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Dept of Conservation (DoC)
Important DoC Information for 4WD Enthusiasts

Department of Conservation

DoC on-line publications about where to go 4 wheel driving and how to reduce any impact on the land and animals.

Press the Download button at bottom of page for the North or South Island PDF File

These PDF pamphlets provide advice on environmental issues around 4x4 use and offer a variety of locations on DoC managed lands where 4x4 recreation can be enjoyed.

New Zealand has some great places for responsible off-road driving. Whether you use your vehicle to go camping, hunting, fishing, or to simply enjoy driving through spectacular landscapes, there are many different sites on public conservation land to choose from.

Click here for the DoC Guide to approved 4WD driving areas

Four wheel driving on conservation land

Learn about specific 4WD routes in DOC-managed areas.

North Island 4WD Routes South Island 4wd Routes

Four wheel driving on DoC approved areas.

The links listed below have information about the places where it is currently OK to use your 4WD off the highway.


Pouto Peninsula

Coromandel Peninsula

Tongariro Forest Conservation Area

Eastern Ruahine Forest Park

Aorangi Forest Park
Big River

Ruataniwha Conservation Park

Craigieburn Forest Park

Mavora Lakes Park

Eyre Mountains

Off-road care code

Please follow the code of conduct for the long-term sustainability of the activity and the environment.

Off-road care code

DoC Cabins and Campsites located in 4WD areas

Pureora Forest Park

Cabins, 54 km from Te Kuiti. Off SH 30 on Village Rd, 120 metres from Pureora Field Centre.

Kakaho Camping area, Link Rd from Pureora Field Centre or Kakaho Road from SH 32.

Ngaherenga camping area, Off SH 30, adjacent to Pureroa Forest Park site centre.

Piripiro Flats campsite, Piropiro Rd, off SH 4 or 30

Whirinaki Recreation Area

Whirinaki Recreation Camp
Drive from Murupara to Minginui Village. The cabins are 5 km from Minginui Village on Old Te Whaiti Road.

Mangamate camping area, 90 km south east of Rotorua. Minginui Rd, off SH 38.

Department of Conservation maps
Check the boundaries and access.

The Department of Conservation have their own GIS mapping system with details of all NZ.

Click Here for More Info

The Auckland Regional Council mapping system.

Auckland Regional Council have a mapping system that can be accessed through the web. Check out Regional Parks, property boundaries and heaps of other GIS material.

Click Here for Auckland's maps

Tidal Information and times throughtout NZ

Visit the Land Information site for the Tide Tables for NZ.
This is useful if organising a trip to any of New Zealand's great beaches.

Click Here for Tide Info

This only a small amount of information on the DoC Web-site so a visit is well recommended.

Biosecurity NZ

Biosecurity New Zealand

Biosecurity New Zealand is a division of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF). It has the lead role in preventing unwanted pests and diseases from reaching New Zealand, and for controlling, managing or eradicating them should they arrive.
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Please contact me if you have any new information relavant for access to 4WD tracks on publicly owned propertry managed by the DoC for the recreational use of the public (Tax payers & voters)!

Updated 18 October 2007


More Information at: www.doc.govt.nz

Files to Download
DOC North Island.pdf
DOC South Island.pdf

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