Several walking tracks and a wonderful viewing hide have been built so you get up close and personal with the wetland.
The Tauranga area covers the Kaimai and Mamaku forests, including the Otanewainuku and Otawa Scenic Reserves, and a number of small reserves in the Western Bay of Plenty.
The Rotorua Lakes area covers approximately 35,000 hectares of public land, made up of relatively small reserves bordered mostly by farmland, pine forest or lakes.
The Kaituna wetland is a major legacy for future generations.
Accessible by road, Otanewainuku is a great place to see original forest with giant trees and healthy bird life. A volunteer trust helps to conserve the wildlife here.
Otawa Scenic Reserve in the Papamoa Hills contains attractive lowland forest dominated by tawa and rewarewa.
Enjoy the historic character of the northern Kaimai or go tramping or hunting in the central or southern zones. The unusual combination of semi-coastal and alpine plant species makes this forest unique and highly significant.
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Hunting in conservation areas brochure
Importing and exporting hunting trophies
DOC maps: Discover the outdoors - DOC's key places, campsites, tracks and huts, and visitor centres on a map
Check, Clean, Dry between waterways and stop the spread of didymo.
Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:1. Plan your trip2. Tell someone3. Be aware of the weather4. Know your limits5. Take sufficient supplies
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