Kiwi Guardian Adventures

Every Kiwi Guardian adventure walk has a special post that you have to find, on this post their is a code word unique to that adventure.  This is the code word that you use to claim your medal.  Having this post definitely help encourage your kids to walk further and explore more, the excitement of finding one and seeing what the code word is definitely helps to engage my kids.

You can read up on all of our different adventures below or head along to there website to see all the places you can go and explore. 

https://www.doc.govt.nz/kiwiguardians

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North Island

Kiwi Guardian Adventures 

Region
Image
Place/Activity Name
Intro
Kiwi Guardian
Bay of Plenty
Okere Falls
Okere Falls is where one of NZ’s first hydroelectric power stations was, it is a river that cascades between narrow, steep ravines to waters of Trout Pool. It is truly remarkable!!
Manawatu
Papaitonga Scenic Reserve
Papaitonga Scenic Reserve is a 135 ha area of forest and wetland which provides a refuge for many wetland birds. At the heart of the reserve is Lake Waiwiri which has a rich Maori history and was once the home of the Muaūpoko iwi, who lived in several villages around the lake and harvested longfin and shortfin eels.
Manawatu
Bruce Park
Right off the main highway its not hard to find which is great, and there is a public toilet !! extra bonus to find a toilet on your stops when you are traveling.
National Park Area
Tongariro National Trout Centre
Man those trout are big!!!! I have never really been much of a fish person, I like to eat them but never taken much time to look at them I was pretty impressed with these trout!
National Park Area
Lake Rotopounamu
Lake Rotopounamu is a crater lake surrounded by beautiful NZ native bush.
Taupo
Wharewaka Hikoi – The Lucky Lake
This is an amazing walk along the lake side and well worth checking out.
Taupo
Taupo Spa Thermal Park
This wee gem of a spot has so much to offer and you could spend a good day exploring the area.
Taupo
Waipahihi Botanical Gardens
Beautifully well presented Gardens filled with hidden gems and walking tracks.
Wellington
Pauatahanui Wild Life Reserve
Pāuatahanui Inlet is wetland reserve, the largest in Porirua and the most extensive relatively unmodified estuary area in the southern part of the North Island.
Wellington
Wellington Zoo
We went to check out the Wellington Zoo and it was fantastic !! Such a beautifully laid out and well keep facility we were very impressed.
Wellington
Otari-Wiltons Bush
Otari-Wiltons Bush is a native botanical garden located just 5km from Wellingtons CBD, it has 5 hectares of botanic gardens dedicated to the collection and preservation of New Zealand's native plants.
Wellington
Zealandia
Zealandia is the world’s first fully-fenced urban ecosanctuary, which is a huge 225 hectare’s where they have reintroduced over 20 species of native wildlife back into the area, some of which were previously absent from mainland New Zealand for over 100 years.

South Island

Kiwi Guardian Adventures 

Region
Image
Place/Activity Name
Intro
Kiwi Guardian
Christchurch
Travis Wetlands
Ōruapaeroa/Travis Wetland is a fantastic inner city adventure, it is the largest wetland in Christchurch with an area of 56.5 hectares, and is unique in the fact that it is situated in an urban area. It has lots to see and do with a tower to climb, hides to spy birds from, and wetlands alive with bird life. It makes for a great wee adventure for kids and kids at heart.
Christchurch
Riccarton Bush
In the heart of Christchurch is a wild forest, home to over 400 mighty kahikatea trees. There’s also the oldest remaining building in Canterbury
Christchurch
Godley Heads
Godley Head, known to Māori as Awaroa is a prominent headland in Christchurch, New Zealand, located at the entrance to Lyttelton Harbour. The Godley Head WWII coastal defence battery sits atop sheer 120 metre-high cliffs. Built in 1939, it is ranked in the top ten New Zealand coastal defence heritage sites.
Marlborough
Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary
WE SEEN KIWIS!!! yeap real Kiwis!!!! sorry I just could not contain myself, I am so excited to tell you about this amazing place !!!
Marlborough
Taylor River Reserve
The Taylor River runs through the heart of Blenheim, a large section of the river has been paved for people to walk, bike and explore.
West Coast - Buller Region
Cape Foulwind
Cape Foulwind is a large headland on the West Coast overlooking the Tasman sea just outside of Westport, It is also one of those places that reminded me why I started this website in the first place.
West Coast - Buller Region
Charming Creek
This beautiful and scenic walks follows an old railway line through stunning west coast bush to an the old abandoned Charming Creek coal mine.
West Coast - Buller Region
Denniston Cole Mining Historical Area
The Denniston Plateau is a large area filled with walking track, mountain biking tracks and even 4WDing tacks. It is also home to the Denniston coal mining historic area, which is a fantastic place to visit to learn all about the coal mining in the West Coast.
West Coast - Buller Region
Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blow Holes
These incredible lime stone rock are definitely well worth the stop to check out, even if the ocean is not playing ball and creating spectacular waves for you. The rocks and blow holes are still fascinating and worth exploring.