Read more by Leonie Freeman in collaboration with Department of Conservation

Hikurangi Marine Reserve

The Hikurangi Marine Reserve sits near the township of Kaikōura on the South Island’s east coast, at the point where...


Whale watching, Kaikōura. © Boris Johnson Creative Commons

The Kepler Track: blazing a new trail

The Kepler Track near Te Anau showcases vast tussock-covered ridgelines and spectacular alpine vistas, contrasting peaceful lakeside and valley beech...

Akaroa Marine Reserve

Akaroa is a very special place, visited by the world’s smallest dolphin, the Hector’s dolphin.

The Milford Track: the finest walk in the world

The Milford Track has been thrilling hikers for more than 150 years and the scenery is as perfect as ever,...

The Rakiura Track: beauty in isolation

Tucked away on New Zealand’s third island, Stewart Island Rakiura, the Rakiura Track is a great opportunity for an island adventure.

The Routeburn Track: over the hills and far away

The Routeburn Track is the ultimate alpine adventure, taking walkers through ice-carved valleys and below the majestic peaks of the...

Lake Waikaremoana Track: around the rippling waters

The Lake Waikaremoana Track, in the remote Te Urewera region southeast of Rotorua, traces the shoreline of this spectacular lake,...

Cape Rodney-Ōkakari Point Marine Reserve (Goat Island)

The marine reserve at Cape Rodney-Ōkakari Point, north of Auckland, offers some of the best snorkelling and scuba diving close...

Whanganui Journey: paddle your own canoe

The Whanganui Journey is one of DOC's Great Walks, but it is less of a walk and more of a paddle.

Parininihi Marine Reserve

This 1800ha marine reserve encloses a typical slice of the north Taranaki coastline, as well as the possibly unique sponge...


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