Preparing for the trip ahead
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Find out about changes in conservation areas that might affect the safety or enjoyment of your trip.
Get MetService weather forecasts for national parks and other conservation areas, as well as severe weather warnings, the brief mountain forecast and other weather bulletins.
Plan your land based trip into the New Zealand outdoors. Enter some basic information then receive alerts, forecasts and resources relevant to the activity you're doing.
5 essential things to do before you go to ensure you have a great trip and make it home.
Find out where pesticides are being used in DOC regions and decide where and where not to go.
Plan to have as little impact as possible on the environment, other people and heritage relics when enjoying activities. There is a lot you can do to make a difference.
Avalanches can occur in any season. Anytime that snow and steep slopes are combined there is potential for an avalanche. You need to understand the risks before you visit avalanche-prone country.
Get advice on how to prevent wildfires. Call 111 if you start or see a wildfire.
A guide to where you can take your dogs on public conservation lands, and the conditions of access.
Our Explore New Zealand brochure highlights the must-see places to go and things to do across the country. More specific brochures are also available.
Get the right map for your trip. Find out what maps are available and where to buy them so you can adequately plan for your trip.
Some activities on DOC lands require a licence, permit or concession. Make sure you know and abide by the rules of the area you’re visiting.
Check your gear and help keep islands in the Bay of Islands, Hauraki Gulf, Wellington, Marlborough Sounds, Fiordland and other areas pest-free.