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Today’s photos come from the Taheke Scenic Reserve near Whangarei. The reserve is home to a grove of regenerating kauri, an impressive waterfall and the beautiful Taheke River.

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Not only are our forests cool, but they’re literally keeping us cool by removing heat-trapping carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

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Thanks for all your inspiring comments. The giveaway is now closed and the winners (picked at random) are: Olivia Henwood, Katy Mar and Tom McMurtry.

I hate to send you into a panic, but you might as well know—there are less than 100 days until Christmas. I know, crazy huh? But don’t stop reading in shock. I have something that’ll ease the pain of that announcement. It’s a great present idea that’ll suit just about everyone you know.

New Zealand’s Wild Places is Craig Potton’s new book. You’ve heard of Craig Potton, right? There can’t be too many homes around the country that haven’t had a wall, coffee table, or desk embellished with the work of this well known landscape photographer at some point in time.

Cover of New Zealand's Wild Places by Craig Potton.

Anyway, New Zealand’s Wild Places is Craig’s latest, just released, piece of eye candy; and the wonderful folk at Craig Potton Publishing have given us three copies to give away to you, our lucky and loyal readers.

They’ve been sitting on my desk for a day or two now and, as I thumb (ever so carefully and well away from my coffee cup!), through the pages—covering rivers and lakes, the coast, and forests and mountains—I can’t help but feel a fresh sense of awe at our country’s remarkable landscape (and at Craig Potton’s talent in capturing it in such an honest way).

In the foreword he says:

It is my hope that New Zealand’s Wild Places can serve as a reminder of, and an inspiration for your own encounters with the wild places of our country.

Now, who wouldn’t want to give their family and friends that for Christmas (or at any other time of the year for that matter)?

To be in to win leave a comment on this post before 12 noon on Monday 23 September, telling us about your favourite New Zealand Wild Place.

The giveaway is open to Conservation Blog subscribers; however, we can only ship to New Zealand addresses.

Good luck!

New Zealand’s Wild Places is valued at $39.99 and is available to purchase from bookstores nationwide and online from

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Are you keen to discover your inner camper? Do you want that quintessential kiwi summer camping experience but not too sure how to make it happen or where to go? DOC is here to make it happen!

Discover your inner camper this summer.

Discover your inner camper this summer

DOC campsites cater to a range of campers and camping styles; from lush forest settings, to sandy beaches and shimmering lakes. You can camp in scenic surroundings from as little as $6 per adult per night – or even experience one of our free campsites around the country.

DOC signs on display at a campsite near Craigieburn Forest Park.

Great locations mean there is plenty to see and do

We all have a different image in our minds of what the New Zealand camping experience entails and your own camping getaway will probably depend on your own inner camper type that is waiting to be unleashed.

Whether you are the true outdoors type who likes roughing it, a family of campers who will make the most of camping sites with plenty to see and do, right through to the top end of the scale – “glampers” who don’t want to use a long drop and would rather not go without a shower.

A family play with a cricket set outside their tent.

Don’t forget the cricket set!

So what you are waiting for? Find your own unique camper within!

What you need to know:

• Campsites are divided into categories, based on the facilities provided.

• They are dirt cheap! You’ll pay around $6-$15 per person per night for one of our sought-after campsites, or you can even rough it free of charge in a basic campsite.

• Bookings are required for all Serviced campsites and for some Scenic and Standard campsites in peak season (usually 1 October – 30 April). Most bookings can be made online or at a DOC visitor centre.

• Access to these sites can vary, so make sure you check whether your campervan or motor home can climb that steep gravel road.

• There are campsites in pretty much any setting you desire: by the coast, in the forest, next to rivers and lakes or below huge mountains.

• Sometimes they may be hard to find, but many campsites are in spectacular locations, just waiting for you to find them.

You can download the comprehensive North Island and South Island camping brochures from the DOC website, or drop into any DOC visitor centre to grab a copy for the car glove box.

Brochures are available for camp sites in the North and South Island.

Brochures are available for camp sites in the North and South Island

Check out our summer camping page for more information then find the perfect campsite, get your gear sorted, and go out and enjoy a legendary New Zealand camping experience.

The giveaway is now closed. The lucky winner is Keri Hulme. Thanks for your comments everyone.

We’re celebrating New Zealand’s unique and diverse trees and forests today by giving away a copy of the brand new book New Zealand’s Native Trees, by John Dawson and Rob Lucas.

(A big thanks to Craig Potton publishing for providing this amazing giveaway!)

Dylan Sherwood from Unity Books, Jane Connor from Craig Potton Publishing, the Hon. Kate Wilkinson, Minister of Conservation, and author John Dawson

The native flora of New Zealand really is unique – 80% of our trees, ferns and flowering plants are found nowhere else on Earth. New Zealand’s Native Trees, launched in Conservation Week by the Hon. Kate Wilkinson, is a celebration of this.

With 576 pages, and more than 2300 photographs, it’s bound to become a loved and well used resource in your home. I’m already a little jealous of whoever wins a copy!

To be in to win, leave a comment on this post before 12 noon, Monday 10 October 2011, telling us why you want the book. A winner will be selected at random and contacted by email.

The giveaway is open to all New Zealand residents, except employees of the Department of Conservation and their immediate family.

Good luck!

New Zealand’s Native Trees is valued at $120 and is available to purchase from bookstores nationwide and online from

Author John Dawson, photographer Rob Lucas, and invited guests at the launch of New Zealand’s Native Trees