Otawa Scenic Reserve in the Papamoa Hills contains attractive lowland forest dominated by tawa and rewarewa.
The Tauranga area covers the Kaimai and Mamaku forests, including the Otanewainuku and Otawa Scenic Reserves, and a number of small reserves in the Western Bay of Plenty.
The Rotorua Lakes area covers approximately 35,000 hectares of public land, made up of relatively small reserves bordered mostly by farmland, pine forest or lakes.
Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park has a number of historic mining and kauri logging sites within its boundaries. The park also features several popular tramping tracks.
Mokaihaha Ecological Area is rich in Maori history and has high conservation and scientific values. Walkers on the Mokaihaha Track can listen to the calls of tui, kereru, bellbirds and fantail.
Otanewainuku is a great place to see original forest with giant trees and healthy bird life. A volunteer trust helps to conserve the wildlife here.