For over 20 years, we’ve partnered with the Department of Conservation (DOC) to help protect the environment and give back to nature. We all love exploring our unique places and experiencing everything our beautiful country has to offer. We’ll continue to work together to protect and enhance what we treasure now and for future generations. We do our bit by: 

  • Members volunteering thousands of hours every year for DOC and other conservation initiatives. 
  • Funding for Kea Conservation Trust and the Greenfund
  • Advocating responsible freedom camping. 
  • Promoting new and lesser-known DOC campsites. 
  • Promoting DOC projects and opportunities to get involved in your community. 

How can I make a difference? 

You can make a difference while having fun, gaining new skills, getting fit and meeting new friends. It’s a great experience getting outdoors and doing something worthwhile for New Zealand’s environment. There are loads of opportunities every year for you to get involved in your local community or during your travels. Find out more. 

Marty and Shona Kebble (#9433) volunteered as DOC camp wardens at picturesque Anaura Bay on the East Coast.

“You’re immediately blown away by the absolute beauty of this part of the coast. We made many wonderful new friends during our time at the bay. We’re glad we discovered such a great spot to unwind and chill out and would highly recommend the experience to our fellow NZMCA members.” 

Four NZMCA members mucked in to transform Uretiti DOC Campsite (TD#790).

Scott Blackburn (#48681), Hamish Bunbury, Peter Mills (#36043), and Terry Hide (#47465) invested countless hours replanting Uretiti and beautifying the camp. “I’m not a landscaper but I like gardening and I know my way around a garden,” said Scott. They’ve planted thousands of natives and put in trailer loads of mulch.

We’d love to hear about how you’ve been mucking in

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Save up to 30% on DOC places to stay 

In recognition of NZMCA’s contribution to conservation and commitment to responsible camping, you can get the best available discounts on Department of Conservation (DOC) places to stay. 

If you’ve ever camped at a DOC site you’ll know they are located in some of the best spots in our beautiful country. They have over 170 campsites – choose from forest settings, lakeshores and sandy beaches. You’ll find them listed in your NZMCA App and in your Travel Directory.Or find out more about them on the DOC site. 

How much will I save? 

If you stay at DOC campsites or backcountry huts regularly, you’re better off buying an annual pass. NZMCA members save 30% on DOC annual passes. If you’re not a regular, you can still save 25% on the normal rates per adult per night. 

All prices below include GST and are per adult per night. Prices subject to change.

Annual passes – save 30% 

If you're using your campsite pass at a bookable DOC site, it's important you book in advance and don't wing it. That will secure your spot especially at busy campsites like Tōtaranui. You can use the annual campsite pass for up to a maximum of seven consecutive days within a 30 day period at each campground.

Conservation campsite pass 7 night 30 night Annual
Adult (18+) $55 $80 NZMCA members: $98 (normally $140, save 30%)
Child (5-17) $27.50 $40 $70
Infant (0-4) FREE FREE FREE

Your annual campsite pass will be valid for 12 months from the start date you choose when you buy it. The start date must be within 180 days of the purchase date. 

Backcountry hut pass 6 months Annual
Adult (18+) $108 NZMCA members: $100.80 (normally $144, save 30%)
Youth (11-17) $54 $61
Child (5-10) FREE FREE
Infant (0-4) FREE FREE
Casual stays – save 25% 

This is a new benefit for members who stay at DOC places occasionally but not enough to make it worth getting an annual pass. There's no limit on the number of nights you can book a DOC campsite for using this 25% discount. However, if you want to stay for more than seven nights, you'll need to make more than one booking. E.g. if you want to stay for 14 nights, book for seven and then do another booking for the other seven nights.  Sorry, it's a system glitch that will be fixed as soon as possible.

  Normal price per adult/per night NZMCA member price
Serviced $23 $17
Scenic $18 $14
  Normal price per adult/per night NZMCA member price
Serviced $20 $15
Scenic $15 $11
Standard $8 $6

You’ll also save 25% on the full price for a sole-occupancy DOC lodge, cabin or cottage and 25% on the Great Walks, huts and campsites. You can find the normal prices here

Terms and conditions: 

  • 30% discount applies to the annual passes. It doesn’t apply to the 7 night or 30 night pass options or the six month backcountry hut pass. Save 25% on casual stays. The 7 night pass is valid for 7 nights from date of purchase. The 30 night pass is valid for 30 nights from date of purchase.
  • Discounts valid from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2024. Your annual pass will be valid for 12 months from the start date you choose when you buy it. The start date must be within 180 days of the purchase date.  
  • All bookings are non-refundable.  
  • The discount can’t be applied to bookings already made. 
  • The discounts are currently only available for the person who is named on the NZMCA membership card and isn’t yet available for children or friends/family travelling with you.  

Some Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I buy one and how do I get the discount? 

Annual DOC campsite and backcountry hut passes, bookable huts and campsites, and sole-occupancy lodges, cabins or cottages

We’re two individuals in a membership; do we need to set up an account and purchase the pass separately?

One account is sufficient, but you do need your own individual passes

Can I book without doing it online?

DOC’s team can help you use their online booking system

Are there any exclusions?

Yes. The discount doesn’t apply to campsites, huts and sole-occupancy accommodation that are either not managed or owned by DOC.

How does this differ from the old DOC / NZMCA campsite pass?

On 1 Jul 2021, DOC launched a new campsite pass that anyone can buy, with more flexible purchasing options and fewer restrictions

Why doesn’t the discount apply to my children/grandchildren when they’re travelling with me?

The discount is now per person and not per vehicle

How do I get my discount?

You access this discount via the DOC online booking system.