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NZ's National Parks - New Zealand

There are 14 National Parks around New Zealand designed to protect the natural beauty of the native trees and birds and allow visitors to enjoy the huge range of opportunities that they offer. They cover a large variety of landscape from the oceans and inlets to the mountains and glaciers.

Abel Tasman National Park
This National Park hosts the well known Abel Tasman Coastal Track and is renown for its beaches and rock sculptures. It is located at the top of the South Island. Here you will find birds like the pukeko, the tui and bellbirds as well as the opportunity to check out the sea life if you go snorkelling or kayaking. You can also take advantage of short walks close to the entry points to the park.

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park
This alpine park has some of the highest mountains and largest glaciers in New Zealand along with its unique alpine plants including the lupins and Mt Cook lilies aswell as kea and pippit. While there you can stay at the Aoraki Mt Cook Alpine Village, go skiing and mountaineering, do a day walk or take scenic flights to take in the stunning terrain the park holds. 

Arthurs Pass National Park
Arthurs Pass is between Christchurch and Greymouth and has striking differences on either side of the pass, with an abundance of alpine plants above the tree line. Kea, spotted kiwi, fantails, bellbirds are some of the birds you can find in the park while taking short walks, day walks, over night hikes or mountaineering. 

Egmont National Park
This park is home to Mt Egmont, and has challenging climbs for the fit aswell as easier walks with stunning views. It also holds a range of trees and plants from lush rainforest in the lower areas up to alpine plants unique to that area. It is one of the most accessible parks situated on the western coast of the North Island near New Plymouth.

Fiordland National Park
The Fiordland National Park encompasses some of the last great wilderness areas of New Zealand, with mountains, fiords and lakes. This area is also home to rare birds such as the takahe and the kakapo. The gate way to the park is Te Anau and it has many quality walking tracks including, the Milford, Kelper, Hollyford and Routeburn. Other activities include scenic flights, mountaineering, hunting and fishing.

Kahurangi National Park
Kauhurangi has a varied landscape that creates habitats for the spotted kiwi, the rock wren and a number of native insects including snails and wetas. The park offers many walking tracks including the wel known Heaphy Track and is situated on the northwest corner of the South Island. There is also opportunity to do caving, kayaking, rafting and fishing.

Mount Aspiring National Park
The Mount Aspiring National Park encompasses the southern end of the Southern Alps and borders the Fiordland National Park. It is also home to many birds including kea, rock wren, bellbirds, the South Island robin and the tomtit. Situated near Queenstown, Te Anau, Glenorchy and Wanaka, the park offers walking, mountaineering and jet boating.

Nelson Lakes National Park
This park is a combination of craggy mountains surrounded by lakes including Rotoiti and Rotoroa. This combination allows visitors to enjoy mountaineering, walking, snow sports aswell as boating and fishing. The area is also well known for its Nature Recovery Programme that allows you to get a glimpse of New Zealands unique nature.

Paparoa National Park
This parks holds a variety of stunning landscape from the mountains to the coast between Westport and Greymouth, including the well known Pankcake Rocks on Dolomite Point. You will be able to enjoy walking, caving and canoeing to see some of the interesting limestone features in the park.

Rakiura National Park
This park covers approximately 85% of Stewart Island including stark cliffs, sandy beaches and sheltered beaches. This means there is always opportunity to see many native birds as you explore the walking tracks the island has to offer.

Te Urewera National Park
The park has the largest forested wilderness on the North Island as well as having Lakes Waikaremoana and Waikareiti. Much of the park is not easily accessible which means there is well protected wildlife including the kiwi, kaka and the blue duck. It is an ideal place for hunting fishing, walking or taking a visit to Aniwaniwa Museum.

Tongariro National Park
The Tongariro park has outstanding variety including volcanic features, lakes and plateaus alongside its active volcanoes and Mt Ruapehu. This area houses two of New Zealands largest ski fields and has plenty of place for mountaineering, hiking and snow sports.

Westland Tai Poutini National Park
This park takes in part of the Southern Alps down to the wetlands on the West Coast, with Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, Fox and Franz Josef Glacier on it's boundries. The coastal areas and wetlands are home to coastal wading birds and the kotuku (white heron).

Whanganui National Park
The Whanganui National Park has the Whanganui River running through it, with popular tracks following its path from the mountains down to Tasman Sea. The park offers plenty of space for boating, fishing, walking and hunting as well as seeing native birds like the tui, fantail, wood pigeon and robin.

 

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