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Motukawanui Island offers opportunities for swimming and snorkelling or you can walk the track and view the historic pa sites.
When you visit Ahipara, make sure you take a walk around the reef and along the Ahipara foreshore. Scenic views and panoramic landscapes are just waiting to be explored. Swimming, surfing and fishing are popular activities here.
This area provides easy access to scenic walking tracks and picnic areas. Other recreational opportunities range from enjoying the stunning views, exploring historical sites, swimming and fishing.
The area provides easy access to great walking tracks and picnic areas. Other recreation opportunities range from enjoying the stunning views, bird watching, tramping, and mountain biking, to swimming, diving, fishing and surfing.
The area around Te Rerenga Wairua (Cape Reinga) provides easy access to walking tracks and beautiful swimming areas.
Urupukapuka Island is a great place for fishing, swimming and all types of water sports or you can take a walk and learn more about the historic heritage of the island.
Boating, kayaking or snorkelling are great activities within the Whangarei Harbour Marine Reserve.
Walking the track will take you through a mixed landscape of pasture and wooded areas to the beautiful white sands of Taronui Bay.
One of the bush walks at Mimiwhangata, the track leads you to the top of the ridge with impressive views of the peninsula and out towards the Poor Knights Islands.
The Loop Walk around the headland provides a little of everything that Mimiwhangata has to offer.
This bush walk at Mimiwhangata offers superb views of Mimiwhangata, the coast and the Poor Knights Islands:
At Otamure Bay campsite you’ll find the Watkin Powell Track. The short track leads to a sandy, secluded beach at Tauwhara Bay.
Tutukaka Head has a number of good beaches and is a great place for swimming, boating, fishing, surfing and diving. The site’s main walking track leads to the Tutukaka Lighthouse.
The Otito Track meanders through forest before leading you to several small sandy beaches.
The Motutara Recreation Reserve lies halfway between Russell and Whangarei. At the reserve you’ll find several small beaches and some good fishing and diving spots.
This scenic track follows the rugged coastline of Cape Reinga and descends to Te Werahi and Twilight beaches. Self-sufficient camping is available.
The Whangaruru North Head Walking Tracks can be accessed from the popular campsite at Puriri Bay. The tracks follow through native forest and ridgelines before dropping down into secluded bays.
Visitors to the Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve can enjoy boating, snorkelling, scuba diving and canoeing.
Mimiwhangata is a great place for beach activities such as swimming, snorkelling, fishing, picnicking or just relaxing.
The Motukawanui Island Track traverses Motukawanui Island, which is the largest island in the Cavalli Island group. The island features archaeological sites and is home to many native birds, including the endangered NZ dotterel.
This easy track is just 1 km north of Maiki/Flagstaff Hill, near Russell. Tapeka Point is the perfect base for exploring this part of the Bay of Islands by land or water.
Whether interested in walking the Cape Brett or Whangamumu tracks, taking a refreshing swim and snorkel at Deep Water Cover or learning more about the area's Maori history there is much to do in the Cape Brett area.
The archaeological walk on Urupukapuka Island is suitable for people of most ages and fitness levels. It's a great place to learn about the area’s Maori history.
This track goes right around Moturua Island. You can join the track at any of the main beaches and walk through open grassy areas and along cool shady stretches beneath the regenerating coastal forest trees.
The well-marked track climbs up to the pa located in the centre of the island from where you can get spectacular 360-degree views of the surrounding Bay of Islands.
The Cape Brett Track traverses rugged terrain for 16 km through native and regenerating bush. Expect dramatic coastal views; steep cliffs and drop-offs to the side of the track are a feature.
Find out about activities on Waiheke Island.
Motuora is a popular destination for picnicking, volunteering and bird watching. You can stay overnight in the island's camp ground or small bach.
Visit Te Hauturu-o-Toi/Little Barrier Island for the day and be rewarded by the experience of seeing rare and endangered plants, birds and animals not often seen on the New Zealand mainland.
The best way to experience the marine reserve is by snorkelling or diving. With its excellent beaches, Tāwharanui is also a great spot for picnicking, swimming and surfing.
The Long Bay-Okura Marine Reserve is popular due to its long sandy beach and calm waters. Remember that marine reserves are ‘no take’ areas, so fishing or removing marine life is not permitted.
This return walk traverses the coast part way to Cape Rodney. overlooking New Zealand's oldest and most popular marine reserve.
Be sure to spend time at the visitor centre before venturing out on one of the many bush or coastal walks. You’ll also want to visit the island’s historic lighthouse and pa sites.
The best way to experience the reserve is by snorkelling or diving. Coastal walkways meander through coastal forest and offer fine views and quiet picnic spots.
Snorkel, dive, take a leisurely walk, or explore historic sites on the island including three pa.
The Mokohinau Islands provide a dramatic backdrop for boating and the waters are excellent for diving and snorkelling. Look out for native wildlife on Burgess Island or take a walk to the lighthouse.
On Great Barrier Island you can take a soak in thermal springs, tramp through coastal forests or snorkel in an isolated cove. Boating, kayaking and fishing are other popular activities on the island.
Within Te Matuku Bay, the most rewarding activities are above the water - bird watching and kayaking – because the water itself is shallow and muddy.
Take a walk to the Rangitoto’s summit or meander along the many coastal and forest walk available. Considered one of the world’s botanical gems, it’s a great place to view unusual plants.
Access to Motuihe Recreation Reserve is by private boat, water taxi or Fullers ferry. Once there you’ll enjoy camping, swimming, walks, visiting historic sites and bird watching.
There are many recreational opportunities and places of interest to visit in the area. You can enjoy snorkelling, diving, boating and walking scenic tracks.
Tūhua Marine Reserve is a popular dive spot and the lovely beaches, pohutukawa forest and crater lakes make the island itself a fantastic place to explore.
Tūhua is privately owned and landing is only allowed by permission of the Tūhua Trust Board. Opportunities to enjoy the island's unique character and wildlife must be pre-arranged.
Snorkelling, diving, boating and walking are all great ways to explore different aspects of Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve.
Surfing, diving, boating, seal watching and walking are all popular activities in the reserve.
The Sugar Loaf Islands Marine Protected Area comprises 749 hectares of seabed, foreshore and water around the Ngā Motu/Sugar Loaf Islands. It offers some great recreational opportunities.
This 1800 ha marine reserve encloses a typical slice of the north Taranaki coastline, as well as the possibly unique sponge gardens of Pariokariwa reef.
Diving is allowed within the reserve, and the sponge gardens are well worth a look
At Te Angiangi Marine Reserve you can swim, snorkel, dive and boat, or explore the reserve's beach.
Recreational hunting, tramping, walking, cycling, 4 wheel driving, horse riding and camping are activities you can enjoy in and around the Aorangi Forest Park.
Diving, snorkelling, kayaking, swimming, surfing, study and photography are among activities that can be enjoyed in Wellington's Taputeranga Marine Reserve.
Walking, mountain biking, fishing, snorkelling, diving and picnicking are activities you can enjoy at Whitireia Park.
Divers and snorkellers can get amongst the sea life and there are plenty of opportunities for bird watching and other wildlife pursuits for walkers, boaties and kayakers.
At Turakirae Head you'll find the largest New Zealand fur seal colony in the Wellington region as well as the internationally-famous geological record revealed by five earthquake-raised beaches.
Enjoy the coastal views on this walkway between Cable Bay and The Glen, near Nelson. Boating, sea kayaking, and snorkeling are all possible.
The best way to experience the reserve and its inhabitants is from the water. In addition to boating, snorkelling and diving there are also plenty of opportunities for bird-watching.
Swimming, snorkelling, and kayaking are popular activities in the marine reserve.
The reserve is a great place for walking, exploring the intertidal zone, snorkelling, diving, kayaking and boating.
Learn about the tracks and walks and other recreation opportunities in the Marlborough Sounds.
Boating and kayaking are probably the best way to see the reserve’s many marine mammals and birds.
Enjoy many activities along the Milford Road and in beautiful Milford Sound/Piopiotahi, including walking and tramping, boating, climbing, fishing, guided activities, hunting, kayaking and more.
The many activities to enjoy in western Fiordland include walking and tramping, boating, diving, fishing, guided activities, historic sites, hunting, kayaking, scenic flights and more.
Fiordland National Park is a fantastic spot to enjoy many activities with your family and friends, including walking, tramping (multi day), boating, camping, climbing, fishing, hunting, kayaking, and more.
Diving, fishing and boating are all great ways to see this unique place, but the fiords are fragile so please use care when visiting.
Stewart Island/Rakiura's main settlement of Oban offers visitor services and recreation opportunities. You can go on walks and excursions from Halfmoon Bay, including visits to beautiful Ulva Island/Te Wharawhara Open Sanctuary and Rakiura Track Great Walk.
Scuba diving is a rewarding way to view the reserve and its inhabitants - but wear a wetsuit as the water can be very cold. Boat passengers and sea kayakers can also get a good view of the reserve.
Well-formed walking tracks, toilets, shelters and information signs have been put in place for the use of visitors to the island. Ulva Island can be visited during daylight hours at any time of year.
With about 245 km of walking tracks, Rakiura National Park is a paradise for walkers and trampers.
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