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Explore the fort and other military structures, take your dog for a walk, have a picnic, or why not give volunteering a go at Fort Takapuna?
Explore the tunnels, guns and other structures, have a picnic, walk your dog or watch a fim at the North Head Historic Reserve.
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.
On Kawau Island you can explore historic sites, take a walk, or simply relax on the lawn of historic Mansion House.
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.
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.
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.
When you visit Motutapu, make sure you take a walk along the Motutapu Walkway and visit the many archaeological and WWI military sites on the island. Swimming, camping and picnicking are all popular activities here.
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.
Mangapohue Natural Bridge is highlight on the scenic drive from Waitomo Village to Marokopa.
The Waitomo Walkway traverses classic limestone landscape, meanders beside the Waitomo Stream through forest and open farmland.
The limestone features and native vegetation in the Tawarau Forest can best be seen by walking on one of the forest's tracks. The Loop Route, Gorge Track and Double Falls Route are all scenic tramps.
Ruakuri Scenic Reserve contains classic limestone outcrops, and is also a place of strong spiritual and cultural significance to Maori.
Several short walks along the scenic drive through Waitomo's limestone landscape to the historic west coast fishing settlement of Marokopa.
Mountain biking and hunting are popular activities in the Pureora Forest Park.
Ruakuri Reserve encompasses 114 ha of native bush and limestone formations. The reserve is only 2 km from the Waitomo glowworm cave.
White Pine Bush is a great place for people of all ages and abilities to visit and experience a piece of New Zealand's remaining coastal forest.
From the Boundary Stream Mainland Island Reserve you can enjoy a number of walks through this impressive part of the Hawke's Bay.
There are a variety of pleasant walks in the Puketitiri Reserves that pass through forests and clearings, with opportunites for bird watching and photography.
Whether you're interested in taking the family on the gentle Tumanako Loop Track or want to hike the Kamahi Loop Track to Shine Falls, there are a number of tracks at Boundary Stream Mainland Island.
After an introductory talk on the flora, fauna, and human history of the island, visitors can explore the island's tracks, studying the many rare birds and the historic artefacts.
Walks on Matiu/Somes offer excellent bird-watching opportunities and the chance to study other plants and animals enjoying the pest-free environment.
Long after its gold mines closed and the last hotel burned down, Lyell retains many reminders of a rich past which can be seen while exploring the surrounding area.
Goldsborough was once a thriving mining settlement. You can explore this history by going on some of the walks in the 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.
Nelson Creek is an excellent spot to go walking, camping and exploring. With historic water races, tunnels, recreational gold fossicking and a number of short walks, there is plenty to do.
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.
Walking, mountaineering, scenic flights, skiing and star gazing are popular activities in and around Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park.
There are many activities you can enjoy on the Kepler Track as well as day walking or tramping. These include boating, fishing, guided walks, hunting (access only), kayaking, special events and more.
There are many activities you can enjoy on the Routeburn Track as well as day walking or tramping. These include, guided walks, guided canyoning, hunting (access only) and the Routeburn Classic mountain run.
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