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.

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Web mapping applications

We have six applications that work on most devices.

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  • 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.
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  • 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).

Data will eventually 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. 

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.

Note: Be aware of safety in the outdoors including hunting and firearms safety if you're heading outdoors.

Open data

Our spatial data is on and 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.

Access the DOC geoportal and click search to see all data listings or to refine your search.

Learn about using the Geoportal and 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.

Access our GIS folder on FTP.

Note: This links to our Cerberus download site. Get help on downloading files.

Mobile and desktop apps

There are many options for exploring geospatial data including:

  • 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.

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.

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Geospatial Services Team

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