Introduction

New Zealand is at Alert Level 2. DOC facilities are open - including visitor centres, huts, campgrounds and toilets - with special guidelines for use.

Date:  09 September 2020

DOC is working to support the New Zealand Government’s COVID-19 response, keep everyone safe and stop the spread.

DOC huts, campsites and tracks

Be aware, in the event of heightened COVID-19 levels, temporary closures or capacity restrictions may be necessary in DOC hut accommodation and your booking could be cancelled at short notice. At Alert Level 2 hut capacity is reduced to 50% in line with the bookings terms and conditions. If your hut booking is cancelled at Alert Level 2 a full refund will be given.

Take responsibility for your health and the health of others, when staying in huts, campsites and lodges and using toilets:

  • stay home if you're unwell
  • wash your hands regularly
  • keep 2 metres distance from people you don’t know, bring a tent to sleep outside if needed, or cancel your trip
  • wear a face covering when you can’t physically distance
  • you are responsible for your own health and hygiene – take and use your own cleaning and protective equipment. Leave facilities clean and fit for use by others
  • keep a record of where you’ve been– tell someone before you go and use the hut intentions books
  • huts, campsites and lodges cannot be used to self-isolate.

Remember to be prepared when travelling outdoors in winter/early spring. Check the weather and track conditions before you go and make sure you take the necessary food, water, clothing and equipment. Some facilities may be closed or remain closed for non-COVID-19 reasons (such as the Routeburn Track due to storm damage).  

Concessionaires and community groups can operate on public conservation land provided they do so safely and follow Ministry of Health guidelines. Tourism concessionaires need an up to date WorkSafe plan to respond to COVID-19.

Hunting and whitebaiting

Hunting on public conservation land is allowed. Hunters will need the appropriate hunting permit or hold the required concession and abide by Ministry of Health guidelines.

Whitebaiting is permitted provided whitebaiters maintain 2 metre physical distancing while complying with the fishing rules.


More information

Check this website for more information including hunting permits, track updates, closures and safety advice.

COVID-19 and hunting - how to get a hunting permit and hunting on public conservation land. 

NZ COVID Tracer app

NZ Government COVID-19 website

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