Pouakai tarns. Photo: Rodney Allen ©
Spotlight on Taranaki
It was great to see the Taranaki region in the spotlight after Lonely Planet named it their number two region in the world to visit in 2017.
Exploring North Egmont
In their review, Lonely Planet named the Pouakai Crossing as contender for one of the best day walks in New Zealand.
The track winds across the lower slopes of Mt Taranaki. You'll discover towering cliffs, a mighty waterfall and stunning views.
Both walks start at the North Egmont roadend - just a 30 minute drive from New Plymouth. North Egmont is also a Kiwi Guardians site, so it's a great place to explore with kids.
Update from Lou
Director-General Lou Sanson talks about the world’s largest marine protected area in the Ross Sea region of Antarctica, and his visits to Whanganui, Whakapapa and Pureora. Read Lou's update.
New Kiwi Guardian sites have been added in Westport, St Arnaud, Arthur's Pass
and Glacier country.
Kiwi Guardians is an activity programme for kids to learn about nature and earn rewards. Get outdoors this summer and discover adventures near you.
Meet the new Royal cam stars
The albatross web cam at Taiaroa Head near Dunedin continues to stream live as the next breeding season begins.
Moana, the last Royal cam star, fledged in September. A new adult pair have since arrived, and have begun building their nest. Their egg is expected late-November.
In 2017 we want to see one tree planted for every New Zealander – that’s 4.7 million trees.
Trees That Count will keep a live count of the number of native trees planted across New Zealand. The project is being led by Project Crimson.
Young people making a difference
Two Coromandel lads, passionate about our environment, are taking steps for change. Over 4 million steps in fact.
Josh Thomson and Atawhai Charteris will walk from Cape Reinga to Stewart Island/Rakiura on a journey they hope will inspire others.
We offer Outward Bound course scholarships to say thanks to the young people protecting our nature.
Natalie de Burgh, a young conservation volunteer, was awarded a scholarship earlier this year. Read about her experience.
Mahi Aroha Summer Programme
Explore the Central Plateau at Mahi Aroha this January. From a kite flying day to bike trips and heli-hikes, there will be plenty of opportunities to experience the stunning natural and historical treasures in the area.
Bookings open mid-November.
Tamatea: Art and Conservation in Dusky Sound
Explore one of this country’s most precious, remote areas through the eyes of New Zealand artists.
The Tamatea exhibition will be on show in Wellington until 2 December.
It will open in Southland on 17 December, followed by a national tour in 2017.
Photo of the month
Iconic Mitre Peak is one of the most recognised (and photographed) peaks in the world. Its sheer rock walls rise 1,692 m from the water. Enjoy some of the best views of Mitre Peak from the Milford Sound Foreshore Walk.
Photo by Bernard Spragg ©
South-East Marine Protection Forum
The forum is calling for submissions on 20 site proposals for possible inclusion in a network of marine protected areas located along the south-east coast of the South Island.
Make a submission before 20 December 2016.