New Zealand Conservation

New Zealand Conservation Environment Programme protects exceptional tramping hiking backpacking trails in backcountry New Zealand. New Zealand has had a long tradition of access to outdoor recreation, to a largely undeveloped backcountry and to extensive areas of uncrowded natural environments; outdoor recreational land is plentiful by most countries’ standards. Substantial areas of largely unmodified country are vested in the Crown as public lands, in the form of National Parks, Forest Parks and a variety of other Reserves, a Conservation Estate that is almost completely uninhabited. The first National Park was established in 1887 and very large areas of largely unmodified country continue to be added to the system. The latest National Park, Kahurangi, in the north-west of the South Island, is the country’s second largest, and was opened in 1996.

Not only is the Conservation Estate large, it is also widely distributed, although a considerable part lies along the alpine spine of the South Island and is thus remote from the growing population focus of the northern North Island. Virtually all Crown Land is open to unconstrained public access; only some scientific and nature conservation areas are closed and these are only a very small proportion of the total. Additionally, substantial areas of open High Country grassland, usually held as Crown Pastoral leases, have traditionally been open to recreationists. The twenty-metre marginal strip that borders almost all rivers, streams and lakes, the so-called Queen’s Chain, has also provided extensive recreational areas and important access routes.

Kiwi New Zealand Native Bird

Create A Safe Environment Exploring the New Zealand Backcountry

Kiwi Recovery Programme

DOC Conservation programme ” Save the Kiwi”. Kiwi is an icon and an oddity. These flightless, nocturnal birds are the national symbol of New Zealand and its people.


Kakapo Recovery Programme

DOC Conservation programme ” Save the Kakapo”. Imagine you wake up one day and are told to look after the last 86 kakapo in the world! What would you do? Well, that is the challenge facing the Kakapo Recovery Programme every day.

Department of Conservation

DOC is a government organisation charged with conserving the natural and historic heritage of New Zealand. DOC maintains the majority of tracks and huts in the New Zealand backcountry, and operates visitor centres throughout the country. www.


Kiwi Conservation Club

Kiwi Conservation Club offers children the gift of nature, encouraging them to enjoy, understand and love the natural world. Young conservationists enjoy Forest and Bird’s Children’s Club, with fact sheets, quizzes … Useful, interesting.


Environmental Care Code

Toitu te whenua (Leave the land undisturbed).

A growing number of people enjoy outdoor recreation. Many of us like to visit our rural, backcountry, coastal and road-end areas. With this rise in use has come an increasing impact on the natural environment. Damaged plants, unsightly rubbish, eroding shortcuts, polluted water, and deteriorating facilities are now more common.


Royal Forest & Bird Protection Society of New Zealand

Official website of New Zealand’s leading conservation organisation devoted to the protection of NZ Forests & birds. Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand is New Zealand’s largest national conservation organisation. The Society’s mission is to preserve and protect the native plants and animals and natural features of New Zealand.