Haast

DOC Visitor Centre

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Start your journey through New Zealand's stunning landscapes at a Department of Conservation (DOC) Visitor Centre. Information about conservation areas, as well as DOC's 14,000 km of tracks, 9 Great Walks, and network of 950 huts and 324 campsites.

DOC Awarua / Haast Visitor Centre is staffed by DOC rangers who have firsthand, in-depth local knowledge. We provide information about:

•Walks and hiking - short walks, multi-day hikes, Great Walks
•Track conditions, weather, and safety
•Hut and Campsite bookings
•Heritage sites
•Cycleways
•Maps
•Marine reserves
•Conservation projects
•Local stories, legends and history - our nature, our people

• Displays and information on the Te Wahipounamu - South West New Zealand World Heritage Area
•Watch the short film "Edge of Wilderness"
•Marine life: penguins, seals, and dolphins

Contact

Email: haastvc@doc.govt.nz

Phone: +64-3-7500809

Haast Address:
Haast Junction, Cnr SH6 & Jackson Bay Road

Operating Season And Hours: Nov–March 9:00am-6:00pm daily April-May 9:00am–4.30pm daily Christmas Day closed

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18 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 2.

Markus Johannes's avatar

Markus Johannes

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

All the information you need to know before going North or South. There is an exhibition attached to the information centre with many facts, videos, pictures, stories about the history of South West NZ.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Henrik Bours

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Friendly etc, but would not give the information we wanted to have, that is: pathways, altitudes of these, experiences with these etc. But always eager to help with topo map support.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Annika Marz

Germany

Ranking: 5/10

Rather unfriendly staff but nice things to view.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Anna Grafenstein

Germany

Ranking: 5/10

Unfriendly people.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in April 2014

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Kiernan Matthew

United Kingdom

Ranking: 5/10

Had all of the leaflets available but staff involved in a chat in the middle of site which I did not want to interrupt to get assistance and information on Fox and Franz Josef tours.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Glyn and Karen Farlow

Australia

Ranking: 3/10

Staff only answered questions asked, did not offer information freely, eg questions/answers when coaxed.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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jefft

Canada

Ranking: 7/10

Large facility with modern interior. 1990s architecture, large visitor/interactive display which was unfortunately dated and felt old. Local school children had poems and artwork on display which demonstrated good connectivity with youth and local community groups.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Martin Thibaut

France

Ranking: 10/10

A lot of detailed tracks, people really helpful and know what they talk about.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Maya Bakker-deDreu

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

All information centres we have visited we very good with information about the environment. Staff everywhere are very friendly and helpful.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Andrew Magill

Ireland

Ranking: 10/10

Best thing about Haast!

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Alacchi Moustier

France

Ranking: 9/10

Useful about mileage and road conditions to Jackson Bay.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

Jeanne Moustier's avatar

Jeanne Moustier

France

Ranking: 9/10

Useful answers about mileage and road conditions to Jackson Bay.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in January 2013

Michael Heuer's avatar

Michael Heuer

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

A very good exhibition and many details about catching the 'whitebait'. In the carpark in front of the DOC information centre you should try 'whitebait patties' (weekdays only) - Hmmmm do it!!!

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in March 2013

18 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 2.

Markus Johannes's avatar

Markus Johannes

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

All the information you need to know before going North or South. There is an exhibition attached to the information centre with many facts, videos, pictures, stories about the history of South West NZ.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Henrik Bours's avatar

Henrik Bours

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Friendly etc, but would not give the information we wanted to have, that is: pathways, altitudes of these, experiences with these etc. But always eager to help with topo map support.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in March 2014

Conservation Campsite Pass

Save up to 70% on campsite fees! Support conservation and experience the natural beauty of NZ. 96 Department of Conservation campsites, one convenient pass.

Get the Pass

Annika Marz's avatar

Annika Marz

Germany

Ranking: 5/10

Rather unfriendly staff but nice things to view.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in March 2014

Anna Grafenstein's avatar

Anna Grafenstein

Germany

Ranking: 5/10

Unfriendly people.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in April 2014

Top Ranked NZ Deals Pass

Access savings worth hundreds of $$ on Top Ranked NZ Accommodation and Activities for just $1 per day.

Get deals pass

Kiernan Matthew's avatar

Kiernan Matthew

United Kingdom

Ranking: 5/10

Had all of the leaflets available but staff involved in a chat in the middle of site which I did not want to interrupt to get assistance and information on Fox and Franz Josef tours.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in February 2014

Glyn and Karen Farlow's avatar

Glyn and Karen Farlow

Australia

Ranking: 3/10

Staff only answered questions asked, did not offer information freely, eg questions/answers when coaxed.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in February 2014

jefft's avatar

jefft

Canada

Ranking: 7/10

Large facility with modern interior. 1990s architecture, large visitor/interactive display which was unfortunately dated and felt old. Local school children had poems and artwork on display which demonstrated good connectivity with youth and local community groups.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in March 2014

Avoid Camping Fines!

The only camping map where each location is approved by every regional council in NZ. So if it shows on the map, you’re allowed to stay.

The Rankers Camping NZ app, is also in association with…

Martin Thibaut's avatar

Martin Thibaut

France

Ranking: 10/10

A lot of detailed tracks, people really helpful and know what they talk about.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in January 2014

Maya Bakker-deDreu's avatar

Maya Bakker-deDreu

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

All information centres we have visited we very good with information about the environment. Staff everywhere are very friendly and helpful.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in January 2014

Andrew Magill's avatar

Andrew Magill

Ireland

Ranking: 10/10

Best thing about Haast!

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in February 2014

Camping NZ App Icon

Camping NZ App

Every camping site on your iPhone™, iPad™ or Android™ phone or tablet. Avoid camping penalties using this council approved app. Featuring offline maps.

Download from the App Store Download Android app on Google Play

Alacchi Moustier's avatar

Alacchi Moustier

France

Ranking: 9/10

Useful about mileage and road conditions to Jackson Bay.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

Jeanne Moustier's avatar

Jeanne Moustier

France

Ranking: 9/10

Useful answers about mileage and road conditions to Jackson Bay.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in January 2013

Michael Heuer's avatar

Michael Heuer

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

A very good exhibition and many details about catching the 'whitebait'. In the carpark in front of the DOC information centre you should try 'whitebait patties' (weekdays only) - Hmmmm do it!!!

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in March 2013