The conservation lands in the Bay of Plenty region contain a rich variety of historic heritage sites.
The Karangahake Gorge region combines gold mining history and natural beauty, much of it accessible through a variety of walks.
Follow an old tramline (1898 - 1928) on a relatively flat track through the spectacular Waitawheta Gorge - with interpretation panels as well, it's a great option for kids.
The Piako County Tramway in the Waiorongomai Valley is New Zealand's oldest bush tramway with the original rail still in place. There are a number of other historic areas to explore in the valley as well.