Hokianga: a road trip around a heavenly harbour

The Hokianga (which means ‘the circumstance of returning’) is named in commemoration of the legendary Polynesian navigator, Kupe, who ended...


For kids aged five to 105, scaling the sand dunes is a must-do in the Hokianga. © Gina Guarnieri

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Hokianga: harbouring history

From the look and feel of the Hokianga today, it’s hard to believe it used to be one of the...

Fiordland Marine Reserves

Fiordland’s ten marine reserves border the Fiordland National Park and are a fantastic example of protected natural environments.

Horoirangi Marine Reserve

The beautiful Horoirangi Marine Reserve lies north of Nelson city, along the eastern side of Tasman Bay.

Kahurangi Marine Reserve

Kahurangi Marine Reserve protects the environment along 16 kilometres of coastline and out to five kilometres offshore between Wekakura Point...

Kāpiti Marine Reserve

Kāpiti Marine Reserve is popular for its abundant sea life including blue moki, kingfish, seals and dolphins.

Long Bay-Ōkura Marine Reserve

On the northeastern edge of Auckland city lies the Long Bay-Ōkura Marine Reserve.

Long Island/Kokomahua Marine Reserve

Tucked away in the Marlborough Sounds, Long and Kokomahua islands are nestled inside the entrance to Queen Charlotte Sound.

Motu Manawa-Pollen Island Marine Reserve

The Motu Manawa–Pollen Island Marine Reserve protects 500 hectares of the inner reaches of Auckland's Waitematā Harbour, adjacent to the...

Tiritiri Matangi Island short walks

Enjoy a magical cacophony of sounds from a variety of native birds on the walks on this pest-free island, as...


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