In this section:

Find your nearest DOC visitor centre. DOC staff in these centres can give you information on visiting and staying on local conservation areas.

If there is no DOC visitor centre in the area, try an I-SITE visitor centre, or contact you local DOC office.

Whakapapa Visitor Centre.
Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre

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Auckland

Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 9 379 6476
Address:   137 Quay Street
Princes Wharf
Downtown
Auckland 1010
Email:   aucklandvc@doc.govt.nz
Full office details

Hours
Mon - Fri 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sat and Sun 10:00 am – 4:00 pm between 16 November 2013 and 13 April 2014 (summer season).
Public holidays and winter weekends - the DOC desk at the i-SITE is closed. However, limited information such as brochures is still available, as well as access to the DOC website and bookings.

Points of interest
Information about activities in the Auckland region, including visiting islands and historic sites. Nationwide recreation information.

Find out more about the Auckland Visitor Centre


Coromandel

Kauaeranga

Kauaeranga Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 7 867 9080
Address:   Kauaeranga Valley Road
Thames 3577
Email:   kauaerangavc@doc.govt.nz
Full office details

Hours:
Summer: Weekend before Christmas to weekend after Waitangi Day 8:30 am – 5:30 pm daily
Winter: Weekend after Waitangi Day to weekend before Christmas 8:30 am – 4:00 pm daily

Open on public holidays except Christmas Day.

Points of interest:
The visitor centre provides recreation and general conservation information and advice. You can find out about Coromandel Forest Park and Kauaeranga Valley campgrounds, walks, swimming, and kauri logging history.


Bay of Plenty

Rotorua

Tourism Rotorua i-SITE Information Centre
Phone:      +64 7 348 5179
Email:   info@rotoruaNZ.com
Full office details

Hours
Summer (December – March): 7:30 am – 7:00 pm daily (closed Christmas Day)
Winter (April – November): 7:30 am – 6:00 pm daily

Points of interest
DOC information and bookings. Point of sale for hut passes.  


Rangitaiki

Murupara Office
Phone:      +64 7 366 1080
Email:   muruparavc@doc.govt.nz
Full office details

Hours
Peak season: Open daily until Easter
Off peak: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Mon - Fri, except public holidays 

Points of interest
Whirinaki Te Pua-a-Tāne Conservation Park and North East Te Urewera information.


East Coast

Aniwaniwa Area

Te Urewera Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 6 837 3803
Address:   House 2 Aniwaniwa
Aniwaniwa
Corner of SH38 and Aniwaniwa Road
Te Urewera 4195
Email:   teureweravc@doc.govt.nz
Full office details

Hours
Open daily 8:00 am – 4:15 pm

Points of interest
Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk bookings, boat hire, hunting permits.


Central North Island

Whakapapa

Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 7 892 3729
Address:   Whakapapa Village
State Highway 48
Mount Ruapehu
Email:   whakapapa@doc.govt.nz
Full office details

Hours
Summer (December – March): 8:00 am – 6:00 pm daily (closed Christmas Day)
Winter (April – November): 8:00 am – 5:00 pm daily 

Points of interest
Find out about activities and conservation efforts in the park and Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Tongariro Northern Circuit Great Walk, buy hut tickets and make reservations, check weather and safety information.


Ohakune

Ohakune Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 6 385 8427
Address:   1 Mountain Road
Ohakune 4625
Email:   ohakunevc@doc.govt.nz
Full office details

Hours
Open daily 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (closed Christmas Day)


Taranaki

Taranaki/Egmont

Taranaki / Egmont National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 6 756 0990
Address:   2879 Egmont Rd
Email:   egmontvc@doc.govt.nz
Full office details
 

Hours
End of October to Easter: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm daily
Winter: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm daily

Points of interest
Walks, mountain history, geology, volcanology, flora and fauna information. Cafe open daily. Konini Lodge bookings


Dawson Falls

Dawson Falls Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 27 443 0248
Address:   Manaia Rd
Kaponga
Email:   egmontvc@doc.govt.nz
Full office details

Hours
Open daily: Thur – Sun and school and public holidays 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Points of interest
Information   


Hawke's Bay

Hawke's Bay Regional Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 6 834 3111
Address:   Conservation House
59 Marine Parade
Napier 4110
Email:   napier@doc.govt.nz
Full office details

Hours
Open Mon – Fri 9:00 am – 4:15 pm

Points of interest
Regional recreation information including Kaweka and Ruahine Forest Parks and Cape Kidnappers.


Wellington

Pōneke / Wellington Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 4 384 7770
Address:   18 Manners Street
Wellington
Email:   wellingtonvc@doc.govt.nz
Full office details

Hours
Mon - Fri 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Points of interest
Find out about local recreation activities such as Kapiti and Matiu Somes Islands as well as nationwide information.


Picton

Picton Visitor Centre i-SITE Information Centre
Phone:   +64 3 520 3113
Fax:   +64 3 573 5021
Email:   picton@i-SITE.org
Address:   The Foreshore
Picton
Postal Address:   The Foreshore,
PICTON, 7212
 

Nelson

Nelson Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 546 9339
Address:   Millers Acre/Taha o te Awa
79 Trafalgar Street
Nelson 7010
Email:   nelsonvc@doc.govt.nz
Full office details

Hours
Mon - Fri 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Sat and Sun 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Points of interest
Recreation information for Abel Tasman and Kahurangi National Parks and Mt Richmond Forest Park. Bookings for Abel Tasman Coast Track and Heaphy Track huts and campsites.


Nelson Lakes

Rotoiti / Nelson Lakes Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 521 1806
Address:   View Road
St Arnaud
Email:   nelsonlakesvc@doc.govt.nz
Full office details

Hours
Boxing Day to first weekend in March 8:00 am – 5:00 pm daily
First weekend in March to Boxing Day 8:00 am – 4:30 pm daily
Reduced opening hours on weekends during winter months. 

Points of interest
Find out about huts, walks, campsites, conservation and the Rotoiti Nature Recovery Project.


Marlborough

Kaikoura Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 319 5641
Address:   West End
Kaikoura
Email:   info@kaikoura.co.nz
Full office details
 

Points of interest
Mount Richmond Alpine Route, Molesworth Station, general information about the South Malborough area.


West Coast

Reefton

Reefton Visitor Centre i-SITE Information Centre
Phone:      +64 3 732 8391
Email:   reefton@i-site.org
Full office details

Hours
Open daily

Points of interest
See coal mine displays and find out about the region's rich mining history and local activities.


Paparoa

Paparoa National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 731 1895
Address:   4294 Coast Road
Punakaiki
RD 1
Runanga 7873
Email:   paparoavc@doc.govt.nz
Full office details

Hours
Peak Season (November - March): 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Off peak season (April - October): 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Closed Christmas Day

Points of interest
Find out about the park, walks and other activities.


Franz Josef

Westland Tai Poutini National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 752 0796
Address:   13 State Highway 6
Franz Josef Glacier 7856
Email:   westlandnpvc@doc.govt.nz
Full office details

Hours
Open daily
Labour weekend - Easter: 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Rest of year: 8:30 am – 4:45 pm

Points of interest
Glacier walks, guided trips, bookings, and displays.


Haast

Awarua / Haast Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 750 0809
Address:   Haast Junction
Corner SH6 and Jackson Bay Road
Haast
South Westland
Email:   haastvc@doc.govt.nz
Full office details

Hours
Open daily:
Peak 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Off-peak 9:00 am – 4:30 pm.
Closed daily 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Points of interest
Te Wahipounamu South West New Zealand Heritage Area information and interpretive displays.


Canterbury

Christchurch

Ōtautahi / Christchurch Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 379 4082
Address:   Botanic Gardens Information Centre
Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Amagh Street Carpark
Christchurch 8013
Email:   christchurchvc@doc.govt.nz
Full office details

Hours
Mon - Fri  9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:15 am – 4:00 pm

Closed Christmas Day

Points of interest
Wide variety of information to plan South Island adventures.


Arthur's Pass

Arthur's Pass National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 318 9211
Address:   State Highway 73
Arthur's Pass
Email:   arthurspassvc@doc.govt.nz
Full office details

Hours
Open daily: Peak 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Off-peak 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Points of interest
Walks, local history and conservation information.


Aoraki/Mount Cook

Aoraki / Mt Cook National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 435 1186
Address:   1 Larch Grove
Aoraki/Mt Cook
Email:   mtcookvc@doc.govt.nz
Full office details

Hours
Open daily: Peak (Oct – Apr) 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Off-peak (May – Sep) 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Points of interest
Recreation information, mountaineering displays and a shop.


Otago

Dunedin

Ōtepoti / Dunedin Office
Phone:      +64 3 477 0677
Email:   dunedinvc@doc.govt.nz
Full office details
 

Hours
Mon - Fri 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Points of interest
Information about walks around Dunedin and where to view wildlife and marine mammals.

Makarora 

Makarora Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 443 8365
Address:   Haast Pass Highway
State Hwy 6
Email:   makaroravc@doc.govt.nz
Full office details

Hours
Open daily December to March 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (closed 12 noon – 1:00 pm)
April open Monday - Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (closed 12 noon – 1:00 pm) 
May - November: interpretation area open - displays and weather information available.

Point of interest
Recreation information about Mt Aspiring National Park. Starting point for the Gillespie Pass Circuit; a 3-4 day scenic track. 


Mt Aspiring 

Tititea / Mount Aspiring National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 443 7660
Address:   Ardmore Street
Wanaka 9305
Email:   mtaspiringvc@doc.govt.nz
Full office details

Hours
Open daily: Peak (November - April) 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Off-peak (May - October) Mon - Fri 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Saturday 9:30 am – 4:00 pm (closed daily 12 noon – 12:30 pm)

Points of interest
Gateway to Mt Aspiring National Park. Informative information on recreational activities and facilities in the park and surrounding regions.


Queenstown

Whakatipu-wai-Māori / Queenstown Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 442 7935
Address:   Outside Sports Building
36-38 Shotover Street
Queenstown 9300
Email:   queenstownvc@doc.govt.nz
Full office details

Hours
Open daily 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, hours may vary seasonally.

Points of interest
Great Walk bookings. Recreation information.


Fiordland

Te Rua-o-te-moko / Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 249 7924
Address:   Fiordland National Park
Visitor Centre
Lakefront Drive
Te Anau 9600
Email:   fiordlandvc@doc.govt.nz
Full office details

Hours
Open daily:
1 May 2014 – 27 October 2014: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
28 October 2014 – 7 December 2014: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
8 December 2014 – 15 March 2015: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm *Christmas Day: 8:30 am - 12:00 noon
16 March 2015 – 30 April 2015: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Southland

Invercargill

Murihiku / Invercargill Office
Phone:      +64 3 211 2400
Email:   invercargill@doc.govt.nz
Full office details

Hours
Mon - Fri: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm


Stewart Island

Rakiura National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 219 0009
Address:   15 Main Road
Stewart Island
Email:   stewartisland@doc.govt.nz
Full office details

Hours
Mon - Fri: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Weekends: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm


 

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