We have a range of interactive mapping tools, as well as maps of conservation areas we manage.

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Geospatial services banner.

DOC is one of New Zealand’s leading organisations in geospatial technology. Geospatial data is location-based data, and GIS (Geographic Information Systems) is a tool to manage, store, view and edit this data.

DOC has developed for public use, the following mapping tools to view and access DOC’s spatial data.

Link to DOC Maps standard viewer.
Standard viewer

Link to DOC Maps advanced viewer.
Advanced viewer

DOC Maps

DOC Maps is designed for a broad audience including scientists, planners, Governmental agencies and teachers.  It displays information on:

  • DOC land, activities and facilities
  • general land classifications
  • property and cadastral information

Standard viewer
The standard viewer is accessible on all devices including desktop, tablet and mobile.
User guide for the standard viewer (PDF, 728K)

Advanced viewer
The advanced viewer with enhanced functionality is for desktop users. This requires a Microsoft Silverlight plugin and you may already have this installed.  
User guide for the advanced viewer (PDF, 823K)



DOC Maps: Discover the outdoors

DOC Maps: Discover the outdoors

“Discover the outdoors” shows DOC's key places, campsites, tracks and huts, and visitor centres. It is designed for people planning their outdoor recreation activities.

"Discover the outdoors" is accessible on all devices including desktop, tablet and mobile.



DOC Geoportal

DOC Geoportal

The DOC Geoportal website allows DOC’s spatial data to be shared externally with the general public. You can:

  • Search for data layers and browse by content type
  • View live data and map resources
  • Download DOC data in many geospatial data formats, including .wfs, .kml, .nmf, .lyr for use in GIS and other applications. Download the technical guidelines (PDF, 148K) to find out how to obtain the data.
  • View metadata
  • Export images

Go to the “About” section of the Geoportal to find out more

Collection and use of Geospatial data at DOC

One of the basic principles for data quality is to capture accurate data at source. DOC staff use GPS hand held devices to edit and update spatial information ‘on the go’.

GPS data is used for planning, delivering and reporting on DOC’s day-to-day work and supporting DOC management and operations. Examples of use include:

  • Biodiversity monitoring
  • Land management
  • Pest control
  • Weed control
  • Historic and Archaeological
  • Recreation 
  • Fire control
  • Marine
  • Informing Treaty negotiations

Download DOC GeoSpatial Data

Natural Resource GIS network group

The Department of Conservation facilitates a natural resources group geographic information systems (GIS) network with the aim of identifying common needs, improving coordination, and identifying opportunities for collaborative projects and community partnerships.

Find out what's happening with the natural resources group

Related links

Open source data:

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