On behalf of New Zealanders DOC looks after about one third of New Zealand's land area protected for scenic, scientific, recreational, historic or cultural reasons.
New Zealand’s freshwater ecosystems range from glaciers and seepages in the mountains, down to lowland rivers and streams that flow into estuaries.
Wetlands are among the world’s most productive environments. Learn more about wetlands and conservation in New Zealand.
DOC looks after about 220 offshore islands, including New Zealand's subantarctic islands.
Find out about New Zealand biodiversity inventory and monitoring research projects, conducted by DOC and other organisations.
Use DOCgis maps to view conservation land and waters that DOC manages or find out more about the work we do.
Find out about funding sources for community groups and landowners including Nga Whenua Rahui, biodiversity funds, Nature Heritage Fund plus links to other funding organisations.
Phone 0800 DOC HOTline (0800 362 468) 24 hour emergency number to report:
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