Map of New Zealand.
NorthlandAucklandCoromandelWaikatoBay of PlentyEast CoastCentral North IslandTaranakiManawatu/WhanganuiHawke’s BayWairarapaWellington/KapitiChatham IslandsNelson/TasmanMarlboroughWest CoastCanterburyOtagoFiordlandSouthland
Bay of Plenty.
East Coast.
Central North Island.
Hawke’s Bay.
Chatham Islands.
West Coast.


Toetoe Northland. Photo: C. Rudge.

Northland is a popular destination, with many places to visit, including Urupukapuka Island, Mimiwhangata Coastal Park and Waipoua Forest.


Aerial view of North Head with Rangitoto Island in the background, Auckland.

Tiritiri Matangi, Rangitoto and Great Barrier Island, in the beautiful Hauraki Gulf, are amongst the many beautiful and significant places to visit in the Auckland region.


Beach at Whangapoua Harbour, Coromandel Peninsula. Photo: Sietse Bouma.

Learn about some of the places you can visit in the Coromandel region, including Kauaeranga Valley and Te Whanganui-A-Hei (Cathedral Cove) Marine Reserve.


Mount Pirongia.

Discover the places of the Waikato region, including Pureora Forest Park, Pirongia Forest Park and Ruakuri Caves and Bush Scenic Reserve.

Bay of Plenty

Lake Tarawera with Mount Tarawera in the background. Photo: C Rudge.

The Bay of Plenty is a region with an abundance of sunshine, golden sandy beaches and unspoilt bush. Places to visit include Lake Tarawera, Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park, Karangahake Gorge and Tuhua (Mayor Island) Marine Reserve.

East Coast

Anaura Bay, East Coast. Photo: C Rudge.

The East Coast is home to Te Urewera, including Lake Waikaremoana. Other popular places include Anaaura Bay and Whirinaki Te Pua-a-Tāne Conservation Park.

Central North Island

Aerial view of Mount Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe, Tongariro National Park. Photo: DOC.

There are plenty of places to visit in the Central North Island including Tongariro National Park, Kaimanawa and Tongariro Forest Parks and Lake Taupo. If fishing is your thing Lake Taupo and its tributaries are world famous for the size and vigour of the Rainbow Trout.


Taranaki (Mt Egmont), as seen from the Poukai Range above the Poukai hut. Photo: C Rudge.

Experience the special places of the Taranaki region, including the Dawson Falls and North Egmont areas of Egmont National Park and Ngā Motu/Sugar Loaf Islands.


Bridge to nowhere. Photo: Sue Jones.

Find out more about places to visit in the Manawatu/Whanganui region, including Western Ruahine Forest Park and the Mangapurua/Kaiwhakauka valleys, in Whanganui National Park.

Hawke’s Bay

Australasian gannet. Photo: John Adams.

Explore places in the Hawke's Bay region including the world-famous Cape Kidnappers Gannet Reserve, Te Angiangi Marine Reserve, Boundary Stream Mainland Island and Kaweka Forest Park.


Castlepoint boardwalk.

The Wairarapa is home to the Mount Bruce/Pukaha Wildlife Centre, Aorangi, Rimutaka and Tararua forest parks, Lake Wairarapa wetlands, Castlepoint, Putangirua Pinnacles and several other scenic reserves.


A ferry passes Mātiu/Somes Island with the snowy Tararuas behind. Photo: Jeremy Rolfe.

Experience the places of the Wellington/Kāpiti region, including Kāpiti Island, one of New Zealand’s most significant nature reserves, and Mātiu/Somes Island, a tranquil retreat in the middle of Wellington Harbour.

Chatham Islands

Mangere Island. Photo: John Mason.

Places to visit on the internationally-important Chatham Islands, include the J.M. Barker (Hapupu) National Historic Reserve, one of only two national historic reserves in New Zealand.


Sea kayaking, Abel Tasman National Park.

The Nelson/Tasman region has many breathtakingly beautiful places to explore including Tonga Island Marine Reserve, Rotoiti Nature Recovery Project and Farewell Spit and Puponga Farm Park.


Lake Sedgmere, Molesworth Station.

Discover the places of Marlborough, including Molesworth Station, New Zealand's largest farm – and the steep native forest-covered mountain country of Mount Richmond Forest Park.

West Coast

Fox Glacier. Photo: Bruce Postill.

The West Coast boasts two kiwi sanctuaries, five national parks, two wilderness areas and a World Heritage area. Popular places to visit include Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowhole and Franz Josef Glacier.


Aoraki/Mt Cook. Photo: S O'Dea.

Learn about Lake Sumner Forest Park, the St James Conservation Area and other popular places to visit in the Canterbury region.


Royal albatross, Taiaroa Head. Photo: M F Soper.

Find out about the places you can visit in the Otago region, including the Matukituki Valley, in Mount Aspiring National Park, and Oteake Conservation Park in Central Otago.


Milford Sound. Photo: Les Molloy.

Find out more about iconic Fiordland places to visit, including Milford Road and Lake Manapouri.


Eyre Mountains. Photo: Susan M Timmins.

The Southland region has some of the most magnificent areas of native forest and indigenous grasslands found anywhere in New Zealand. It includes Rakiura National Park and the popular Mavora Lakes Park and Snowdon Forest.

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