New Zealand is at Alert Level 1 except for Auckland which is at Alert Level 2.

Date:  22 September 2020

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

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

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.

All of New Zealand (except Auckland) is at Alert Level 1

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
  • 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.

Hunting and whitebaiting is permitted. 

Auckland is at Alert Level 2

DOC facilities are open and Alert Level 1 guidelines apply. 

At Alert Level 2 you must also 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.

Temporary closures or capacity restrictions may be necessary in DOC hut accommodation and your booking could be cancelled at short notice. Hut capacity is reduced to 50% in line with the bookings terms and conditions. If your hut booking is cancelled a full refund will be given.

Hunting and whitebaiting is permitted. Whitebaiters need to 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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