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Bird watching, walking, photography and water sports are all popular activities on the Pouto Peninsula.
Enjoy horse riding, mountain biking and off-road driving on the peninsula. Hunters with permits can hunt on public conservation land.
A gentle ride through beautiful forest on formed 2WD metalled roads.
Mountain biking and hunting are popular activities in the Pureora Forest Park.
The 42 Traverse is a 46 km multi-use track through the Tongariro Forest Conservation Area. It is one of the best challenging mountain biking tracks in the North Island.
Bring your mountain bike or 4WD to Tongariro Forest, or come to simply observe the multitude of threatened species residing in the 'forest of the future'.
You can enjoy walking, hunting, snow skiing, fishing, rafting and canoeing in the Western Ruahine Forest Park.
There are opportunities for walking, four-wheel driving, fishing and mountain biking in Eastern Ruahine Forest park.
Recreational hunting, tramping, walking, cycling, 4 wheel driving, horse riding and camping are activities you can enjoy in and around the Aorangi Forest Park.
Learn what you can see and do on the Rainbow Road.
Ka Whata Tu o Rakihouia Clarence offers excellent recreation opportunities for trampers making the walk over the range to Warden Hut. Horse riders, mountain bikers and four-wheel-drive enthusiasts will find their Clarence experience hard to beat.
The walk up to Kirwans Hut is one of New Zealand's classic overnight tramps. A three day loop can also be made by going down the Waitahu Valley. There are incredible historic relics to be seen in this area.
These walks in Ross township, 30 km south of Hokitika on SH6, start from the Ross Goldfields Information and Heritage Centre, where you can check for up to date track conditions.
Explore the wild and remote environment of the Denniston Plateau. The historic sites provide a glimpse of times gone by.
Tramping on tracks around Big River and Waiuta is a unique experience. There are two well serviced huts and many historic sites to explore. Experience the mystery of the 'Goldfields of Quartzopolis'- a corner of Victoria Forest Park.
Victoria Forest Park is the largest park of its type in the country. There is access to the park via a network of tracks, many dating from the mining days with relics amid regenerated forest.
Three tracks in Hakatere Conservation Area, Ashburton lakes, give access to Lake Emily, Stour River and Mt Barrosa.
Tramping, climbing and hunting have long been associated with the area, while skifields and the skating rink assure year-round activity. The lake provides opportunity for water sports and fishing.
Outdoor pursuits in the park include mountain biking, horse riding, fishing, hunting, mountaineering, four wheel driving and walking and tramping.
Outdoor pursuits in the park include mountain biking, horse riding, fishing, hunting, climbing and walking and tramping.
The Lauder Basin Conservation Area, around 9,000 hectares of stunning high country set in the Dunstan Mountains, provides an interesting mix of terrain including: rocky outcrops, woody gorges, open tussock land, alpine cushion fields and tor studded alpine tops.
The Pisa Conservation Area is 23,000 hectares of stunning high country overlooking the Upper Clutha and Wakatipu basins, and beyond to the Southern Alps/Ka Tiritiri o te Moana.
Bannockburn a historic town established in 1858. There are fantastic walks and mountain biking that explores the historical gold mining relics, scenic picnic spots and also a cafe and wine tasting at the local vineyards.
Kopuwai Conservation Area offers a range of recreation opportunities including mountain biking, 4WD and hunting.
Three tracks are on and around the uplands of the Pisa Conservation Area which lies between Wanaka and Cromwell.
There are a number of short walks in the Skippers area, providing an insight to the early pioneer mining era.
Te Papanui Conservation Park protects a large tussock grassland area where the public can walk, mountain bike, 4WD, horse trek, cross-country ski and hunt.
A spectacular conservation park in the Eyre Mountains/Taka Ra Haka for the more adventurous tramper, hunter or trout fisher.
This is a 50 km, four day tramping trip, linking the Mavora Lakes Camping Area with the Greenstone Track. It passes through open valley tussock land and beech forested hill country.
You can walk the four day Mavora-Greenstone Walkway or undertake shorter walks. Other activities you can carry out in the park are boating, fishing, hunting, mountain biking and four-wheel driving.
The area is isolated and for the most part physically demanding. However for those keen on botany, high country history, hunting, tramping and exploration, there is great scope and variety.
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