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.

Taranaki region

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.

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.

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.


Rangawahia hut, Western Ruahine Forest Park.

Learn about the places you can visit in the Manawatu/Whanganui area.


Tramper, Atene Skyline Track, Whanganui National Park. Photo: Carol Greensmith.

Discover some of the DOC-managed places to visit in the Whanganui area.

Hawke’s Bay region

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.

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.

Wellington/Kapiti region

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.


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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 Taranaki places


Te Papaioea / Palmerston North Office
Phone:      +64 6 350 9700
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