COVID-19 Level 2 Restrictions
Covid-19 Alert Level 2 commenced at 2359 hours on Wednesday 13th May and continues until further notice! Under this level, tracks, huts, campgrounds & visitor centres can be used again. Larger huts must have no more 10 persons occupying them (carry a tent to all huts so appropriate physical distancing can be maintained - 2m recommended). Visitors will need to carry there own cleaning equipment, and are highly encouraged to fill out hut books for contact tracing purposes! Hunting will be permitted again on conservation land.

Further Information: DOC Website,


Protect Plants and Animals

  • Treat New Zealands forests and birds with care and respect. They are unique and often rare.
  • Remove Rubbish - Litter is unaatractive, harmful to wildlife and can increase vermin and disease. Plan your visits to reduce rubbish, and carry out what you carry in.
  • Bury Toilet Waste - In areas without toilet facilities, bury your toilet waste in a shallow hole well away from waterways, tracks, campsites and huts.
  • Keep Streams and Lakes Clean -When cleaning and washing, take the water and wash well away from the water source. Because soaps and detergents are harmful to water-life, drain used water into the soil to allow it to be filtered. If you suspect the water may be contaminated, either boil it for at least 3 minutes, or filter it, or chemically treat it.
  • Take Care With Fires - Portable fuel stoves are less harmful to the environment and are more efficient than fires. if you do use a fire, keep it small, use only dead wood and make sure it is out by dousing it with water and checking the ashes before leaving.
  • Camp Carefully - When camping, leave no tracce of your visit and do not camp on fragile ground or vegetation.
  • Keep to the Track - By keeping to the track, where one exists, you lessen the chance of damaging fragile plants.
  • Consider Others - People visit the back country and rural areas for many reasons. Be considerate of other visitors who also have a right to enjoy the natural environment.
  • Respect Our Cultural Heritage - Many places in New Zealand have a spiritual and historical significance. Treat these places with consideration and respect.
  • Enjoy Your Visit - Enjoy your outdoor experience. Take a last look before leaving an area; will the next visitor know you have been there?

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