DOC's NZ response to COVID-19

Published
10/06/2020


New Zealand is at Alert Level 1. DOC facilities are fully open without restrictions - including visitor centres, huts, campgrounds and toilets.


New Zealand moving into Alert Level 1 sees a return to a life as normal with the lifting of restrictions and a focus instead on the Government's "Golden Rules for Everyone at Alert Level 1" to keep ourselves and communities healthy and safe.

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We can get back out and enjoy the great outdoors, provided it's done safely.


DOC staff can fully resume field work and return to offices to deliver their valuable conservation work.


DOC facilities are now fully open without restrictions – including visitor centres, huts, campgrounds and toilets.


All DOC facilities are displaying the Ministry of Health QR code for contact tracing so that visitors can keep their own record of the places they have visited for contact tracing if there are future COVID-19 cases.


We’re asking everyone to be hygiene conscious when using offices and facilities.


Alert Level 1 golden rules
There is an expectation that visitors to Conservation Land will take personal responsibility to follow the NZ Government’s "Golden Rules for Everyone at Alert Level 1":


  1. If you’re sick, stay home. Don’t go to work or school. Don’t socialise.
  2. If you have cold or flu symptoms call your doctor or Healthline and make sure you get tested.
  3. Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.
  4. Sneeze and cough into your elbow, and regularly disinfect shared surfaces.
  5. If you are told by health authorities to self-isolate you must do so immediately.
  6. If you’re concerned about your wellbeing, or have underlying health conditions, work with your GP to understand how best to stay healthy.
  7. Keep track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen to help contact tracing if needed. Use the NZ COVID Tracer app as a handy way of doing this.
  8. Businesses should help people keep track of their movements by displaying the Ministry of Health QR Code for contact tracing.
  9. Stay vigilant. There is still a global pandemic going on. People and businesses should be prepared to act fast to step up Alert Levels if we have to.
  10. People will have had different experiences over the last couple of months.
  11. Whatever you’re feeling – it’s okay. Be kind to others. Be kind to yourself.
  12. With border controls and quarantine requirements still in place, we remind new arrivals to New Zealand that quarantining is never permitted in any DOC hut or campground.

More information

COVID-19 and hunting - how to get a hunting permit and hunting on public conservation land. 

NZ Government COVID-19 website (external site)

NZ Government COVID-19 website (external site)