Hawke’s Bay region

Australasian gannet. Photo: John Adams.

Explore places in the Hawke's Bay region including the world-famous Cape Kidnappers Gannet Reserve, Te Angiangi Marine Reserve, Boundary Stream Mainland Island and Kaweka Forest Park.

Waikato region

Mount Pirongia.

Discover the places of the Waikato region, including Pureora Forest Park, Pirongia Forest Park and Ruakuri Caves and Bush Scenic Reserve.

Bay of Plenty region

Lake Tarawera with Mount Tarawera in the background. Photo: C Rudge.

The Bay of Plenty is a region with an abundance of sunshine, golden sandy beaches and unspoilt bush. Places to visit include Lake Tarawera, Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park, Karangahake Gorge and Tuhua (Mayor Island) Marine Reserve.

Manawatu/Whanganui region

Bridge to nowhere. Photo: Sue Jones.

Find out more about places to visit in the Manawatu/Whanganui region, including Western Ruahine Forest Park and the Mangapurua/Kaiwhakauka valleys, in Whanganui National Park.


Mt Ruapehu. Photo: DOC.

Much of Tongariro National Park, along with the Tongariro and Erua forests and the Rangataua Conservation area are managed in the Ruapehu area.


River swim in the Kaimananawa Ranges.

The north-east section of Tongariro National Park, Kaimanawa Forest Park, and Pukepoto and Rangitaiki conservation areas are all located in the Turangi/Taupo area. Here you’ll also find numerous lakeshore and river access reserves.

New Zealand places to visit

Visitors on Franz Josef Glacier, West Coast. Photo: Melissa Perrott.

From forest parks to scenic reserves, alpine areas to protected coasts, there are hundreds of special conservation places.

East coast region

Anaura Bay, East Coast. Photo: C Rudge.

The East Coast is home to Te Urewera, including Lake Waikaremoana. Other popular places include Anaaura Bay and Whirinaki Te Pua-a-Tāne Conservation Park.


Find out more


Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

Alerts for Central North Island places


Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 7 892 3729
Address:   Whakapapa Village
State Highway 48
Mount Ruapehu
Email:   tongarirovc@doc.govt.nz
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