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Lake Mahinapua is a tranquil lake, it is surrounded by native bush and has a roomy DoC campground. The lake was once a coastal lagoon, but with the build up of coastal dune systems, became a shallow inland lake.
This fantastic wildlife centre is a chance to see endangered wildlife such as tuatara, eels, kaka, kokako and kiwi up close while learning what you can do to help keep these species thriving.
Find out why overseas visitors have described our wildlife experience as the highlight of their visit to New Zealand. Absolutely unrivalled, up close viewing of Royal albatross, Yellow-eyed and Blue Penguins, NZ Sea-lions and NZ fur seals.
There’s always something happening on the water at Henley Lake, from model yacht sailing and dragon boat racing, to jet skiing, fishing and wind surfing.
Don’t let the name put you off – it’s not bug infested, this beautiful bay is named after the sand which flies from the surrounding dunes when wind strikes.
Live kiwi encounters at the nocturnal Kiwi House in a natural setting and other native species at the Gecko House.
Catlins Coast - this untamed corner of New Zealand found at the south eastern tip of the South Island, although a little off the beaten track is well worth a visit, especially if you enjoy nature....
Over 100 species of migratory birds live around the waters edge in the Firth of Thames. Here is a chance to see birds up close. Take the board walk through the mangroves to the Hide.
Calling all nature lovers. Seagrass beds, salt marshes, tidal wetlands, dunes, cliffs, islands, rock platforms and underwater reefs are all found within the marine reserve and are important habitat to a variety of species.
This 7000 ha mosaic of floodplains and peat domes around the Whangamarino and Maramarua Rivers makes up the internationally recognised Whangamarino Wetland.