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Central North Island region

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.

Manawatu/Whanganui region

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.

East Coast region

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.

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.

Hawke’s Bay

Australasian gannet. Photo: John Adams.

Visit the world-famous Cape Kidnappers Gannet Reserve, explore the waters of the Te Angiangi Marine Reserve or take a walk on the Bell Rock Loop Track in Boundary Stream Mainland Island in the Hawke's Bay.

Wairarapa region

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.


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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 Hawke's Bay places


Hawke's Bay Regional Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 6 834 3111
Address:   Conservation House
59 Marine Parade
Napier 4110
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