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.

West Coast region

Fox Glacier. Photo: Bruce Postill.

The West Coast boasts two kiwi sanctuaries, five national parks, two wilderness areas and a World Heritage area. Popular places to visit include Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowhole and Franz Josef Glacier.

Otago region

Royal albatross, Taiaroa Head. Photo: M F Soper.

Find out about the places you can visit in the Otago region, including the Matukituki Valley, in Mount Aspiring National Park, and Oteake Conservation Park in Central Otago.

Southland region

Eyre Mountains. Photo: Susan M Timmins.

The Southland region has some of the most magnificent areas of native forest and indigenous grasslands found anywhere in New Zealand. It includes Rakiura National Park and the popular Mavora Lakes Park and Snowdon Forest.

Northern Fiordland

Heading out to sea, Milford Sound. Photo copyright Daniel Pietzsch.

Experience the beauty of Fiordland’s ice-carved valleys, lakes and waterfalls on the stunning journey along Milford Road to Milford Sound, in the Hollyford Valley or on tracks like the Milford Track or Routeburn Track.

Western Fiordland

Cruising in Charles Sound, Fiordland. Photo copyright Susan Adams. DOC use only.

Explore the more remote areas of Fiordland from Preservation Inlet to Doubtful Sound and adventurous areas in between, including Dusky Sound with the Dusky Track and Captain Cook’s historic Astronomer’s Point.

Southern Fiordland

Towards south coast from Hump Ridge Track. Photo: Dawn Patterson.

Explore rugged spots in southern Fiordland including around Lake Monowai/ Borland Road, Lake Hauroko and Waitutu which features the Hump Ridge Track and South Coast Track.

Eastern Fiordland

Lakeshore, Te Anau. Photo copyright Douglas Thorne.

Soak up the beauty of Fiordland in and around Te Anau and Lake Manapouri. Enjoy walking tracks like the spectacular Kepler Track, fun water activities with the family on the lakes and more.


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

Didymo controls in Fiordland National Park


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 Fiordland places


Te Rua-o-te-moko / Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 249 7924
Address:   Fiordland National Park
Visitor Centre
Lakefront Drive
Te Anau 9600
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