Te Urewera, the mountainous homeland of Ngai Tuhoe, the Children of the Mist, spent 60 years as a national park — a brief period really, explains Toi Iti, considering the place still holds evidence of its seabed origins millions of years earlier. Read the story . . .
As well as New Zealand's mainland marine reserves, there are also four reserves in the Subantarctic Islands, one in the Kermadecs to the north of New Zealand and one at Volkner Rocks in the Bay of Plenty. These reserves can only be accessed via boat and some require special permits. Read the story . . .