There are plenty of places to visit in the Central North Island including Tongariro National Park, Kaimanawa and Tongariro Forest Parks and Lake Taupo.
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.
Much of Tongariro National Park, along with the Tongariro and Erua forests and the Rangataua Conservation area are managed in the Ruapehu area.
An A-Z listing of Central North Island places to visit.
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.
Discover the places of the Waikato region, including Pureora Forest Park, Pirongia Forest Park and Ruakuri Caves and Bush Scenic Reserve.
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.
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.
From forest parks to scenic reserves, alpine areas to protected coasts, there are hundreds of special conservation places.
The East Coast is home to Te Urewera National Park, including Lake Waikaremoana. Other popular places include Anaaura Bay and Whirinaki Forest Park.
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