Explore our nature with interactive mapping tools and free downloadable data.

Geospatial (location-aware) information is key to DOC as well as our many visitors. Explore our nature with web maps and free data, check out a selection of mobile and desktop apps, and learn more about DOC's geospatial information.

Recreation maps

Discover the outdoors (DTO) shows the activities you can do on conservation land including walking, camping, and hunting. These maps are also embedded on our parks and recreation web pages.

Viewing the map in a full window gives a better experience, including the option to print a map to PDF.

These maps are for reference only, and you shouldn't rely on them for navigation. 

Elevation profiles

Elevation profiles are part of DTO maps. You can see elevation profiles on about 60% of our tracks.

Printing maps from DTO

From DTO, you can print the map you're viewing to a PDF file (and then to paper). 

If you're viewing a DTO map that's embedded on a web page, click the "Open in full window" link to get the "Print" option.

Predator control and operations maps

  • Our general DOC map lets you explore DOC infrastructure, such as our operational areas and environmental data
  • Pesticide summaries provide information about DOC’s toxin based predator control
  • PF2050 hosts PFNZ2050 projects and current/past DOC predator control areas.

The following are for DOC staff and authorised community groups:

  • Trapping to record and report on trapping and ground-based toxin operations
  • Whio to record blue duck/whio observations and associated predator control (trapping).

To request a login for the trapping and whio maps contact

Using our data

Read the terms and conditions of using our spatial data. All data is in New Zealand Transverse Mercator (NZTM) projection unless otherwise stated.

APIs for developers

APIs are available for tracks, huts and campsites.

Request DOC APIs.

Geospatial data

You can download geospatial data from the DOC Open Spatial Data Portal. Data is downloadable in various formats (shp, gdb, kml, GPX) and as reusable APIs (ESRI Rest and GeoJSON).

Data includes:

  • public conservation areas, marine reserves, marine mammal sanctuaries
  • DOC tracks, huts, campsites
  • freedom camping (prohibited and restricted areas)
  • recreational hunting permit areas
  • deer and pest distribution (NZ)
  • ecological districts and regions
  • pesticide summary operational areas
  • estuarine, freshwater, and marine data
  • descriptions and metadata

DOC Open Spatial Data Portal.

Mobile and desktop apps

There are many options for exploring geospatial data including:

  • QGIS – an open source geographic information system.
  • Explorer for ArcGIS and ArcGIS Explorer Desktop – a viewer and mapping programme with mobile and desktop versions.
  • ArcGIS Online – offers online mapping, supported with data from ESRI.
  • My Maps – Google online tool to create and share custom maps.
  • Google Earth Pro – view and use a variety of content, including map and terrain data and imagery.
  • ArcGIS Earth – explore any part of the world, accommodates 2D and 3D map data formats including KML.
  • DNR GPS – GPS download / upload software.

DOC's geospatial work

Geospatial information is vital to DOC, underpinning management decisions, science, policy, accounting and communications.

Our philosophy is to capture accurate data at source and gain maximum benefit from it. Staff across the Department capture, use and add and receive value from geospatial information.

DOC is supported by an award winning Geospatial Services Team. The team develops applications, provides training, support, advice and leadership, and offers a professional geospatial information service including field support, maps and analyses.

The team's work is highly varied, covering all activities of the Department. We have many relationships including with staff New Zealand wide, natural resource sector organisations, industry, education providers, community groups and iwi.

Contact us

Geospatial Services Team

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