View of river in Tongariro National ParkPHOTO: DOC
Alpine habitats are in the mountains above the area where trees grow. Special plants and animals have adapted to living in these harsh areas.
Drylands are habitats defined by the lack of water. They are home to many threatened and rare species.
Estuaries are special places where rivers meet the sea. Each one is unique, ranging from small lagoons to extensive wetland harbour systems.
Forests are rich habitats full of trees, and are important to the natural systems that sustain us.
Our freshwater habitats range from glaciers in the mountains, to lowland rivers and streams that flow into estuaries.
DOC is responsible for New Zealand's marine reserves and marine mammals.
New Zealand's offshore islands are isolated areas of land within New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone.
Wetlands are areas where water is the primary factor controlling the environment and associated plant and animal life.
Kettle holes are a feature of a glaciated landscape. Plants in these habitats have a remarkable lifecycle.
There are three distinctive types of wetland forests - swamp forest, peatland forest, and intertidal forest.
Find out about and visit New Zealand's marine reserves. You are prohibited from fishing or removing or disturbing any marine life in marine reserves.