The Department of Conservation manages all New Zealand's conservation land and waters, including recreational opportunities in these areas. We manage more than one-third of New Zealand's land including our 14 national parks, 44 marine reserves and six marine mammal sanctuaries.
We want New Zealand to be the greatest living space on Earth. This means ensuring New Zealanders gain a wide range of benefits from healthy functioning ecosystems, recreation opportunities, and through living our history.
DOC works with a wide range of organisations and individuals to protect native species and special places, and help New Zealanders get involved in conservation.