Canterbury region

Aoraki/Mt Cook. Photo: S O'Dea.

Learn about Lake Sumner Forest Park, the St James Conservation Area and other popular places to visit in the Canterbury region.

West Coast region

Fox Glacier. Photo: Bruce Postill.

The West Coast boasts two kiwi sanctuaries, five national parks, two wilderness areas and a World Heritage area. Popular places to visit include Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowhole and Franz Josef Glacier.

Fiordland region

Milford Sound. Photo: Les Molloy.

Find out more about iconic Fiordland places to visit, including Milford Road and Lake Manapouri.

Southland region

Eyre Mountains. Photo: Susan M Timmins.

The Southland region has some of the most magnificent areas of native forest and indigenous grasslands found anywhere in New Zealand. It includes Rakiura National Park and the popular Mavora Lakes Park and Snowdon Forest.

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.


Lake Wakitipu. Photo: Theresa Cavanagh.

In the Queenstown/Wakatipu area you can venture out on a multi-day tramp in the Glenorchy area, visit Wakatipu Basin, or camp at Skippers Mount Aurum campsite.


Mt. Aspiring from Cascade Saddle Track. Photo: J. Kenney.

Places in the Wanaka/Makarora area include the Makarora region of Mount Aspiring National Park, with its spectacular mountain scenery, and the scenic Haast Pass.

Central Otago

Central Otago horseman. Photo copyright: Nicola Vallance/Naturevision.

Walk or ride your bicycle on the Otago Central Rail Trail, visit the Flat Top Hill and Kopuwai Conservation Areas, visit historic St Bathans and Bendigo or walk Bendigo's 10-km Kānuka Track.

Coastal Otago

Jack's Bay, Catlins.

In Coastal Otago you can discover the natural wonders of Te Papanui Conservation Park and learn about hunting opportunities in the area.


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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

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