Find out about changes in conservation areas that might affect the safety or enjoyment of your trip.


COVID-19: Auckland is at Alert Level 3

All DOC huts, campsites, lodges and toilets are closed.

You must not visit tracks unless they are right by your home.

You must not self-isolate at a hut, lodge or campsite.

COVID-19: The rest of New Zealand is Alert Level 2

DOC facilities are fully open, including visitor centres, huts, campsites and toilets. Bookings for accommodation can continue to be made.

Staying in huts and campsites

  • Don’t go if unwell or have underlying medical conditions.
  • If you wish to cancel your booking in Alert Level 2 contact a DOC Visitor Centre and you will receive at full refund.
  • 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.
  • Physical distancing is required at huts – bring a tent to sleep outside if needed, or cancel your trip. Consider wearing a face covering indoors.
  • Use a QR code where provided with the NZ COVID tracer app and enable Bluetooth tracing. Use the hut intentions books
  • Huts, campsites and lodges cannot be used to self-isolate.

DOC's response to COVID-19.

    For your safety, every effort has been made to ensure this information is correct. However you should contact the local DOC visitor centre or office for the latest updates.

    Changes to weather will affect conditions in the backcountry. Always check the latest weather report before you venture out and be prepared to change your plans if conditions are unfavourable. 

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