Find out about changes that might affect the safety or enjoyment of your trip into conservation areas in the Manawatu/Whanganui region.


Staying in huts and campsites and using toilets

  • Hut capacity varies from 10 people to 50% of the hut's usual full capacity.
  • Take a tent to non-bookable huts in case the hut is at capacity. 
  • You are responsible for your own health and hygiene – take your own cleaning equipment. Leave facilities clean and fit for use by others.
  • Practise physical distancing – stay 2 metres away from people you don’t know.
  • Enable contact tracing – tell someone before you go.

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 on the MetService website before you venture out and be prepared to change your plans if conditions are unfavourable.

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