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.


Punakaiki rocks. Photo: John Mazey.

Steeped in goldmining history, the Buller area is home to Punakaiki Rocks, the temperate forests of Oparara Basin, along with Cape Foulwind and Tauranga Bay.

Nelson/Tasman region

Sea kayaking, Abel Tasman National Park.

The Nelson/Tasman region has many breathtakingly beautiful places to explore including Tonga Island Marine Reserve, Rotoiti Nature Recovery Project and Farewell Spit and Puponga Farm Park.

Marlborough region

Lake Sedgmere, Molesworth Station.

Discover the places of Marlborough, including Molesworth Station, New Zealand's largest farm – and the steep native forest-covered mountain country of Mount Richmond Forest Park.

Canterbury region

Aoraki/Mt Cook. Photo: S O'Dea.

Learn about Lake Sumner Forest Park, the St James Conservation Area and other popular places to visit in the Canterbury region.


Buller mine. Photo: Kevin L Jones.

You can learn about the Greymouth area's mining history or take a walk along the Croesus Track. The region offers varied camping, picnicking, swimming, boating and walking opportunities.


Lake Kaniere. Photo: John Mazey.

Venture into the Arahura and Styx valleys or enjoy water activities on Lake Kaniere. The Hokitika area offers an array of wilderness and outdoor opportunities.


Climber in crevasse - Franz Josef Glacier. Photo: Melissa Perrot.

Famous for Westland Tai Poutini National Park and Franz Josef Glacier, the Glaciers region is home to a number of rare and endangered species, including the Okarito brown kiwi.

South Westland

Interpretation kiosk, Westland National Park.

In the South Westland area history comes alive as you wander the Haast to Paringa Track or visit Stafford Bay.

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.


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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 West Coast places


Hokitika Office
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