IntroductionHabitats are the environments in which particular plants and animals live.
Alpine habitats are in the mountains above the area where trees grow. Special plants and animals have adapted to living in these harsh areas.
Drylands are habitats defined by the lack of water. They are home to many threatened and rare species.
Estuaries are special places where rivers meet the sea. Each one is unique, ranging from small lagoons to extensive wetland harbour systems.
Our freshwater habitats range from glaciers in the mountains, to lowland rivers and streams that flow into estuaries.
DOC is responsible for New Zealand's marine reserves and marine protected and threatened species.
New Zealand's offshore islands are isolated areas of land within New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone.