Kawarau Suspension Bridge
Image: Avara Moody | DOC


Tohu Whenua are the places that have shaped Aotearoa New Zealand. Located in stunning landscapes and rich with stories, they offer some of our best heritage experiences.

Sites chosen as Tohu Whenua tell the tales of New Zealand’s past and connect visitors to our unique stories and places. They combine culture and heritage with beautiful natural settings.

The sites featured below are Tohu Whenua places managed by DOC. You can also discover Tohu Whenua sites in:

Get more information on the Tohu Whenua website

    Programme partners

    Tohu Whenua is a partnership between Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture & Heritage, Department of Conservation Te Papa Atawhai and Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, with support from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and Te Puni Kokiri.

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