This beautiful regional park has everything you need for an awesome family adventure. Discover farm animals to meet, fascinating volcanic history, heaps of bird life and beautiful views over the Manukau Harbour. The best part is this park is right in the heart of Auckland.
Go high up into the mountain pass that Māori first used to travel from east to west in search of pounamu/greenstone. Travel by car, train or bus, then go and see one of the horse drawn coaches that carried passengers through this rugged landscape in the 1800s - the trip was much bumpier back then!
Ancient trees, raucous birds, Hawke’s Bays highest waterfall – Boundary Stream has got it all! Arrive earlier to hear the incredible dawn chorus or stay late to hear dusk chorus. Bring your togs if you want to swim in the pool under the waterfall (you’d be mad not to!).
Where in the city can you see wildlife? The Dunedin Botanic Garden of course! Spot lizards in the rock garden, visit the kākā and kea at the aviary, spy a stick insect among the flowers. Some plants have been here for over 150 years. Can you guess which ones?
Go back to 1939. Built at the beginning of WW2, Godley Head coastal defence battery sits above sheer 120 metre-high cliffs. And big cliffs mean one thing – big views! On a good day you can see all the way to Kaikoura and beyond! Look out for little blue penguins, dolphins or even whales in the bay.
Set your imagination free on this windswept rugged headland in Karitane where history runs rife. In this place a great fortress once stood, the chief Te Wera ruled, Te Puna Wai spring kept the people of the land alive and whalers hauled the great sea creatures ashore.
Discover the wonders of our native flora and fauna at this idyllic bird sanctuary - explore Kapiti’s precious ancient forest remnant and look out for tui, bellbird, fantail, grey warbler and kereru; spot the kiwi and tuatara in their enclosures; get up close to kaka, kea and kākāriki in the walk-through aviaries.
In the heart of Christchurch is a wild forest, home to over 400 mighty kahikatea trees with their impressive buttress roots. There’s also the oldest remaining building in Canterbury, a large grassy spot for picnics and if you’ve got sharp eyes you might spot geckos. Too much!
If you’ve got a head for heights and love speed, this adventure is for you! Bring a boogie board or cardboard box for the ultimate dune riding. Who will be fastest? You’ll see seabirds and jumping insects and if you’re lucky you might see sea lions and penguins. Think you can handle it all?
An adventure thousands of years in the making! Manawatu Gorge was made when the river carved out a route through a mountain range. Now it's a great place to spot kārearea, glow worms at night, and kōura in the stream. You might even find a perfect hiding spot in a hollow totara!