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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, with its choice of walks, swimming spots and historic relics, or Te Whanganui-A-Hei (Cathedral Cove) Marine Reserve with its beautiful scenery and outstanding snorkelling, swimming and diving opportunities.

Auckland region

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.

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.

Bay of Plenty region

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.

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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DOC maps: Discover the outdoors - DOC's key places, campsites, tracks and huts, and visitor centres on a map

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Check, Clean, Dry between waterways and stop the spread of didymo.

Walking track categories


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 Coromandel places


Kauaeranga Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 7 867 9080
Address:   Kauaeranga Valley Road
Thames 3577
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Hauraki Office
Phone:      +64 7 867 9180
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