Stay safe in the outdoors with these five essential steps:
Fires can be devastating to our native plants and wildlife as well as people. Before lighting a fire check it's permitted and safe, and get advice on reducing fire risks.
Visit Check it's alright for fire safety advice.
Carry proof of vaccination (if eligible) with you when staying in DOC accommodation, practice good hygiene to reduce the spread of illness, wear masks and keep 1 m from those outside your group where possible. Stay home if you are sick. Keep a record of where you’ve been in case contact tracing is needed and use QR codes where they are available.
Most of all enjoy your time in nature to relax, unwind and refresh.
This summer, take a moment to spot native mistletoes in flower and enjoy the spectacular red blooms of rātā and pōhutakawa – our Kiwi Christmas trees.
Summer is also a vital time for our wildlife. With more of us outdoors it’s important to give wildlife space – particularly in coastal areas and out on the water. To keep our vulnerable birds, marine mammals and their young safe over summer, know the rules and check your dog is allowed before heading outdoors.
Demand for Great Walks and other DOC huts and campsites is high this summer, so book them online if you can. There are still lots of options available over the school holidays and beyond if you are flexible with where or when you go.
We’ve picked some of the best summer experiences across Aotearoa including walks and bike rides, places to enjoy nature and heritage, and places to stay.
For those of us staying close to home this summer, here are some activities you can do to let nature in and strengthen your wellbeing: Let nature in.
Eligible people must be fully vaccinated to use DOC accommodation.