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Three clear, blue, rain-fed dune lakes, with no rivers or streams flowing in or out, and white sand beaches surrounded by gumland and wetland.
When you visit Ahipara, make sure you take a walk around the reef and along the Ahipara foreshore. Scenic views and panoramic landscapes are just waiting to be explored. Swimming, surfing and fishing are popular activities here.
This area provides easy access to scenic walking tracks and picnic areas. Other recreational opportunities range from enjoying the stunning views, exploring historical sites, swimming and fishing.
Pass through farmland and manuka scrubland to Maitai Bay Headlands, where you can enjoy scenic views of Waikato Bay and Maitai Bay.
The area provides easy access to great walking tracks and picnic areas. Other recreation opportunities range from enjoying the stunning views, bird watching, tramping, and mountain biking, to swimming, diving, fishing and surfing.
The area around Te Rerenga Wairua (Cape Reinga) provides easy access to walking tracks and beautiful swimming areas.
Taumarumaru Scenic Reserve is mostly an open area and tracks are identified by mowing and track markers. A short walk over the reserve is rewarded with great views and access to a small beach.
History buffs can get amongst the numerous cultural and historical sites and there are plenty of other opportunities for families, walkers, dog owners and fishers.
Urupukapuka Island is a great place for fishing, swimming and all types of water sports or you can take a walk and learn more about the historic heritage of the island.
Walking the track will take you through a mixed landscape of pasture and wooded areas to the beautiful white sands of Taronui Bay.
The Loop Walk around the headland provides a little of everything that Mimiwhangata has to offer.
This bush walk at Mimiwhangata offers superb views of Mimiwhangata, the coast and the Poor Knights Islands:
One of the bush walks at Mimiwhangata, the track leads you to the top of the ridge with impressive views of the peninsula and out towards the Poor Knights Islands.
This short track takes you out to the Signal Station Point on the south head of the Hokianga Harbour. It offers spectacular views of the harbour and coastline.
Tutukaka Head has a number of good beaches and is a great place for swimming, boating, fishing, surfing and diving. The site’s main walking track leads to the Tutukaka Lighthouse.
The Motutara Recreation Reserve lies halfway between Russell and Whangarei. At the reserve you’ll find several small beaches and some good fishing and diving spots.
This 5-km Mangawhai Track traverses across beaches, cliff tops, farmlands and bush areas. You may be able to enjoy views of Bream Head all the way down to the Hauraki Gulf.
This 4.5-km track takes you past the lovely beach of Sandy Bay to the Cape Reinga lighthouse.
This scenic track follows the rugged coastline of Cape Reinga and descends to Te Werahi and Twilight beaches. Self-sufficient camping is available.
This very short track takes you to a long, white sandy beach on Northland's Karikari Peninsula.
Mimiwhangata is a great place for beach activities such as swimming, snorkelling, fishing, picnicking or just relaxing.
A stunning area to explore by boat, there are also a number of walks and tramps available. Visit some of the area’s archaeological sites and the memorial for the Rainbow Warrior at Matauri Bay.
This easy track is just 1 km north of Maiki/Flagstaff Hill, near Russell. Tapeka Point is the perfect base for exploring this part of the Bay of Islands by land or water.
This loop track begins at Opito Bay and enters the Akeake Historic Reserve. The track leads to a small beach in the Te Puna Inlet and to a pa site on Tareha Point.
This easy 3.5 km walk follows the north bank of the Kerikeri River and crosses through regenerating forest. After passing the remains of a historic power house, you’ll come to the Wharepuke and Rainbow Falls.
The archaeological walk on Urupukapuka Island is suitable for people of most ages and fitness levels. It's a great place to learn about the area’s Maori history.
The Cape Brett Track traverses rugged terrain for 16 km through native and regenerating bush. Expect dramatic coastal views; steep cliffs and drop-offs to the side of the track are a feature.
Find out about activities on Waiheke Island.
Explore the tunnels, guns and other structures, have a picnic, walk your dog or watch a fim at the North Head Historic Reserve.
On Great Barrier Island you can take a soak in thermal springs, tramp through coastal forests or snorkel in an isolated cove. Boating, kayaking and fishing are other popular activities on the island.
This Coromandel Walkway follows an easy grade along the scenic coast between Fletcher Bay and Stony Bay.
Enjoy horse riding, mountain biking and off-road driving on the peninsula. Hunters with permits can hunt on public conservation land.
This 7000 ha mosaic of floodplains and peat domes around the Whangamarino and Maramarua Rivers makes up the internationally recognised Whangamarino Wetland.
Visit the Whareorino Conservation Area – the largest, and one of the most valuable, forested areas in the western King Country.
Two short walking tracks along the Mangaotaki Rd, west of Piopio.
Several short walks along the scenic drive through Waitomo's limestone landscape to the historic west coast fishing settlement of Marokopa.
The limestone features and native vegetation in the Tawarau Forest can best be seen by walking on one of the forest's tracks. The Loop Route, Gorge Track and Double Falls Route are all scenic tramps.
Leitch's Hut is accessible by three tracks in Whareorino Forest allowing visitors to plan for an overnight tramp.
Walking, tramping, camping, fishing, swimming, caving, mountain biking and hunting are the types of recreational opportunities available in Pirongia Forest Park.
Experience the magic of Te Waihou, where the clear blue waters that supply 60% of New Zealand's bottled water, bubble out of the ground at a rate of 42 cubic metres (9240 gallons) per minute.
This track leads from the end of Ngamuwahine Road and takes you to a junction with the Leyland O'Brien Tramline Track.
Rock climbing, mountain biking and fly fishing are all fun activities in addition to tramping or walking the Kaimai Heritage Trail.
This reserve has significant Maori cultural and spiritual value. It features the waterfalls of the Kaituna River and is the site of New Zealand's first hydro-electic power station.
There are a number short walks you can enjoy in the Orokawa Scenic Reserve.
The Okere River is a site of significant Maori cultural and spiritual values. Okere River meaning "the place of drifting", is an 11 km stretch of the Kaituna River.
Enjoy native bush and quiet beaches. The track provides good opportunities to look out over the Blue Lake (Tikitapu) and Green Lake (Rotokakahi).
Enjoy the historic character of the northern Kaimai or go tramping or hunting in the central or southern zones. The unusual combination of semi-coastal and alpine plant species makes this forest unique and highly significant.
Tūhua is privately owned and landing is only allowed by permission of the Tūhua Trust Board. Opportunities to enjoy the island's unique character and wildlife must be pre-arranged.
Walking, cycling, fishing, canoeing, abseiling and swimming are the types of recreational opportunities available in Karangahake Gorge.
These two scenic tracks offer excellent opportunity for trout fishing and hunting. The Nikau track follows alongside the Waioeka River and the Kotepato follows alongside the Te Pato Stream.
New Zealand's longest scenic reserve, affording ready access to a wide range of recreational opportunities.
Fishing, boating and hunting are activities you can enjoy in the area around the Lake Waikaremoana track.
You can walk Lake Waikaremoana Track, one of New Zealand's Great Walks or shorter walks including one up to the idyllic Lake Waikareiti. You can also boat, fish and hunt in the area.
Pushing its way into the southern end of Lake Taupo, the Tongariro River is continually depositing alluvial material to create a wonderland of wet and swampy areas.
Plan your Taupo fishing trip here. Find out how to get a licence, the best spots to fish, tips and advice, and more.
Taupo township lies at the northern end of Lake Taupo, New Zealands largest lake at 622 square km. Taupo, and Turangi at the southern end of the lake are the centres for many of the walks and activities around the central North Island.
Kaimanawa Forest Park (77,348 hectares) lies south-east of Taupo and extends from Tongariro National Park in the west to the Kaweka Range in the east.
Enjoy the walking tracks within 15-20 minutes driving time of Turangi.
Bring your mountain bike or 4WD to Tongariro Forest, or come to simply observe the multitude of threatened species residing in the 'forest of the future'.
Popular recreational activities in Kaimanawa Forest Park include hunting, tramping, fishing, rafting and picnicking. Mountain biking is permitted only on formed roads and on the Tree Trunk Gorge Track.
Walk along the banks of the Stony River through a small grove of kohekohe, matai and rata forest to the Okato Domain.
The Sugar Loaf Islands Marine Protected Area comprises 749 hectares of seabed, foreshore and water around the Ngā Motu/Sugar Loaf Islands. It offers some great recreational opportunities.
The diversity and number of wading and shore birds that visit the Manawatu Estuary make it one of the best bird watching spots in the country.
You can enjoy walking, hunting, snow skiing, fishing, rafting and canoeing in the Western Ruahine Forest Park.
Tramping and river trips are popular activities in the Whanganui National Park. You can travel the Whanganui Journey, one of New Zealand's Great Walks that is mainly a river journey.
The narrow Makahu Road provides access to Mangatutu Hot Springs, along with Te Puia Lodge.
The narrow Makahu Road provides access to the Makino and Middle Hill huts.
There are opportunities for walking, four-wheel driving, fishing and mountain biking in Eastern Ruahine Forest park.
You can walk tracks, raft, hunt, fish and visit Mangatutu Hot Springs in the Kaweka Forest Park.
Built in 1878, this rail route between the Hutt Valley and Featherston is now a gently graded 18 km walk, run or mountain bike ride, with opportunities for camping, swimming and fishing.
Abseiling and river activities like swimming, rafting and kayaking make use of the gorge environment. It's also a popular starting point for tramping, hunting and fishing trips into the Tararuas.
Walkers, hunters and fishers can take a range of tracks through Tararua Forest Park from Holdsworth. Swimming at Atiwhakatu Stream is also popular.
With its reef, lagoon, lighthouse and Castle Rock, Castlepoint is a spectacular stretch of Wairarapa coastline. An hour from Masterton, the reserve attracts many birds and marine mammals.
Recreational hunting, tramping, walking, cycling, 4 wheel driving, horse riding and camping are activities you can enjoy in and around the Aorangi Forest Park.
Walking, mountain biking, fishing, snorkelling, diving and picnicking are activities you can enjoy at Whitireia Park.
There are a number of short tracks that descend from Otaki Gorge Road into the gorge, giving access for picnicking, swimming, fishing and watersports.
Bird watching, whitebaiting, walking and picnicking are among the activities you can enjoy at Waikanae Estuary and Paraparaumu Beach.
At Turakirae Head you'll find the largest New Zealand fur seal colony in the Wellington region as well as the internationally-famous geological record revealed by five earthquake-raised beaches.
Find out about walks in the Cobb Valley, as well as hunting, fishing, boating and mountain biking.
Learn what you can see and do on the Rainbow Road.
Murchison is the gateway to the southern entrance to Kahurangi National Park. Find out about the short day walks accessible from Murchison.
This track, in the heart of Kahurangi National Park, gives a true backcountry experience for trampers, hunters and fishers. Mountain biking is allowed from Flora carpark to Barron Flat.
Looking for a short walk near Nelson or Motueka? Here are some walking tracks you might like to try.
It’s a 4-6 day moderately difficult tramp along the Wangapeka Track in Kahurangi National Park.
Find out about the activities you can do in Nelson Lakes National Park. You can walk the Travers-Sabine Circuit and to beautiful lakes. You can take your boat out and fish for trout.
A network of tracks, fishing, kayaking and caving are some of the park's attractions. Mountainbiking is now allowed on three of these tracks.
Ka Whata Tu o Rakihouia Clarence offers excellent recreation opportunities for trampers making the walk over the range to Warden Hut. Horse riders, mountain bikers and four-wheel-drive enthusiasts will find their Clarence experience hard to beat.
Learn about the tracks and walks and other recreation opportunities in the Marlborough Sounds.
The Pelorus Track in Mt Richmond Forest Park offers walkers 3-4 days of hard tramping through forest and along the river.
The Northbank of the Wairau River provides access to Mt Richmond Forest Park in the South Marlborough area.
This unmarked route follows the beach from the eastern end of the camping area to Cape Campbell, the southernmost extreme of Cook Strait.
Apart from walking the network of tracks off the Hanmer-Rainbow Road you can also go mountain biking, rafting, hunting and fishing or take a guided tour.
Over 430 km of walking tracks cover the park. Kayaking, fishing and mountain biking are other suggested activities.
The main route through the Haast, State Highway 6, is part of the heritage highway system. Access to many walks and scenic attractions is directly off this highway.
The walk up to Kirwans Hut is one of New Zealand's classic overnight tramps. A three day loop can also be made by going down the Waitahu Valley. There are incredible historic relics to be seen in this area.
This is a great walk for families with young children or those people new to tramping. The track is a well formed bench track that can also be completed as a day walk.
If you want a physical challenge and have the necessary skills and experience have a backcountry adventure in the Greymouth area!
The area surrounding Greymouth offers walks that provide great views of the sea, examples of native forests, waterfalls and coal and gold mining history.
Lake Brunner is a great area to get out and explore with recreational acitivites such as boating, walking, and fishing.
Lake Brunner Kotuku Whakaoho is a popular recreation area offering a range of recreational activities from short walks to fishing and boating.
There are a number of walking tracks in the Victoria Forest Park area that will get you into some interesting places such as Waiuta, Inangahua suspension bridge and Murray Creek.
Harihari Coastal Walkway is one of the most scenic walkways on the West Coast, with spectacular views of forest, rivers, mountains and coastline.
There are a range of tracks in this area that give people access to some spectacular landscapes including Lake Christabel, a good habitat for native fish.
Lake Mahināpua is a scenic reserve that offers opportunities for camping, picnicking, walking and water based activities.
Lake Kaniere is one of the most beautiful lakes in New Zealand. There are several picnic places and one camping area, numerous short walks including two walkways and the lake offers opportunity for a number of water sports.
Ō Tū Wharekai, nestled amongst high-country tussocklands and set against the towering Southern Alps/Kā Tiritiri o Te Moana, is one of the best examples of an inter-montane wetland system in New Zealand.
The park caters for a wide range of recreation activities including; tramping, fishing, skiing, mountaineering, hunting and mountain biking.
You can explore the varying terrain of North Opuha Conservation Area on foot, horseback or mountain bike.
Outdoor pursuits in the park include mountain biking, horse riding, fishing, hunting, mountaineering, four wheel driving and walking and tramping.
Tramping, climbing and hunting have long been associated with the area, while skifields and the skating rink assure year-round activity. The lake provides opportunity for water sports and fishing.
Outdoor pursuits in the park include mountain biking, horse riding, fishing, hunting, climbing and walking and tramping.
The Rangitata River is renowned for salmon fishing, white water rafting and canoeing. Walks range from strolls to harder tramps.
The new park offers a vast range of recreational opportunities including boating, swimming, tramping, climbing, skiing, hunting, mountain biking, picnicking, camping, horse riding, and fishing.
Lake Sumner is a fantastic place for hunting, tramping and fishing.
This historic trail follows an old bridle path that transported coal to the gold mining dredges 1890s-1930s.
Thanks to significant community effort, this 2000 ha wetland complex has become an important wildlife haven with 80 species recorded - 21 of these dependent on the habitat for their
Hāwea Conservation Park offers both impressive landscapes and a wide range of recreational activities such as walking, hunting, fishing, skiing, climbing and mountain biking.
Stroll, walk, run or cycle around a lake surrounded by spectacular mountains.
This popular short, undulating walk through grassland is surrounded by mountains and goes right round the lake.
Walk or cycle along the banks of the Clutha River near Lake Wanaka.
Outdoor pursuits in the park include walking/tramping, mountain biking, four wheel driving, angling, backcountry skiing, horse riding and hunting.
A two- to three-day tramping track through an upland valley in Hawea Conservation Park. It also provides access to Ahuriri Conservation Park.
An attractive, forest-lined river walk of three sections that has several natural features and access to good fishing.
Along the Bob’s Cove Track and Nature Walk you'll find historic sites, swimming beaches and fishing opportunities.
The Caples and Greenstone Valleys are rainbow and brown trout fisheries of national importance and the Wakatipu Recreational Hunting Area covers both the Greenstone and Caples catchments.
There are limited opportunities for trout fishing in the mid Rees, and in some tributaries and parts of the Dart River.
There are a range of short walks and tramping tracks in the Makarora region. Some of the tramping tracks are for experienced trampers only.
There are numerous outdoor recreation opportunities in the Matukituki Valley, although many of the tramping excursions in this area require a high level of physical fitness and alpine experience.
You can walk the Routeburn, Gillespie Pass circuit, Rees-Dart circuit or Greenstone and Caples tracks in Mount Aspiring National Park.
There are many activities you can enjoy on the Milford Track as well as day walking or tramping. These include fishing, guided walks, hunting (access only), kayaking and more.
There are many activities you can enjoy on the Kepler Track as well as day walking or tramping. These include boating, fishing, guided walks, hunting (access only), kayaking, special events and more.
There are many activities you can enjoy on the Routeburn Track as well as day walking or tramping. These include fishing, guided walks, hunting (access only), kayaking, special events and more.
This difficult tramping track leads to a hut, then a route heads for the bushline at Lake Monowai, Fiordland.
This tramping track leads to a hut at attractive Green Lake in Monowai, Fiordland.
This multi-day tramping track leads from Borland Saddle to a hut at the northern end of Lake Monowai in Fiordland National Park.
There are many activities to enjoy in the Lake Monowai/Borland Road area, including walking and tramping, boating, climbing, family friendly activities, fishing, hunting, kayaking, mountain biking and more.
Lake Manapouri offers many activities for families and friends including boating, kayaking, fishing or swimming in the lake, and walking, tramping or hunting in the mountains.
Lake Te Anau is a great place for lots of activities including walking, tramping, boating, fishing, hunting, kayaking, mountain biking, swimming and more.
This very challenging, multi-day tramping route goes from Lake Te Anau across to George Sound, Fiordland.
There are many activities you can enjoy in the Waitutu/South Coast area, including walking, tramping, boating, fishing, historic sites, guided activities, hunting, kayaking and more.
This easy tramping track on the South Coast Track in Fiordland is an excellent, family friendly overnight trip, with beautiful coastal views and a taste of history.
This multi-day track of varying difficulty leads along rugged southern Fiordland coast to Port Craig (easy overnight) and beyond to the more remote Big River (4 days one way).
This challenging tramping route travels through remote southern Fiordland forested valleys between Lake Hauroko and Lake Poteriteri.
This rather difficult, multi-day tramping track in the Lake Hauroko area goes around the lake via bays and bush-clad ridges towards Teal Bay Hut.
Enjoy many activities along the Milford Road and in beautiful Milford Sound/Piopiotahi, including walking and tramping, boating, climbing, fishing, guided activities, historic appreciation, hunting, kayaking and more.
This challenging tramping route from Hollyford Road to the West Coast offers an adventure for experienced and well equipped trampers. Combine with the Hollyford Track for a 10 day round trip.
There are many activities to enjoy in the beautiful Hollyford Valley, including walking and tramping, boating, climbing, fishing, guided activities, hunting, kayaking and more.
The many activities to enjoy in western Fiordland include walking and tramping, boating, diving, fishing, guided activities, historic sites, hunting, kayaking, scenic flights and more.
A tramping track leading through beech forest to Back Valley Hut near Manapouri, with a side trip option to peaceful Lake Rakatu.
A tramping track leading through beech forest to a very pleasant bay on Lake Manapouri, with a hut and great swimming spot.
This short, easy walk alongside Lake Manapouri is great for families, with picnic and swimming opportunities and lovely lake views.
This easy walking track follows the Kepler Track (Great Walk), near Te Anau, through beech forest to the lakeside at Moturau Hut and Shallow Bay.
A pleasant walking track alongside the river through beech forest, along part of the Kepler Track (Great Walk) near Te Anau.
This easy walking track follows the first part of the Kepler Track (a Great Walk) around the Te Anau lake shore, to two lovely swimming and picnicking beaches.
This is an easy walk to a pretty urban park in a peaceful setting, with a fishing lake for children and a mountain biking track.
This easy track leads alongside the Te Anau lakefront to where the Upukerora River flows into the lake, and is great for families and a range of activities.
An easy access short walk loop track through red beech forest and alongside Lake Gunn from the Milford Road.
Fiordland National Park is a fantastic spot to enjoy many activities with your family and friends, including walking, tramping (multi day), boating, camping, climbing, fishing, hunting, kayaking, and more.
Stewart Island/Rakiura's main settlement of Oban offers visitor services and recreation opportunities. You can go on walks and excursions from Halfmoon Bay, including visits to beautiful Ulva Island/Te Wharawhara Open Sanctuary and Rakiura Track Great Walk.
A spectacular conservation park in the Eyre Mountains/Taka Ra Haka for the more adventurous tramper, hunter or trout fisher.
Looking for day walks from the Mavora Lakes camping ground in the Te Anau area? Try the South Mavora Lake Walking Track or the track to the Kiwiburn Hut.
This is a 50 km, four day tramping trip, linking the Mavora Lakes Camping Area with the Greenstone Track. It passes through open valley tussock land and beech forested hill country.
Tramping tracks in the Takitimu Mountains take you thorugh attractive open beech forest, tussock and screes.
Challenging routes traverse the forest area of Takitimu Mountains taking you to Aparima Forks Hut or Spence Hut.
You can walk tracks in the area; hunt deer, possums, pigs and goats; and fish trout. Make sure you have hunting and fishing permits.
You can walk tracks in the area and hunt deer, pigs and possums for which a hunting permit is required. Rivers offer good fishing for brown and rainbow trout - make sure you have a fishing permit and adhere to fishing regulations.
You can walk the four day Mavora-Greenstone Walkway or undertake shorter walks. Other activities you can carry out in the park are boating, fishing, hunting, mountain biking and four-wheel driving.
There are many points of natural and historic interest along the route and varied opportunities for recreation - camping, tramping, mountain biking, trout fishing, hunting, boating, and even caving.
The area is isolated and for the most part physically demanding. However for those keen on botany, high country history, hunting, tramping and exploration, there is great scope and variety.
Situated beside the Waiau River, Queens Reach is a perfect place for picnicking with the family.
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