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Tiritiri Matangi Island Auckland Central
#1 of 866 Nature & Parks in North Island
Tiritiri Matangi is a predator-free island in the Hauraki Gulf run as a nature reserve specifically to preserve and breed endangered species of NZ birds and certain other species eg weta, skinks etc. Visits are by...
We live on the doorstep of a forest park in the Waikato but even with all the bird life we are exposed to Tiritiri Matangi was just superb!
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Pukekura Park New Plymouth
#2 of 866 Nature & Parks in North Island
Always a joy to visit, especially around Christmas time with the wonderful lighting display, all the great entertainment and the wonderful park, great to visit with or without the lighting display.
Amazing light collections throughout the park and plenty of opportunities for great photographs; overall, a great opportunity to explore the area.
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Mount Maunganui Summit Track Mount Maunganui
#3 of 866 Nature & Parks in North Island
Well worth the climb to the top for the amazing views otherwise the base track is a beautiful 40 minute walk through amazing nature and wildlife.
Loved our walk to the summit of Maunganui - which is a Maori nature reserve.
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Bream Head Coast Walks Whangarei
#4 of 866 Nature & Parks in North Island
But bring your water bottle and a hat to this walk, this is nature pure.
Hamilton Gardens Hamilton
#5 of 866 Nature & Parks in North Island
This is one of the best Gardens in New Zealand, its up there with New Plymouths pukekura Park, very scenic and alot of new zealands native plants on display, its such a devine walk, especially for couples, I recom...
I'm a nature lover and prefer the wild forests, but Hamilton Gardens is so stunning with its different types of Gardens from different cultures and countries, as well as kitchen- and backyard gardens.
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Tawharanui Regional Park Warkworth
#6 of 866 Nature & Parks in North Island
Thank goodness we live in an area with gems like Tawharanui Regional Park on our doorstep it's the perfect place to relax as a family and get some exercise if that's what takes your fancy.
The winding road leads to this fabulous beach with good access, plenty of car parks and a magnificent beach to relax on.
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Matapouri Bay Tutukaka
#7 of 866 Nature & Parks in North Island
We parked in the car park above matapouri township and enjoyed a reasonably easy walk to whale Bay.
This is truly a magical park of our amazing country.
Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve Whangarei
#8 of 866 Nature & Parks in North Island
If doing a day trip we often stay in Tutukaka holiday park which has excellent gear cleaning and secure drying areas.
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Te Mata Peak Hastings
#9 of 866 Nature & Parks in North Island
From amazing cliffs and views to cool green bushed valleys and forests.. short walks to long hikes.. the Park has it all.
The most stunning view in Hawkes Bay a must visit and also a beautiful walk in the redwoods at the base of the peak a must see too if you like nature walks:-)
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing Tongariro National Park
#10 of 866 Nature & Parks in North Island
by far one of the most amazing crossing, amazing views, stunning nature, superb fresh air, suitable for all levels fitness
The downhill section from the North Crater to Ketetahi Car Park is full of switchbacks that have wooden steps descending more than 1000 meters, but with uphill sections, too, as the track zigzags across wooded val...
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Tane Mahuta Walk Opononi
#11 of 866 Nature & Parks in North Island
Blew our minds, what a beautiful forest - big native trees, the sound of silent nature... truly a must see/experience...
Thanks to Teresa we headed to the DOC camping in Trounson Kauri Park, where we were also very happy.
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Mount Maunganui Base Track Mount Maunganui
#12 of 866 Nature & Parks in North Island
... it’s very wide / well maintained with great scenery!! It’s got a good combination of mostly flat with a few small hills - making it perfect for runners who enjoy flat running but also like the bush / nature!
Walking clockwise dumps you out on the western beaches as well as access to the little islands offshore and a couple more parks.
White Island Volcano Bay of Plenty Region
#13 of 866 Nature & Parks in North Island
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Levin Adventure Park Levin
#14 of 866 Nature & Parks in North Island
This is one of the best parks around suitable for all ages nice clean toilets and amenities wether you want to just sit around and watch the family or get on and join in plenty of room for picnics or booting a bal...
lots to do here for the family and friends, BBQ, kids train when going, play areas, flying fox, dog park, etc. well appointed
Mt Maunganui Main Beach Mount Maunganui
#15 of 866 Nature & Parks in North Island
Beautiful beach with sparkling water that welcomed both surfers and swimmers, this is an incredible spot with gorgeous views and walks with a nature reserve.
... walk along the Main Street, areas to sit & admire, picnic, also along the way is BBQ's, so bring ur own food & utensils, close cafes & in summer food street vendors park up for cool drinks, ice creams & food.
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Wairere Falls Okauia
#16 of 866 Nature & Parks in North Island
Handy to Matamata township and the Opal springs hot pools Car park at the end of Goodwin road can get crowed so you may have issues turning a large campervan around and may need to back up the road a wee way to do...
Nature lovers delight!
The Timber Trail Pureora Forest Park
#17 of 866 Nature & Parks in North Island
This swing bridge is a short walk from the car park and part of the timber trail.
A fantastic experience - two days of being at one with nature.
Mount Manaia Track Whangarei
#18 of 866 Nature & Parks in North Island
You can stop off at Parua Bay cafes (if heading from Whangarei) and bring lunch as there is a good picnic spot just above the car park.
We arrived late afternoon at our holiday park and wanted to stretch our legs after the car journey.
Marokopa Falls Walk Waitomo Caves
#19 of 866 Nature & Parks in North Island
I would recommend to combine it with the PiriPiri Caves and the Nature bridge and the bush walk and you have a amazing day of free fun.
From the car park lay by, there is a 5 minute walk downhill to a viewing platform and the sight of the Falls is amazing - so much bigger than we expected.
Caveworld Waitomo Caves
#20 of 866 Nature & Parks in North Island
Back to nature, seeing the caves as they would for the first time, with a dash of excitement and adventure to top it off.
Park in Curly's Bar carpark.
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Hauraki Gulf Auckland Central
#21 of 866 Nature & Parks in North Island
The Gulf has several residential islands which you can visit by ferry, several nature reserves also able to be accessed by ferry, several recreation islands able to be accessed by private launch or organised chart...
Waiheke, Kawau or Great Barrier islands are all accessible national parks with residential areas.
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Waitakere Ranges Auckland Central
#22 of 866 Nature & Parks in North Island
... which to see both the Tasman and the Pacific) and on to the excellent open sanctuary at Cascades Kauri park - take the City Walk to see magnificent Kauri, Rimu and Totara and if you are lucky, rare native birds.
The Waitakere Regional Park is beautiful -- mountainous and forested with many native species of plants and trees as well as an abundance of tree ferns.
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Waipoua Forest Waipoua Forest
#23 of 866 Nature & Parks in North Island
Such a special place, it was wonderful to see the Kauri trees and immerse ourselves in nature in this way.
These were the Trounson Kauri Park, Tane Mahuta walk, and the te matua ngahere.
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Gannet Colony Clifton
#24 of 866 Nature & Parks in North Island
This is a wonderful place to visit and see nature at it's best.
The Kiwi's make this fun with their good nature and humorous spirit.
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Muriwai Gannet Colony Muriwai Beach
#25 of 866 Nature & Parks in North Island
the access walk itself is enjoyable and recommended, although for those less agile we noted a cliff top level access path of shorter length coming from a car park just to the south of the colony.
An interesting trip for all nature lovers with breathtaking views of the shoreline.
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Bridal Veil Falls Raglan
#26 of 866 Nature & Parks in North Island
The car park was full when we got to the falls and the bush walk was easy to the top of the falls and although going down was easy, coming up was more testing, but you can take your time and admire the scenery.
Amazing nature without lookouts from different heigts down to the natural pool.
Whangamata Beach Whangamata
#27 of 866 Nature & Parks in North Island
Nice stretch of white sandy beach, make sure you go at low tide and park up near Seaview Road (further down south) and you will get a chance to walk across to the Island in the bay (make sure you do this during lo...
Beach town with an easy pace, vacationing people, enjoying nature
Waiheke Island Auckland Central
#28 of 866 Nature & Parks in North Island
Great bus service and do visit the fascinating Waiheke Museum, open Wed and weekends and the Dead Dog Bay, sculpture and wetland park - magical!
The island has many nature walks and camping grounds (Whakanewha Bay is secluded and beautiful), but for the less adventurous there are many excellent wineries to visit with outstanding restaurants.
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Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari Pukeatua
#29 of 866 Nature & Parks in North Island
... place and work the amazing work being done by volunteers to keep this fantastic piece of New Zealand open to the public Looking for a day with nature for the whole family that is inexpensive then this is for you
This is a real-world Jurassic Park of sorts, where the trees and birds are slowly recovering and you can roam amidst the sounds and smells of a forest that is richly alive.
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Papamoa Beach Papamoa
#30 of 866 Nature & Parks in North Island
Patroled safe beach where if there is some one within 10m of you it is considered crowed many places to park right on the beach
Lots of little parks and bbq's up and down too.
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