Haast

Haast

DOC Visitor Centre

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20 Rankers Reviews

18 Face-to-Face

16 DOC Centres

14 Haast

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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

Details

Feature Value Info

Organisation

Haast DOC Visitor Centre

Local government organisation

Location

South IslandWest CoastHaast

Categories

  • DOC Centres
  • Free

Operating Season And Hours

Nov–March 9:00am-6:00pm daily

April-May 9:00am–4.30pm daily

Christmas Day closed

Reviews

  • 20 Rankers Reviews

    Quick Quotes

    • Unfriendly people.
    • Perfect, more than friendly.
    • Best thing about Haast!
    • Rather unfriendly staff but nice things to view.
    • Nice exhibition about forests and nature.

    Rating Distribution

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    10/10 5
    25%
    9/10 4
    20%
    8/10 3
    15%
    7/10 4
    20%
    6/10 0
    0%
    5/10 3
    15%
    4/10 0
    0%
    3/10 1
    5%
    2/10 0
    0%
    1/10 0
    0%
  • Reviewed almost 4 years ago

    10/10

    Very nice DOC info centre, with a small but very interesting museum, as well as lots of info brochures.

    What we indeed like the most was the friendliness of the staff, we needed some pieces of information and the DOC employed woman efficiently provided us with all the details we looked for, always with a big smile on her face!

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    Veronica

  • Reviewed over 7 years ago

    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.

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    Markus Johannes

    Germany

  • Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

    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.

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    Henrik Bours

    Germany

  • Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in March 2014

    5/10

    Rather unfriendly staff but nice things to view.

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    Annika Marz

    Germany

  • Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in April 2014

    5/10

    Unfriendly people.

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    Anna Grafenstein

    Germany

  • Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in February 2014

    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.

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    Kiernan Matthew

    United Kingdom

  • Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in February 2014

    3/10

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

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    Glyn and Karen Farlow

    Australia

  • Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in March 2014

    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.

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    jefft

    Canada

  • Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in January 2014

    10/10

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

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    Martin Thibaut

    France

  • Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in January 2014

    9/10

    All information centres we have visited we very good with information about the environment.

    Staff everywhere are very friendly and helpful.

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    Maya Bakker-deDreu

    Netherlands

  • Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in February 2014

    10/10

    Best thing about Haast!

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    Andrew Magill

    Ireland

  • Reviewed over 8 years ago

    9/10

    Useful about mileage and road conditions to Jackson Bay.

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    Alacchi Moustier

    France

  • Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in January 2013

    9/10

    Useful answers about mileage and road conditions to Jackson Bay.

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    Jeanne Moustier

    France

  • Reviewed about 9 years ago and experienced in March 2013

    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!!!

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    Michael Heuer

    Germany

  • Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in February 2013

    8/10

    Very kind woman and gave un some good information.

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    Rogier Ramaker

    Netherlands

  • Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in February 2013

    7/10

    Has a nice small museum in it.

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    Eric

    Netherlands

  • Reviewed over 9 years ago

    9/10

    Nice exhibition about forests and nature.

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    Jitka Zenahlikova

    Czech Republic

  • Reviewed over 9 years ago

    7/10

    Pretty basic but useful nonetheless.

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    Fraser Goldsmith

    Canada

  • Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in November 2012

    10/10

    Perfect, more than friendly.

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    N Zitscher

    Germany