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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.
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'.
Recreational hunting, tramping, walking, cycling, 4 wheel driving, horse riding and camping are activities you can enjoy in and around the Aorangi Forest Park.
Walking, mountain biking, horse riding and picnicking are activities you can enjoy at Whareroa Farm, a recreation reserve near Paekakariki on the Kapiti coast.
A network of tracks in Rimutaka Forest Park provides good access to many areas suitable for walking and hunting.
The walks in the Catchpool Valley are suitable for all ages and fitness levels. There is also a specially marked dog exercise area just past the park entrance gate.
You can take guided nature tours and horse treks on the spit. Learn about the area’s walks and the historic and natural features to look out for along the way.
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.
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.
There are a number of tracks in the Omarama area suitable for walking, mountain biking and horse riding.
This marked route links Charlies Saddle to Stanley Vale Hut, St James Conservation Area.
Fowlers Pass (1296m) connects Fowlers Hut on Tophouse Road with Stanley Vale and Lake Guyon huts in the St James Conservation Area.
The St James offers a great range of recreation opportunities for a wide range of interests and abilities.
You can explore the varying terrain of North Opuha Conservation Area on foot, horseback or mountain bike.
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.
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.
Tramping tracks in Whakaari Conservation Area near Glenorchy.
This walk passes through native forest and bush, crossing burns (streams) and giving access to Lake Wanaka itself. This track is suitable for walking, mountain biking and horse riding.
You can walk, mountainbike or horseride the Minaret Burn Track.
You can walk, ride a mountainbike or ride a horse through the rail trail. On the way you can experience striking scenery, view art deco buildings and visit courntry pubs in small towns.
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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