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