20 Rankers Reviews
16 DOC Centres
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
•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
South Island ▷ West Coast ▷ Haast
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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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!
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.
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.
Rather unfriendly staff but nice things to view.
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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.
Glyn and Karen Farlow
Staff only answered questions asked, did not offer information freely, eg questions/answers when coaxed.
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.
A lot of detailed tracks, people really helpful and know what they talk about.
All information centres we have visited we very good with information about the environment. Staff everywhere are very friendly and helpful.
Best thing about Haast!
Useful about mileage and road conditions to Jackson Bay.
Useful answers about mileage and road conditions to Jackson Bay.