Cape Reinga, Te Paki, Northland. Photo: C Rudge.

Cape Reinga and Herekino Forest are both found in the Kaitaia area. The Herekino Forest is home to many rare and threatened species, including the North Island brown kiwi, long-tailed bat and kauri snail.

Kauri Coast

Children standing under a kauri, Trounson Kauri Park. Photo: Tony Lilleby.

Trounson Kauri Park and the Waipoua and Trounson Kauri forests are found in the Kauri Coast area. In Waipoua Forest you can walk to Tane Mahuta - the largest living kauri.

Bay of Islands

Dukes Nose in Ranfurly Bay Scenic Reserve, Whangaroa. Photo: Lisa Forester.

Whether spending the night at the Cape Brett Hut, kayaking out to Motuarohia/Roberton Island or hiking along the Omahuta Kauri Sanctuary Walk, the Bay of Islands area features a number of amazing outdoor opportunities.


Bream Islands and Ocean Beach, Whangarei Heads, Whangarei.

DOC conservation lands in Northland's Whangarei area include Tangihua Forest, Motutara Recreation area and more. Your explorations might include a walk on Piroa Falls Track or visiting Waro Limestone Scenic Reserve.

Auckland region

Aerial view of North Head with Rangitoto Island in the background, Auckland.

Tiritiri Matangi, Rangitoto and Great Barrier Island, in the beautiful Hauraki Gulf, are amongst the many beautiful and significant places to visit in the Auckland region.

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.


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DOC maps: Discover the outdoors - DOC's key places, campsites, tracks and huts, and visitor centres on a map

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Check, Clean, Dry between waterways and stop the spread of didymo.

Walking track categories


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 Northland places

Tips for driving on unsealed roads


Whangarei Office
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Email:   whangarei@doc.govt.nz
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