Check out details of New Zealand's National Parks on Te Ara (The Encyclopedia of New Zealand)

 

 


Canterbury, Aoraki/Mt Cook NP

Lake Pukaki & Mt Cook
Aoraki/Mount Cook (70,696 hectares) is New Zealand's great alpine park. It has the highest mountains and the largest…

Canterbury, Arthurs Pass NP

Looking down the Wilberforce river from Browning Pass
Arthur’s Pass National Park is in the heart of the Southern Alps/Kā Tiritiri o te Moana. Its high mountains with large…

Central North Island, Tongariro N.P.

The Pinnacles & Mt Ngauruhoe from top of Mt Ruapehu
Established in 1887, Tongariro was the first national park in New Zealand and the fourth in the world. It is also a…

East Coast, Te Urewera N.P.

Walking up the Parahaki Stream
Remote, rugged, immense, Te Urewera National Park (established in 1954) is famous for its lakes and forested beauty as…

Manawhatu/Whanganui, Whanganui NP

Bridge to Nowhere
The Whanganui River winds its way from the mountains to the Tasman Sea through countless hills and valleys. Lowland…

Nelson/Tasman, Abel Tasman NP

Rock formation, Anapai Bay, Abel Tasman  National Park
Abel Tasman National Park (established in 1942) is renowned for its golden beaches, sculptured granite cliffs, and…

Nelson/Tasman, Kahurangi NP

View down into the Leslie valley from the Tablelands
Parts of Kahurangi were occupied by Maori from the 14th Century and the coast was much travelled by those seeking…

Nelson/Tasman, Nelson Lakes NP

View from Mt Cedric
During the last Ice Age massive glaciers gouged out troughs in the mountainous headwaters of the Buller River. Today…

Otago, Mt Aspiring NP

Jumboland, Wikin River
Mount Aspiring National Park (established in 1964) is a wonderful mixture of remote wilderness, high mountains and…

Southland, Fiordland NP

Milford Track
Fiordland National Park (established in 1952) is a vast, remote wilderness and the heart of Te Wāhipounamu - South West…

Southland, Rakiura NP

Rakiura
Rakiura National Park opened in 2002 and is the 14th of New Zealand's national parks. The park covers about 157,000…

Taranaki, Egmont NP

Winter tramp from North Egmont
Egmont National Park cover 33,534 hectares. Here the volcano Taranaki (or Mt Egmont as it is also known) rules supreme…

West Coast, Paparoa NP

Panakai Pancake rocks, Paparoa NP
Luxuriant coastal forest, limestone cliffs and canyons, caves and underground streams, and an absolutely spectacular…

West Coast, Westland Tai Poutini NP

Upper Copeland Valley
Westland Tai Poutini National Park (established 1960) extends from the highest peaks of the Southern Alps/Kā Tiritiri o…