Read more by Leonie Freeman in collaboration with Department of Conservation

Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve

This marine reserve north of Gisborne on the North Island’s east coast is special, as it hosts eight different marine...


Crayfish kōura at Te Tapuwae o Rongokako. © Jamie Quirk DOC

Tonga Island Marine Reserve

The Abel Tasman National Park is renowned for its golden sand beaches, intimate coves and excellent summer weather.

Tūhua Marine Reserve

The marine reserve surrounding Tūhua, or Mayor Island, is a wonderful dive spot, with a mixture of shallow reef and...

Ulva Island-Te Wharawhara Marine Reserve

Ulva Island, in Stewart Island Rakiura’s Paterson Inlet, is one of the country’s southernmost marine reserves.

Westhaven (Whanganui Inlet) marine and wildlife reserve

Westhaven, in the Nelson/Tasman region, is the first estuary in New Zealand to be protected by a combination of marine...

Whanganui A Hei (Cathedral Cove) Marine Reserve

This marine reserve on the Coromandel Peninsula is adjacent to some of the most beautiful – and popular – coastline...

Arthur’s Pass National Park: over the backbone

Arthur’s Pass National Park lies in the heart of the Southern Alps Ka Tiritiri o te Moana.

Fiordland National Park: the eighth wonder

Fiordland National Park is home to what many consider New Zealand’s most stunning natural attraction – the breathtaking Milford Sound.

Lake Gunn Nature Walk

Enjoy walking an easy loop track through red beech forest and alongside Lake Gunn, beginning from Milford Road.

Kahurangi National Park: a treasured possession

Kahurangi is New Zealand’s second largest national park – but it needs to be big to squeeze in the famous...


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