Read more by Leonie Freeman in collaboration with Department of Conservation

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...


Dramatic scenery on the Routeburn Track. © Stewart Nimmo

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,...

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...

Pōhatu Marine Reserve

Many many of New Zealand’s most charismatic marine animals hang out at Pōhatu Marine Reserve on Banks Peninsula, which hosts...

Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve

Beneath the waves at the Poor Knights, New Zealand’s second marine reserve, the caves, arches, tunnels and sheer cliffs provide...

Tapuae Marine Reserve

The 1404ha Tapuae Marine Reserve on the rugged Taranaki coast close to New Plymouth and adjoining the Ngā Motu/Sugar Loaf...

Taputeranga Marine Reserve

Taputeranga Marine Reserve is only 6km from Wellington’s city centre and offers snorkelling, diving and walking opportunities.

Te Angiangi Marine Reserve

Te Angiangi Marine Reserve protects a piece of the Central Hawke’s Bay coast and is a great spot for diving...

Te Matuku Marine Reserve

Te Matuku Marine Reserve protects one of Waiheke Island’s largest and least disturbed estuaries, along with an area outside Te...


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