DOC Visitor Centre


6 Rankers Reviews

5 Face-to-Face

6 DOC Centres

19 Christchurch

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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 Ōtautahi / Christchurch 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
•Marine reserves
•Conservation projects
•Local stories, legends and history - our nature, our people

• Gateway to the South Island
• Akaroa and Bank’s Peninsula


Feature Value Info


DOC Canterbury

Local government organisation


South IslandCanterburyChristchurch


  • DOC Centres
  • Free

Operating Season And Hours

9:00am-4:45pm daily
Closed on Christmas Day


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S Weslake

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Very friendly and knowledgable staff who helped us plan our long weekend in CHCH before flying home next week.

Book through the iSite and you might save yourself a few $.

Also the building has some really cool shops/boutiques having been restored following the earth quakes. Definitely worth a visit.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Colin Evins

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Useful background material from helpful staff.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Jessica Wagner


Ranking: 8/10

Good knowledge.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Ina Daubenbuechel

Ranking: 8/10

We couldn't find it, and searched a long time. Got a bit of information, nice stuff.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Tom Somers


Ranking: 9/10

Friendly staff.

Reviewed about 9 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Stientje van den Heuvel


Ranking: 8/10


Reviewed about 9 years ago and experienced in March 2013