Aoraki / Mt Cook National Park Visitor Centre
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Introduction

Contact your nearest DOC visitor centre for the latest information and our best tips for your visit to New Zealand's conservation areas.

We have DOC visitor centres nationwide, staffed by DOC rangers with first-hand local knowledge about conservation places and activities. Visit us for local information, bookings, and hut tickets. 

Some isites and other visitor centres also provide DOC services. They are listed on this page.

If there is no DOC visitor centre in your region, search for an isite.

On public holidays: Visitor centre hours vary. Contact the centre to confirm if they're open.

Kapiti Wellington Visitor Centre is permanently closed from 23 December 2023. 

Wanaka Visitor Centre will be closed Tuesday 27 February due to a mandatory health and safety day.

For questions regarding Mt Aspiring National Park, contact Queenstown Visitor Centre.

 


Coromandel

Kauaeranga Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 7 867 9080
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   kauaerangavc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   995C Kauaeranga Valley Road
Thames 3577
Postal Address:   PO Box 343
Thames 3540

Open hours:

  • 8:30 am – 4 pm daily

Visit the Kauaeranga Visitor Centre.


Bay of Plenty

Rotorua isite Visitor Information Centre
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   rotoruavisitor@doc.govt.nz
Address:   1167 Fenton St
Rotorua
Postal Address:   Private Bag 3007
Rotorua

Rotorua isite Visitor Information Centre

Open hours:

  • 8:30 am – 5 pm daily

DOC staff present:

  • April – October: 9 am – 1 pm Monday to Friday
  • November – March: 9 am – 4 pm Monday to Saturday

East Coast

Te Urewera Centre
Phone:   06 837 3900
Email:   teureweravc@ngaituhoe.iwi.nz
Address:   Te Kura Whenua
6249 Lake Road/SH38
Waikaremoana 4195
Te Urewera
Postal Address:   Kaitawa DOC Mailshed
Kaitawa Village
RD 5
Wairoa 4195

Open hours:

  • 8:00 am – 4:30 pm Monday to Friday

Central North Island

Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 7 892 3729
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   tongarirovc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Whakapapa Village
State Highway 48
Mount Ruapehu
Postal Address:   PO Box 71029
Whakapapa Village
Mount Ruapehu 3951

Open hours:

  • 8 am – 4:30 pm daily (Closed Christmas Day)

Visit the Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre


Taranaki

Taranaki/Egmont National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 6 756 0990
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   egmontvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   2879 Egmont Rd
Egmont National Park
Postal Address:   PO Box 462
New Plymouth 4340

Open hours:

  • 8:30 am – 3.30 pm seven days a week
  • Closed Christmas Day

No cash sales - Eftpos and payWave available. 


Dawson Falls Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 27 443 0248
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   egmontvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Manaia Rd
Egmont National Park
Postal Address:   PO Box 462
New Plymouth 4340

Open hours:

  • 9 am to 3.30 pm, Thursday to Sunday all year round.
  • Sometimes open on public holidays depending on staff availability.
  • Opening hours may vary depending on staff availability.

No cash sales - Eftpos and payWave available. 


Nelson and Marlborough

Whakatū / Nelson Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 546 9339
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   nelsonvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Millers Acre/Taha o te Awa
1/37 Halifax Street
Nelson 7010
Postal Address:   Private Bag 5
Nelson 7042

Open hours:

  • Monday to Friday: 8:30 am – 5 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 9 am – 4 pm

Rotoiti / Nelson Lakes Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 521 1806
Email:   nelsonlakesvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   View Road
St Arnaud
Postal Address:   PO Box 55
St Arnaud 7053

Open hours:

  • Winter (1 May – 31 October): 9 am – 4 pm
  • Summer (1 November – 30 April): 8 am – 4.30 pm

Closed:

  • Christmas Day
  • The Visitor Centre will close for 30 minutes between 12 pm – 1 pm during winter

West Coast

Paparoa National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 731 1895
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   paparoavc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   4294 Coast Road
Punakaiki
RD 1
Runanga 7873
Postal Address:   4294 Coast Road
Punakaiki
RD 1
Runanga 7873

Open hours:

  • April – November: 9 am – 4:30 pm daily
  • December – March: 9 am – 5 pm daily

Westland Tai Poutini National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 752 0360
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   westlandnpvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   69 Cron Street
Franz Josef Glacier 7856
Postal Address:   PO Box 14
Franz Josef Glacier 7856

Open hours:

  • 8:30 am – 5 pm daily (depending on staff availability, the visitor centre may be closed over the lunch period)

Visit the Westland Tai Poutini National Park Visitor Centre


Awarua / Haast Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 750 0809
Fax:   -
Email:   haastvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Haast Junction
Corner SH6 and Jackson Bay Road
Haast
South Westland
Postal Address:   PO Box 50
Haast 7844

Open hours:

  • 9 am – 4:30 pm daily (depending on staff availability, the visitor centre may be closed over the lunch period)

Canterbury

Arthur's Pass National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 318 9211
Email:   arthurspassvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   104 West Coast Road
Arthur's Pass
Postal Address:   PO Box 51008
Arthur's Pass 7654

Open hours:

  • October to April: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm daily
  • May to September: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm daily

Aoraki / Mt Cook National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 435 1186
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   mtcookvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   1 Larch Grove
Aoraki/Mt Cook
Postal Address:   PO Box 5
Aoraki/Mt Cook 7946

Open hours:

  • November to April: 8:30 am – 5 pm daily
  • May to October: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm daily

Visit the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park Visitor Centre


Otago

Dunedin Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 474 3300
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   dunedinvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   50 The Octagon
Dunedin
Postal Address:   PO Box 5244
Moray Place
Dunedin 9058

Open hours:

  • Monday to Friday: 8:30 am – 6 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 8:45 am – 6 pm
  • Public holidays: 9 am – 5 pm

Tititea / Mount Aspiring National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   03 4437660
Email:   wanakavc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   1 Ballantyne Road
Wanaka 9305
Postal Address:   PO Box 93
Wanaka 9343

Open hours:

  • November to April: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Monday to Sunday
  • Wanaka VC doors will be closed on 1 January 2024. However, they will still be available to answer calls and emails.

Closed

  • Christmas Day

Whakatipu-wai-Māori / Queenstown Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 442 7935
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   queenstownvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   50 Stanley Street
Queenstown
9300
Postal Address:   PO Box 811
Queenstown 9348

Open hours:

  • November to April: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm daily
  • May to October: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Monday – Saturday, closed Sunday
  • Anzac Day 25 April: 1 pm – 4:30 pm
  • Open on public holidays, except Christmas Day

Visit the Queenstown Visitor Centre


Fiordland

Te Rua-o-te-moko / Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 249 7924
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   fiordlandvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Fiordland National Park
Visitor Centre
Lakefront Drive
Te Anau 9600
Postal Address:   PO Box 29
Te Anau 9640

Open hours

  • Winter (May – 21 October): Monday to Saturday 9 am – 12 pm and 1 - 4 pm (closed 12 - 1 pm). Closed Sundays.
  • Summer (Sunday 22 October – April): Thursday to Tuesday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm and Wednesday 9 am – 4:30pm. 

Public holidays

Open as usual on all public holidays except:

  • Anzac Day, 25 April: Open 1 pm – 4:30 pm, and
  • Christmas Day: Closed all day

Visit the Te Rua-o-te-moko / Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre


Southland

Rakiura National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 219 0009
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   stewartisland@doc.govt.nz
Address:   15 Main Road
Oban 9818
Postal Address:   PO Box 3
Rakiura/Stewart Island 9846

Open hours:

    • March:
      • 8:30 am – 4 pm, Monday – Sunday
      • 9 am – 4 pm Public Holidays
    • April:
      • 8:30 am – 4 pm, Monday – Friday
      • 30 am – 3 pm, Weekends and Public Holidays

Public holidays:

      • Except Christmas day: same as weekend times or as indicated on front door
      • Christmas Day: closed

Visit the Rakiura National Park Visitor Centre

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