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Ackers Point boasts a combination of historic and natural features. As you follow the walkway you will come across one of New Zealand's oldest buildings and a sooty shearwater colony!
When the tide rolls out in Curio Bay it exposes an ancient fossil forest. This is one of the most extensive and least disturbed examples of a Jurassic fossil forest in the world.
Forest Hill is a great example of native bush surrounded by agricultural land. It is an island of forest rich in flora. An example of a rich forest community that would have once covered the limestone outcrops of the Southland plains.
The Bluff/Motupōhue is a sacred, Topuni site for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. It's one of the oldest European settlements in New Zealand, with Europeans having a continuous habitation from 1824. Māori have been living at Bluff for much longer.
When you walk through the bush alive with birds, you'll begin to understand just what's possible without pests.
The boardwalk winds through low-growing manuka and shrubs, emerging at a viewing shelter that overlooks Waituna Lagoon.
Auckland and parts of the Waikato are at Level 3. DOC huts and campsites are closed in these regions. The rest of New Zealand is at Level 2.