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.

East Cape

Aniwaniwa Falls, Urewera National Park. Photo: C Rudge.

From the northern part of Te Urewera, to the rugged Raukumara Range and the stunning coastline of the Eastern Bay of Plenty, the East Cape region is a great place for a variety of recreational activities.

Te Urewera

Aerial view of Lake Waikaremoana, with Panekire to the left, Te Urewera.

Remote, rugged, immense, Te Urewera contains the largest forested wilderness remaining in the North Island. It is famous for its lakes and forested beauty as well as its stormy history.


Cape Runaway sunset. Photo copyright: Kim Westerskov (DOC USE ONLY).

From Cape Runaway in the north down to the Waikare River in the south, the Gisborne region offers a number of wilderness and recreational opportunities for people of all ages and abilities.

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.

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.


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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 East Coast places


Rotorua Office
Phone:      +64 7 349 7400
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Ahuriri / Napier Office
Phone:      +64 6 834 3111
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