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.

In this section

Web mapping applications

DOC Maps screenshot
DOC Maps screenshot

We have six applications that work on most devices.

These four applications don't require a login:

  • Discover the outdoors showcases recreation opportunities
  • DOC maps lets you explore key reserve, infrastructure, organisational and environmental data
  • Pesticide summaries provide information about DOC’s toxin based predator control
  • PF2050 hosts PFNZ2050 projects and current/past DOC predator control areas.

These two applications require a login - request from

  • Trapping allows DOC staff and authorised community groups to record and report on trapping and ground-based toxin operations
  • Whio allows DOC staff and authorised community groups to record blue duck/whio observations and associated predator control (trapping).


DOCs spatial data is being made increasingly discoverable from which in time will become our spatial data's home. While we're managing this transition, the two platforms (Geoportal and FTP) will remain functional but may have a reduced catalogue. 

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.

Open Data

DOC's spatial data can be discovered through and is hosted on the ESRI Open Data Platform. Data is available to download in various formats (shp, gdb, kml) and as reusable APIs (ESRI Rest and GeoJSON).

APIs for developers

DOC continues to make some spatial APIs available for application developers.


Download our geospatial data

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

DOC geoportal (being replaced)

Data includes:

  • DOC huts, campsites
  • 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.

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.

Note: This opens an FTP folder. If you're asked to log in, close the browser and try again. Get more FTP help.

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 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 27 839 8134

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