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:
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.
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.
|Conservation campsite pass||7 night||30 night||Annual|
|Adult (18+)||$55||$80||NZMCA members: $98 (normally $140, save 30%)|
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%)|
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|
|Normal price per adult/per night||NZMCA member price|
Terms and conditions:
You buy them directly from DOC using their booking system.
If you need help, please call DOC: South Island (03) 546 8210 North Island (07) 867 9080
Non-bookable DOC campsites
Non-bookable DOC huts
If you’ve purchased a Backcountry hut pass, enter your pass number and name in the hut when you arrive. Keep your pass with you in case you need to show it to a DOC Ranger.
You can also buy a casual ticket for a hut at DOC Visitor Centres and still save 25% ($3.75 each instead of $5). Discount not available at other hut ticket retailers. You’ll need to show your NZMCA membership card. Hut prices vary, so you may need to buy several tickets to pay for one hut night. When you arrive at the hut, simply put your tickets in the ticket box at a serviced or standard hut.
Once you’ve created your DOC account, book online. You’ll be charged the standard price. To get your 25% discount, email DOC and include a scan or photo of your NZMCA membership card. They will give you a partial refund.
Most of the Great Walks are available for 2021/22 summer, especially if you’re flexible date wise (avoid peak and long weekends). If you want to, you’ll be able to use your NZMCA discount next year to book a Great Walk place during peak when bookings open.
An NZMCA member who has a booking system account will be allowed to purchase discounted annual passes for up to 2 x adult NZMCA members provided both people are named on the same NZMCA membership card and are eligible for the discounted rate.
If you need to add your spouse/partners name to your membership card, please download this PDF and return to [email protected] for processing. It may take 2-3 working days for the National Office to process your application. From there, jump on to your NZMCA membership portal to take a screenshot of your e-membership card, which you can then upload & save on to your DOC booking system account. Your updated physical membership card will take a few more days to arrive in the post after processing.
Alternatively, if you and your spouse/partner have separate membership numbers with the NZMCA you will both need to set up a DOC booking system account with individual emails and purchase a discounted annual pass separately. If you live at the same physical address please note DOC’s booking system may not accept the same address entered in the exact same format. We suggest you make a subtle adjustment to the physical address when setting up the second account for your spouse, e.g. type “10 Smiths Avenue, Auckland” for the first account and “10SmithsAve, Auckland” for the second account (making sure to use your own address of course). DOC does not use the physical address for mailing purposes.
Give them a call if you need help setting up your DOC account or making a booking online. South Island (03) 546 8210 or North Island (07) 867 9080.
If you prefer you can buy passes and make bookings at DOC Visitor Centres. There may be a service fee of $10. If you have a disability that prevents you from using the online booking system, DOC will waive the service fee.
This replaced the old DOC / NZMCA campsite pass that expired on 30 June 2021.
As an added benefit, members also now save heaps on New Zealand’s Great Walks, huts, campsites, sole-occupancy accommodation and the backcountry hut pass.
It applies to members who have a NZMCA membership card with their name on it so DOC can check if you’re eligible for the discount. Children/grandchildren don’t have their own NZMCA membership card. We’ll try to find a way to enable this and update you when we have.