Archives For West Coast

For 20 years our ‘bird counters’ have been flying into the remote Landsborough valley in South Westland to monitor the effects of sustained predator control on bird life. This work has contributed to a long-term picture of the health of the bird community in Landsborough Valley that includes more than a dozen native species.

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Last Thursday evening Senior Biodiversity Ranger Fiona Anderson, with help from son Hugo, released a rehabilitated Fiordland crested penguin on Chesterfield Beach near Hokitika.

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Gunnera (Chilean rhubarb) is slowly spreading to our native forests, stream banks, roadsides, and pasture. Our native plants can’t compete with this large leaved invader, so it’s time to say goodbye to Gunnera.

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Planning on visiting our scenic South Island? This two-week road trip itinerary will help you make the most of your visit to the rugged south, and includes some of the best walks and hikes New Zealand has to offer.

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New Zealand’s newest Great Walk is due to open in 2019 but for those salivating over the idea of visiting the Paparoa Range, there’s an existing network of nearby tracks to experience.

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Want to understand people better? Visit the places that matter to them. Rebecca O’Brien faces the realities of West Coast life at Brunner Mine.

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This month DOC turns 30 and we’re celebrating by looking back through the years. Today Jose Watson shares her memories of her father working for DOC in 1987.

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