Landmarks that tell our stories
Nau mai, haere mai ki te kaupapa o Tohu Whenua.
Tohu Whenua are the places that have shaped Aotearoa New Zealand. Located in stunning landscapes and rich with stories, they offer some of our best heritage experiences.
Explore our regions
Walk in the footsteps of extraordinary and ordinary New Zealanders and hear about the deeds, struggles, triumphs and innovations that make us who we are.
Otago’s Tohu Whenua are places that tell stories of our people’s pioneering spirit, marking some of the cornerstones of our economic and entrepreneurial livelihood.Discover
Te Tai Tokerau
Te Tai Tokerau Northland’s Tohu Whenua, and the interweaving journeys, tell the stories of our beginnings. These are places where both our Māori and European ancestors arrived, centuries apart, and where their identities were defined.Discover
Te Tai Poutini
Te Tai Poutini West Coast's Tohu Whenua tell the stories of the hardships endured for our country's most prized resources. A region known for its incredible beauty and rich bounty, these are the places where our people's limits were tested and rewarded.Discover
Latest Stories & News
Clendon papers added to UNESCO register
A unique collection of family papers spanning almost 150 years, and covering watershed moments in the formation of modern New Zealand, has been added to the UNESCO Aotearoa New Zealand Memory of the World register.
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Tohu Whenua launches first mana whenua site
Tohu Whenua has marked a significant milestone today with the launch of its first landscape story-based site, Te Kopikopiko o te Waka near Te Weheka/Fox Glacier.
Matariki 2022 - Tohu Whenua events near you
Tohu Whenua landmarks across the country are celebrating Matariki 2022 - and you're invited!
Vote for Kororipo's historic pear tree for Tree of the Year!
Rākau o te tau / Tree of the Year Aotearoa is here!
Tohu Whenua is a visitor programme that connects New Zealanders with our heritage and enhances our sense of national identity by promoting significant historical and cultural sites.
The Tohu Whenua programme forms a network of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most treasured heritage places that visitors of all ages can enjoy.
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Download a regional brochure to help you plan your trip.