Learn about Lake Waikaremoana, Te Urewera, Anaaura Bay Scenic Reserve, Whirinaki Te Pua-a-Tāne Conservation Park and other significant places to visit in the East Coast region.
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.
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.
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.
An A-Z listing of East Coast places to visit.
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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.
From forest parks to scenic reserves, alpine areas to protected coasts, there are hundreds of special conservation places.
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.
DOC maps: Discover the outdoors - DOC's key places, campsites, tracks and huts, and visitor centres on a map
Check, Clean, Dry between waterways and stop the spread of didymo.
Walking track categories
Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:1. Plan your trip2. Tell someone3. Be aware of the weather4. Know your limits5. Take sufficient supplies
Alerts for East Coast places