Northland region

Toetoe Northland. Photo: C. Rudge.

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

North Auckland

Cape Rodney-Okakari Point Marine Reserve. Photo: Danica Stent.

North Auckland includes New Zealand's oldest marine reserve - Cape Rodney-Okakari Point.

Hauraki Gulf Islands

Southwest coast of Rakitu Island and Great Barrier Island in the distance. Photo copyright: Kim Westerkov (DOC USE ONLY).

The Hauraki Gulf have a multitude of islands, including Tiritiri Matangi, Rangitoto, Motutapu and Motuihe islands, Great Barrier, Kawau and Waiheke to name a few. Many of the islands are open to the public to visit.

Central and South Auckland

Fort Takapuna.

The Central & South Auckland region has many special places worth visiting, including Fort Takapuna Historic Reserve, Long Bay-Okura Marine Reserve and North Head Historic Reserve.

Coromandel 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.

Waikato region

Mount Pirongia.

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

Kermadec Islands

Raoul Island, Kermadec Islands. Photo copyright Gareth Rapley. DOC USE ONLY.

Lying some 1000 kilometres northeast of New Zealand, the Kermadec Islands is the most remote region managed by DOC.

New Zealand places to visit

Visitors on Franz Josef Glacier, West Coast. Photo: Melissa Perrott.

From forest parks to scenic reserves, alpine areas to protected coasts, there are hundreds of special conservation places.


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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

Alerts for Auckland places


Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 9 379 6476
Address:   137 Quay Street
Princes Wharf
Auckland 1010
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