In New Zealand, the Department of Conservation (DOC) is responsible for the protection of New Zealand’s natural and historic heritage. Each outdoors-orientated area has a DOC office, which is also considered an information centre specific to the outdoors.
The Queenstown DOC office is the place to go for informative information on recreational activities and facilities in the park and surrounding regions. Hikers, trampers, climbers, mountain bikers and hunters, will find useful information and resources such as topographical maps and track closures. Hikers and climbers looking to stay in a DOC hut in the surrounding area will need to book in here before you begin your trip.
The Queenstown DOC centre is centrally located, on the second floor of the Outside Sports building on Shotover Street. Here you will also find various displays demonstrating the natural history and geological changes to the area over the past few thousand years.
Note that opening hours vary seasonally, with longer opening hours from October to April and shorter openings hours in the winter months as specified below.