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Egmont National Park: the shining mountain

Seen from above, the Egmont National Park on the western coast of the North Island forms almost a perfect circle, surrounding the beautiful Mount Taranaki. Read the story . . . 

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Mount Aspiring National Park: aspiring to greatness

Mount Aspiring is one of New Zealand’s highest peaks and the park named for it is a paradise of mountains, glaciers, river valleys and alpine lakes.  Read the story . . . 

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Kahurangi National Park: a treasured possession

Kahurangi, New Zealand’s second largest national park, includes the famous Heaphy Track, the Ōpārara Basin complex of limestone arches and 1795m-high Mount Arthur.  Read the story . . . 

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Lake Gunn Nature Walk

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

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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, also known as the eighth wonder of the world. Read the story . . . 

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Arthur’s Pass National Park: over the backbone

The high mountains of Arthur’s Pass National Park are the ‘backbone’ of the South Island and the pass itself is the key link between east and west. Read the story . . . 

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Whanganui A Hei (Cathedral Cove) Marine Reserve

Whanganui A Hei (Cathedral Cove) Marine Reserve on the Coromandel Peninsula is close to some of the most beautiful and popular coastline in this area. Read the story . . . 

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Westhaven (Whanganui Inlet) marine and wildlife reserve

Westhaven is the first estuary in New Zealand to be protected by a combination of marine and wildlife reserve. The landscape is a rare combination of lush coastal forest and tidal channels. Read the story . . . 

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Ulva Island-Te Wharawhara Marine Reserve

Ulva Island, in Stewart Island Rakiura’s Paterson Inlet, has crystal clear waters teeming with fish, penguins and a variety of marine flora. Read the story . . . 

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Tūhua Marine Reserve

Tūhua (Mayor Island) is a collapsed volcano on the edge of the continental shelf in the Bay of Plenty. It's a wonderful dive spot, with a mixture of shallow reefs and deep-waters. Read the story . . . 

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Tonga Island Marine Reserve

Tonga Island Marine Reserve lies within the Abel Tasman National park and covers an area of 1835ha around Tonga Island. Read the story . . . 

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Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve

Te Tapuwae o Rongokako north of Gisborne on the North Island’s east coast is home to eight different marine habitats including inshore reef, rocky intertidal platforms and sediment flats.  Read the story . . . 

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Te Matuku Marine Reserve

Te Matuku Marine Reserve protects one of Waiheke Island’s largest and least disturbed estuaries. Read the story . . . 

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