In a tunnel on the Otago Central Rail Trail
Image: James Jubb | ©


Learn why managing our cultural and historic heritage is so important to New Zealand.

    Our heritage is always at risk. It is important that we care for and protect our historic heritage for today and future generations.

    The government regards the management of historical heritage within its care as an important part of its responsibilities.

    DOC looks after historic sites and works with communities to tell stories and bring a place back to life. We are dedicated to providing you with valuable heritage experiences, whether that’s through creating an historic track or making resources available online.

    Our team of heritage management specialists leads DOC's direction in delivering the protection of our history and bringing it to life, while our conservation service rangers manage heritage conservation work in the regions.

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