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.

Manawatu/Whanganui region

Bridge to nowhere. Photo: Sue Jones.

Find out more about places to visit in the Manawatu/Whanganui region, including Western Ruahine Forest Park and the Mangapurua/Kaiwhakauka valleys, in Whanganui National Park.

Wairarapa region

Castlepoint boardwalk.

The Wairarapa is home to the Mount Bruce/Pukaha Wildlife Centre, Aorangi, Rimutaka and Tararua forest parks, Lake Wairarapa wetlands, Castlepoint, Putangirua Pinnacles and several other scenic reserves.


Kāpiti Island. Photo: Jeremy Rolfe.

Discover the Kāpiti Island Nature Reserve and Kāpiti Marine Reserve and explore Colonial Knob, Hemi Matenga, Papaitonga, Waikanae Estuary or Mana Island. Or hit a trail at Otaki Forks, the main western entrance to Tararua Forest Park.


Matiu/Somes Island. Photo: Jeremy Rolfe.

The Wellington area includes NZ's capital city and the Hutt Valley. Learn about the history of Matiu/Somes Island, stay in an Orongorongo Valley hut, a Catchpool Valley campground, or visit the Government Buildings Historic Reserve.


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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 Wellington/Kapiti places


Pōneke / Wellington Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 4 384 7770
Address:   18 Manners Street
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