
Three copies of Craig Potton's new book New Zealand's Wild Places are up for grabs on the Conservation Blog. Enter by 12 noon, Monday 23 September for your chance to win.
Fingers went numb and noses turned bright red as DOC staff caught kakī/black stilts this morning. It was the first fine day after a southerly blast and the birds were off on an adventure!
Aucklanders, Magda Smolira and her daughter Jane, have been busy fulfilling their Conservation Week pledge and turning their backyard into a haven for New Zealand native species.
Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith today presented the country’s most prestigious conservation award, the Loder Cup, to Christchurch botanist Nicholas Head.
The Taranaki Young Conservationists group empowers young people to engage with conservation through a social, fun approach.
Just over a year ago, inspired by a Te Arawa Lakes Trust initiative, a small project team was formed with the ultimate goal of providing a sanctuary for koaro, a little native fish, in the upper reaches of Hamurana Springs near Rotorua.
Win an unforgettable whio experience in Tongariro this Conservation Week.
Find out how you take a small reserve, with no visitor/recreation infrastructure, that is low on any biodiversity priorities and make it into a real conservation success story.
The Grand Prize for Conservation Week 2013 is an amazing Great Barrier Island holiday package – the perfect summer getaway for you and three others.
The photo of the week gives profile to the plan to turn Great Mercury Island into a pest-free wildlife sanctuary.
Kiwi are back in Kaipara after a 50 year absence, and are ready to make their mark on the Mataia Restoration Project.
"It's no draughty tin shack" ~ A trip to Sunrise Hut, high on the hills of Ruahine Forest Park.
Here in Christchurch DOC has partnered with the Greening the Rubble Trust to create a nature-play park in central Christchurch.
Conservation Week 2013 (8–15 September) has officially launched to the world and we've got a number of celebrity ambassadors on board to help.
Living Legends, a community conservation programme that will see a total of 170,000 native trees planted throughout New Zealand by the end of the year, got underway for its third and final year in Christchurch on Saturday. Get involved in a planting day near you!
Celebrate New Zealand this Conservation Week (8-15 September). There are lots of fun activities you can do.Take a look with your friends and whānau, make a pledge and be in to win a trip for four to Great Barrier Island!
It’s National Poetry Day — so there has never been a better time to open our blog to the bards!
Contribute to the re-introduction of Stewart Island robin to the Rakiura Track, or protect vulnerable rifleman and brown creeper from predators.
11-year-old Summer Jubb writes about her experience walking the Kepler Track in Fiordland National Park.
Shark Week may have just finished, but we’re happy to extend their time in the limelight with this stunning photo by Terry Goss.
DOC congratulates Wellington student filmmaker, 17-year-old Natasha Bishop, for winning two awards at the prestigious Japan Wildlife Film Festival in Toyama, last night.
Today, I’m inviting you somewhere special. Not many people know about this place yet – you’re one of the first. The place is called Wildside and it’s a new social media community run by the Department of Conservation (DOC) on Facebook and Twitter.
Join the Department of Conservation on Pinterest and Instagram for inspiring images, video and conversation.
There are only 124 kākāpō left in the world and it has been top of my bucket list that I see one up close and personal ever since I started working at DOC.
The State Services Commissioner, Iain Rennie, today announced the appointment of Lou Sanson to the position of Chief Executive and Director-General of Conservation, (DOC).
Takahē may look like ‘big blue chooks’, but try catching one and you will discover they are much faster and can out manoeuvre the most skilled bird wrangler.
A new online mountain weather forecast service that will improve the enjoyment and safety of trampers, hunters, mountain bikers, skiers and fishers using New Zealand’s National and Forest Parks was launched last week.
There are still a few old ‘plank roads’ hidden in the Grey Valley on the West Coast. These are wooden ‘planked’ roads constructed for the timber industry in the early twentieth century to help extract timber to the nearest road or sawmill site.
There has been no sign of rodents on Taranga Island, off the Whangarei coastline, since a large-scale eradication took place there in May 2011.
This week’s photo shows a New Zealand sea lion/rāpoka/whakahao and her pup. It was taken by wildlife photographer, naturalist/writer and conservationist, Tui De Roy.
DOC's education strategy aims to equip young New Zealanders with understanding, values and skills, from which to make wise decisions and choices about conservation and natural resource use.
Te Urewera, centre of the universe, now has the most beautiful hut in the universe too, thanks to the DOC-Dulux partnership.
Natasha Bishop, winner of last year’s Outlook for Someday sustainability film challenge, has been nominated for the Japan Wildlife Film Festival.
Volunteer as a hut warden to help people visiting Sunrise and Rangiwahia huts in the Ruahine Forest Park during the peak season.
Captain Whio and his trusted side-duck, Duck Girl have been tracking their arch-nemesis, Sinister Stoat, for some time. Read about their adventures in today's blog post.
Comedy gold as Tawa the takahē battles the pukeko for the corn on the cob breakfast.
Our photo of the week shows a mountain biker beside Lake Hāwea, in Hāwea Conservation Park, Otago.
A number of aggressive pest birds are on the loose in the wider Auckland area and biosecurity officials are calling for public support to track them down.
DOC's Claudia Babirat had the unique opportunity to travel the length of the country to film a variety of community conservation projects. Today, she tells us about her inspiring journey.
From working on a project to protect the critically endangered Kihansi spray toad in Tanzania, to long tailed bats and community relations in the Marlborough Sounds—today's blog is all about DOC's Siobain Browning
If you love the idea of Wellington becoming the wildlife capital of New Zealand, then you’re going to love Enhancing the Halo – a new conservation initiative backed by the Morgan Foundation. Today, Nick Tansley from the Foundation, tells us what it’s all about.
Gorgeous images from the Friends of Onoke Spit planting at the scenic Onoke Spit in the Wairarapa.
The photo of the week is of the Antipodes parakeet. It was taken by Dr James Russell who is leading the recently departed expedition to the Antipodes Islands.
I was involved in the farming industry for 30 years until I hit my ‘mid-life crisis’—when they say you should either buy a Harley Davidson, change your job, or change your wife. I'm not interested in motorcycles, and I still like my wife, so here I am, working on the Kepler.
Fancy enjoying a wilderness wildlife experience 500 metres from your 5-star accommodation? Want to see marine mammals up close whilst standing on dry land sipping a coffee? Then Mount Maunganui is the winter destination for you!
Bank of New Zealand staff and one very passionate kiwi supporter will be stepping into the ring on Friday 19 July to raise money for kiwi.
It’s Māori Language Week—Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori—a perfect time for us to enjoy a kōrero about te reo with Joe Harawira, DOC’s Kaihautu – Te Putahitanga (Manager- Strategic Partnerships).
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