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


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.

We have developed the following mapping tools for the public to view and access our spatial data.

DOC Maps: Discover the outdoorsDOC Maps: Discover the outdoors

DOC's GIS applications will be unavailable from 5 pm Friday 12 February to 8 am Monday 15 February. This is due to a major software upgrade. 

DOC Maps: Discover the outdoors

Use Discover the outdoors to plan your outdoor recreation activities. It shows DOC's key places, campsites, tracks and huts, and visitor centres.

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

DOC Maps

Link to DOC Maps standard viewer.
DOC Maps standard viewer

Link to DOC Maps advanced viewer.
DOC Maps advanced viewer

Scientists, planners, governmental agencies, teachers and others can use DOC maps to display 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. 

Standard viewer user guide (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. 

Advanced viewer user guide (PDF, 823K)

DOC Geoportal

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
  • view metadata
  • export images
  • download DOC data in many geospatial data formats, including .wfs, .kml, .nmf, .lyr for use in GIS and other applications.

Technical guidelines (PDF, 148K) explain how to obtain the data.

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

DOC 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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