Information about DOC facilities following the Kaikoura earthquake on 14 November 2016.

Date:  07 December 2016

Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway before the earthquake.
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway before the earthquake
Image: Shellie Evans © 

The majority of DOC campgrounds, tracks and other attractions in the upper and western South Island are still open for business.

Only the area around south Marlborough, in and around Kaikoura, is seriously impacted by the major earthquake has major closures.

People are urged to stay away from all DOC managed tracks and conservation areas in South Marlborough and Kaikoura until further notice as we still have to assess damage.

View the 23 December update on which places are open and closed.

All campgrounds, tracks and other facilities in the Marlborough Sounds, Nelson, Golden Bay and on the West Coast are open to and continuing to welcome visitors.

There is no link between volcanic eruptions in Tongariro National Park and the present earthquakes. See GeoNet for latest volcano information.

As weather can change conditions, visitors are reminded to check the DOC website, local visitor centre or i-site networks for the latest updates on our places.

Latest detail on what has been opened and what remains closed can be found on the DOC website and on individual site pages.


Check the latest alerts in the affected areas: 

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