Explore our nature with interactive mapping tools and free downloadable data.


Geospatial (location-aware) information is key to DOC as well as our many visitors! Explore our nature with web maps and free data, check out a selection of mobile and desktop apps, and learn more about DOC's geospatial information.

Web maps

We have two online maps that work on all devices:

  • Discover the outdoors showcases recreation opportunities.
  • DOC maps lets you explore key reserve, infrastructure, boundary and environmental data.

Screenshot of Discover the outdoors map.
Discover the outdoors

Discover the outdoors

Use Discover the outdoors to plan your next outdoor adventure!

Discover the outdoors showcases:

  • New Zealand's 9 Great Walks
  • must see places, easier experiences and historic places
  • tracks (short walks to routes), the Te Araroa Trail
  • huts and campsites
  • visitor centres
  • open hunting permit areas
  • public conservation land and marine reserves and sanctuaries.

Screenshot of DOC maps.
DOC Maps

DOC Maps

DOC looks after 8.6 million ha of public conservation land, 13 National Parks, 44 marine reserves, 8 marine mammal sanctuaries, over 1,000 huts and campsites, 14,000 km of tracks, and is concerned for our natural heritage.

Use DOC Maps to explore New Zealand:

  • recreation
  • DOC visitor centres, offices, regions
  • environment and marine
  • property parcels
  • open hunting permit areas
  • public conservation land, marine reserves and sanctuaries.

To learn more, see the DOC Maps user guide (PDF, 728K).

Geospatial data

DOC data can be downloaded and used in a wide range of mapping applications. With time, we hope to expand the range of formats offered.

Ensure you read the terms and conditions of use and any information about the data (description, metadata). All data is in New Zealand Transverse Mercator (NZTM) projection unless otherwise stated.

Outdoor enthusiasts should also be aware of safety in the outdoors and hunters must adhere to hunting and firearms safety.

Download our data

You can download our data from DOC geoportal or our FTP server.

DOC geoportal

Data includes:

  • public conservation areas, marine reserves, marine mammal sanctuaries
  • DOC tracks, huts, campsites
  • recreational hunting permit areas
  • deer and pest distribution (NZ)
  • pesticide summary operational areas
  • estuarine, freshwater and marine data.

Data can be searched, viewed, downloaded, and data description and metadata is provided.

File types are: kml, nmf, lyr. These can be viewed in ArcMap, ArcGIS Explorer,, ArcGIS JavaScript and Google Earth. REST, SOAP, WMS, WFS are upported.

To access, go to DOC geoportal and click search to see all data listings or to refine your search.

Learn more about using Geoportal, and view our tips for obtaining data (PDF, 178K).

FTP server

Data includes:

  • public conservation areas, marine reserves, marine mammal sanctuaries
  • DOC tracks, huts, campsites
  • freedom camping (prohibited and restricted areas)
  • recreational hunting permit areas
  • deer and pest distribution (NZ)
  • ecological districts and regions.

Zipped ESRI shapefiles can be downloaded.

To access, go to our FTP server. Use public for both the user name and password if requested.

Get help accessing files.

Mobile and desktop apps

There are many options for exploring geospatial data. Here are a few free apps we know of:

  • QGIS – an open source geographic information system.
  • Explorer for ArcGIS and ArcGIS Explorer Desktop – a viewer and mapping programme with mobile and desktop versions.
  • ArcGIS Online – offers online mapping, supported with data from ESRI.
  • My Maps – Google online tool to create and share custom maps.
  • Google Earth Pro – view and use a variety of content, including map and terrain data and imagery.
  • ArcGIS Earth – explore any part of the world, accommodates 2D and 3D map data formats including KML.
  • DNR GPS – GPS download / upload software.

Also check out Google Play and iTunes stores.

Geospatial information in DOC

Geospatial information is vital to DOC, underpinning management decisions, science, policy, accounting and communications.

Our philosophy is to capture accurate data at source and gain maximum benefit from it. Staff across the Department capture, use and add and receive value from geospatial information.

DOC GIS staff.
DOC GIS working with CSI staff on tracking application of baits

DOC is supported by an award winning Geospatial Services Team. The team develops applications, provides training, support, advice and leadership, and offers a professional geospatial information service including field support, maps and analyses.

The team's work is highly varied, covering all activities of the Department. We have many relationships including with staff New Zealand wide, natural resource sector organisations, industry, education providers, community groups and iwi.

Contact us

Geospatial Services Team
Phone: +64 4 471 3222

Back to top