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.
Kurt writes about his experience on Codfish Island where he recently spent a week helping rangers from DOC's Kākāpō Recovery team.
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…
We’re interested in finding out more about your thoughts on exploring the outdoors – and we’ve got a $200 Prezzy card to give away as a ‘thanks’ for filling it in.
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.
Tell us how you use Egmont National Park and what you want from the park, and be in to win some great prizes!
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 online booking system 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).
DOC's Director-General, Al Morrison, discusses the value of our native species in light of the recent storms in Wellington. Published in the Dominion Post, 29 June 2013.
Visitors are welcome to Motuora, an 80 ha island in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park.
Around the time of the First World War, albatross were recorded nesting at Taiaroa Head/Pukekura. Nearly a century on, and with decades of hands-on assistance, the small colony has recently reached a population of 200 birds.
The Pisa Conservation Area is 23,000 hectares of stunning high country that overlooks the Upper Clutha and Wakatipu basins, and beyond to the Southern Alps/Ka Tiritiri o te Moana.
Today’s photo of the week is this beautiful southern forest gecko from the Catlins which was sent in by Philip Melgren of Invercargill.
Queenstown Climbing Club members are doing more than scaling rock walls in the Wye Creek area.
Aligning the Rakiura Track, to pass by long hidden historic relics, has brought a new and popular dimension to Stewart Island's Great Walk.
Join us to celebrate the significant efforts put in by volunteers in planting one million plants along our coast over the last 19 years.
Known as the Māori New Year, Matariki is also a time to give respect to the unique land we live on; a time of growth, to plant new trees and crops; to gather with whānau and friends and to reflect on what has been and what is yet to come.
As part of the 'Protecting Our Place' partnership, DOC and Dulux created a ‘Community Contribution’ scheme. The scheme provides the opportunity for community and club managed huts on the public conservation lands to be painted.
Our photo of the week is in celebration of National Volunteer Week, which runs from the 16-22 June. It shows volunteers planting at the newly purchased DOC Rangipo Scenic Reserve.
A recent winter blast of heavy snow and rain meant a busy week at the Burwood Bush rearing unit in Te Anau.
Thanks to the initiatives of the iwi authority for Ngāti Kauwhata in the Fielding/Manawatū area, the plight of the whio came to the attention of Hāpaitia Kōhanga Reo in 2012.
Baby mussels, naturally formed into a heart shape on a rock, is our photo of the week.
A generator that ran an early hydro-electric plant near Skippers has been preserved.
Fishermen Adam Clow, Wayne Dreadon, Gavin Perry, Clayton White, and Mark Dellow, along with Leigh Fisheries employee Angela Cole, and boat builder Mitch Pascoe, recently joined Seabird Researcher, Biz Bell, on Great Barrier to help band black petrels.
Rodent-indicating dogs Occi and Moss and their trainer/handler Miriam Ritchie have had a busy season.
Possum trapper, John Carter, takes his son to work on the Milford Track.
A Fiordland island sanctuary invaded by stoats is now safe again for kiwi thanks to the efforts of the Pomona Island Charitable Trust.
The commitment, knowledge and skills of two volunteers have helped keep historically important huts in Southern Fiordland weather tight and true to their original fabric.
Continuing our New Zealand Music Month series showcasing the musicians in our midst—they are as diverse and inspiring as the ecosystems they help care for.
The famous kōkako Duncan captured hearts across the country this month with his great escape; here’s his story…
A family-focused conservation education programme will be launched at Tiritiri Matangi Island over Queen’s Birthday Weekend - for the first time giving Auckland kids the chance to be accredited as Kiwi Rangers.
Christchurch family Steve, Jenny and Meg visited Tiritiri Matangi while staying with family at Christmas. Having done two South Island Kiwi Ranger sites, they are now planning for a return visit to Tiritiri to earn their third badge.
Kākāpō has been named the World’s Favourite Species in an online poll featuring 50 animals from across the globe.
DOC has talent – and for once I’m not talking about our world-leading conservation work. Today, in honour of New Zealand Music Month, we’re kicking off a three-part series showcasing the musicians in our midst.
Central Otago children and landowners are discovering some precious native fish in their streams that need their help.
This week’s photo of the week was shared by Sirocco Kakapo, after the recent death of Fuchsia the kākāpō on Codfish Island/Whenua Hou.
Marunui Conservation have been named Conservation Champions for April 2013.
9 year old Emma Keeler, tells us about her stay at Beebys Hut in Mount Richmond Forest Park.
Mark English's photo, from a recent tussock planting day with Lindis Pass conservation group, is our photo of the week.
Caroline Carter grabs some friends, which include two geologists, two cave guiders, three five year olds and a couple of nervous mums, and heads to Clifden Caves!
Today Chrissy Wickes shares the story and photos of her recent family biking adventure on the Queen Charlotte Track.
DOC is renowned for its island pest eradications, now we are leading a pest eradication programme that is focussed on home gardens to wipe out the great white butterfly in Nelson Tasman, which if successful, would be a world first.
The Department of Conservation (DOC) has announced the details on changes to its organisation structure. This includes final staffing numbers and locations.
When there is work to be done on Raoul Island, the most difficult thing is to get the workers to the island. Fortunately for Raoul, the Navy ship Wellington agreed to make the journey.
If you spot a southern right whale migrating along the coast this season we want to know! Learn how to report your sighting.
Walking festivals are becoming increasingly popular, so it was no surprise that the recent inaugural Great Barrier Island Walking Festival was a great success.
Watch this video, showing everyday yet extraordinary New Zealanders working with DOC to help make our country the greatest living space on Earth, and you'll agree the Anzac spirit lives on. We’re pulling together. And conservation is benefiting.
Watch this video to find out about the wide range of people who are getting involved and working with DOC to look after our special places, plants and animals.
After a flood you can sometimes find DOC bridges washed miles from their original positions. What is more unusual is to find them in the same place but rotated 90 degrees. Cornelia from DOC in Franz Josef tells the story...
On the 23 and 24 April DOC and Dulux are giving Daly's Hut in Tauranga, a makeover on TVNZ's Breakfast show.
DOC's Margaret Metcalfe writes about a novel approach being taken to paint a new toilet in the Ruahine ranges.
Rob Griffiths, a ranger based in the Rotorua Lakes Area Office, takes us along the newly developed mountain bike loop in the Rainbow Mountain Scenic Reserve.
Sorrel Hoskin, from DOC’s Taranaki Area Office, writes about St Joseph’s Primary School’s recent visit to Egmont National Park to learn about the work being done to protect the endangered whio/blue duck.
DOC's Director-General, Al Morrison, replies to concerns that cuts to DOC will threaten other worthy causes. Published in the New Zealand Herald, 16 April 2013.
Today we profile Oskar Guy—Island Ranger on Northland's Hen and Chicken Islands.
Volunteers experienced hands on conservation work in vast golden tussock, under big open skies, when they removed fences in Otago’s Oteake Conservation Park recently.
In February celebrations were held on the Chatham Islands to commemorate 35 years since the rediscovery of the tāiko.
Struggles with weight, babies and her whabulous Whabio - Whiona tells all in this (blue) duck tale.
Looking for some inspiring work, performers Karl Rollinson and Corey Watkins signed up for six weeks of volunteer work with DOC.
Olivia is 9 years old and lives in the Fiordland area. She writes about her recent trip to the Lake Howden Hut on the Routeburn Track.
Ever wondered what it was like to be one of DOC's amazing species dogs? Well, Fern tells us today on the Conservation Blog.
The Department of Conservation (DOC) has announced the first part of the final decision on changes to its organisation structure.
DOC is changing the way we work so that we can achieve more conservation. Every New Zealander has a stake and a role to play.
The winners of last year's Great Whio Adventure competition spent a day catching and tagging whio with DOC. Robyn Orchard tells us about their day.
Kiwi Ranger is a fun interactive programme offered free to kids of all ages. It's a fun way for families to get to know New Zealand's special places together.
A record breeding season for the endangered kakī/black stilt has been greatly helped by high country farmers.
March is Whio Awareness Month and, to celebrate, we profile Andrew Glaser—Whio Recovery Group Leader in Te Urewera/ Whirinaki.
What do New Zealand green geckos, hammerhead sharks, and Madagascar ebony have in common? Aside from being important to ecosystem functioning and holding cultural value, these species were also recently afforded stronger protection in international law.
Swinging below the crane, a wee cabin linked to Scott’s fatal Antarctic expedition looked more like a cubby than a 100-year-old piece of history.
Kane Low and Rufus Bristol work and live their passion for bringing the blue duck/whio back to their community. These taonga species changed their lives, find out how.
Ranger Chris Hankin writes about his tramp with the Air New Zealand Great Walkers over the Routeburn Track.
The fortunes of rare whio/blue ducks in Kahurangi National Park’s Wangapeka-Fyfe area have been boosted by the arrival of eight young ducks last week.
March is Whio Awareness Month and to celebrate our iconic blue duck, we profile Ivan Rogers—Whio Ranger in Motueka.
10 year old Jamie Hamilton is a Year 6 student at Glenorchy School, she often goes out trapping with her dad. She writes about a recent trip to Lake Sylvan.
Anne Richardson loves being a mum to the cute whio ducklings. In this video she talks about her special experiences working at the Wildlife Centre at Peacock Springs.
Easy access huts are a great way to experience huts for the first time without having to walk too far (some you can even drive to). They’re also for all ages and fitness levels.
Sarah and her family experience one of New Zealand's most popular campsites at a quieter time of year.
Ranger Cate Helm writes about her adventure along the Kepler Track with the Air New Zealand Great Walkers.
Kiwis for kiwi is the official charity at April's World Triathlon event in Auckland. The aim is to raise $25,000 to help save kiwi and there are plenty of ways you can help.
DOC ranger, Tim Allerby, spends his days looking after blue duck/whio. He shares with us about what it is like being a whio ranger.
Fonterra and DOC have just announced a $20 million community investment to improve the natural habitats of some key waterways around New Zealand over the next ten years.
To celebrate Seaweek – and the nationwide launch of the fabulous Marine Meter Squared programme – the DOC team in Coastal Otago decided to get hip and do their own version of the Harlem Shake!
It's Seaweek (2-10 March) and to celebrate we share an interview with sea lover and Technical Advisor (Marine), Andrew Baxter.
An historic cabin linked to Scott’s fatal Antarctic expedition has been rescued today from the brink of an earthquake-crumbled cliff top.
Whio Awareness Month starts today and to celebrate, we profile whio fan Tim Allerby, Biodiversity Ranger, in Te Urewera/Whirinaki.
Paint a hut online and win a fully hosted wilderness weekend for two in Mt Aspiring National Park.
Take a short walk, a boat trip, or drive directly to the door, to enjoy one of DOC's down to earth stays.
Hundreds of events around New Zealand take place during Seaweek. Get involved in this national celebration of our marine environment.
The Air New Zealand Great Walkers have just finished their second Great Walk—the Rakiura Track on Stewart Island.
Whio Awareness Month kicks off on Friday 1st March 2013 and it’s set to be a busy month promoting awareness of this iconic duck.
Bobby Rangihuna-Harema, a high school student aspiring to be a Farm Manager, got the opportunity to be a 'Ranger for a day' at Motu near Gisborne after winning a Conservation Week competition late last year.
A series of rare bird releases have marked the launch of an ambitious new conservation project to bring some of New Zealand’s most threatened birds back to our internationally renowned Great Walk tracks.
The Air New Zealand Great Walkers have just finished the first of their nine Great Walks—the Kepler Track. Watch the videos, see the photos, and read their insights…
56 yellow-eyed penguin/hoiho have died from a mystery illness on the Otago Peninsula leaving many chicks without parents to feed them.
DOC's Dave Houston, along with Jeff Corwin of Animal Planet fame, help tag yellow-eyed penguins on the Otago Peninsula.
Angeline Barnes tells us the story of a young girl's camping adventure with her friends.
Events to commemorate 35 years since the rediscovery of the Chatham Island tāiko, one of the world’s rarest seabirds, were held on the Chatham Islands last month.
Gen Spargo talks about her work with kōkako, tīeke, korimako and kererū on Kapiti Island.
Follow the four Great Walkers who have arrived in New Zealand to take on all nine Great Walks!
The 35 km Moerangi Mountain Bike Track, winds through the magnificent Whirinaki Forest Park and attracts both mountain bikers and trampers.
Spending two days on Kapiti Island was a definite highlight for DOC's National Office summer interns.
With a vision to bringing back some of New Zealand's rare birds to the Milford Track Great Walk, the Department of Conservation (DOC) and Air New Zealand have increased the effort to control introduced predators in the area.
48 secondary students, from schools across Auckland, spent three days on pest-free Motutapu Island getting equipped and inspired to to Make a Difference (MAD).
The owners of Onenui Station have increased their trapping efforts after a devastating season on Waikawa (Portland Island) that saw New Zealand shore plover numbers reduce from 80 to 20 surviving birds.
A free weka aversion training session for dogs and their owners will be held in Matauwhi Bay Reserve, Russell on 18 February 2013.
Last year Bronwyn Aalders took a walk in the park; a Great Walk—the Milford Track.
Read about Jack Mace's weekend spent camping and working on the top of the Price Range just north of Mt Cloher.
The Department of Conservation and Air New Zealand have increased the effort to control introduced predators on the Milford Track.
Kelly Eaton tells us about her work with moths, ducks, parasitic plants...
Learn about wetlands and get involved in the celebrations.
The recent hot weather and forecast of more to come is bad news for the Taiaroa Head albatross colony.
A heartwarming story of how a community changed and helped save dotterel on Ahipara Beach.
Janet Wilson joins the Oroua Blue Duck Protection Project in their January trap line check and rebait.
Meet Hannah Edmonds, Biodiversity Ranger – Species. Hannah is involved in monitoring, translocating and recovery planning for many threatened New Zealand animals.
The first Air New Zealand-funded transfer of fledgling Stewart Island robins from Ulva Island to a new home in the Dancing Star Foundation sanctuary has taken place successfully, with the assistance of students from Halfmoon Bay School.
Read updates from the eight DOC staff currently in Australia helping with the bush fires.
Read about one family's camping adventure on Matiu Somes Island.
Learn about DOC's response to the eruption of Mt Tongariro and what tracks, huts and roads have been affected.
DOC caters to a range of campers and camping styles; from lush forest settings, to sandy beaches and shimmering lake locations. So what you are waiting for? Find the camper within!
Full of unprecedentedly detailed and exquisite images of New Zealand birds, this brand new edition of the "stupendously fine work of Buller and Keulemans" is up for grabs on the Conservation Blog.
Siobhan's about to attempt her first 'proper' Great Walk – the Abel Tasman Coast Track. Read her first diary entry on the Conservation Blog.
Tell us what you want to know about DOC and you could win a 'Meet the Locals' DVD on the Conservation Blog.
Read about the largest tuatara relocation ever undertaken on the latest Conservation blog post.
A new name, a new brand, and a fresh new approach to supporting New Zealand's national bird.
After an extensive global search four Great Walkers have been chosen to take on all of New Zealand’s famous nine Great Walks in just nine weeks.
With events around the country there are plenty of ways to show New Zealand that you love it this Conservation Week.
Leave a comment on the Conservation Blog today and you could win a copy of the brand new book, Sirocco: The Rock-Star Kakapo.
Get out and walk - check out videos of each of New Zealand's 9 Great Walks, and get a taste of the spectacular scenery and what you'll experience, on www.greatwalks.co.nz.
New Zealand rugby legends are planting 45,000 trees, in 17 locations around the country, and they need your help. Register for an event near you.
Come and hear Gareth Morgan talk about his recent expedition to explore Our Far South: the subantarctic islands, the Southern Ocean and Antarctica.
Join New Zealand's world famous parrot – Sirocco the kākāpō – on Facebook and Twitter.
Help Landcare Research build up a picture of how birds are faring in New Zealand gardens by spending an hour, sometime between 30 June and 8 July, counting the birds in your garden.
17-23 June is Volunteer Awareness Week, so let's show some appreciation for the invaluable contribution volunteers make to our communities.
5 June is both Arbor Day and World Environment Day.
Enter this sustainability film challenge for young people and make a film about the Department of Conservation's Big Picture. You can also sign up for a free film-making workshop.
This week we celebrated International Day for Biological Diversity with a focus on our marine and coastal biodiversity.
Our Fiordland web pages now have more information on Fiordland tracks, places and activities that is easier to find - with fantastic new images.
On 1 April 1987 the Department of Conservation (DOC) was launched. This year, we celebrate 25 years...
Whet your appetite with a 'panoramic tour' of the St James Cycle Trail.
Seaweek 2012 launches with a splash this week, with over 120 events planned across the country.
Visit Tiritiri Matangi between 7-11 March 2012 to celebrate and learn more about kōkako.
Get behind the Forest & Bird Kererū Count this month by recording sightings of kererū, New Zealand's native pigeon.
Check out the Pocket Ranger—a free interpretive application for the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. It's just like taking a ranger with you in your pocket!
Kiwi Ranger is a fun, interactive programme for kids of all ages - from 3 to 103! It helps you to discover the ecology, culture and history of our special places.
Summer is the perfect time to head outdoors. For a bit of inspiration, have a go at creating your own kiwi summer scene by clicking the image.
New Zealand's weather changes rapidly so you need to be prepared. Click the image to find out how you can get the latest forecasts before you get away from it all.
View an archive of older stories we've featured on the home page of the DOC website.
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