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New Zealand National Parks


New Zealand National Parks

New Zealand National Parks

Nearly 30 percent of New Zealand’s land area is comprised of protected areas and national parks or taonga or treasures of irreplaceable and priceless value.


Several of these house Maori artifacts and features of great spiritual and historic significance.

The Tuwharetoa Maori chiefs in 1887 gave their ancestral volcanic mountains of Ruapehu, Tongariro, and Ngauruhoe in the North Island’s central region to all the New Zealand people, producing the nation's 1st and the world's 4th national park called the Tongariro National Park.


Currently, there are thirteen areas like this that preserve for future generations some of the most awesome scenery of New Zealand, its rare and threatened fauna and flora and its archaeological regons.

There are also two World Heritage sites in New Zealand. One is made up of parts of Fiordland, Westland, Mount Aspiring, and Mount Cook National Parks while the other one is Tongariro National Park.

In perfect combination with the national parks are twenty forest parks that provide superb scenery and several recreational possibilities.

Easily reached from Auckland is the Coromandel Forest Park which boasts of over 30 walking trails through luscious forests, historic mining sites, old volcanic landforms, as well as swimming, fishing, camping, sailing, and diving.
Located in the central North Island is Pureora Forest Park which has been dubbed as New Zealand’s best wildlife preserve for endangered wildlife birds ever observed on the country’s mainland.
Four historic and maritime parks preserve rare animals, vegetation, and archaeological sites on some of the world’s loveliest headlands, islands, and coastal lands.


While a lot of these facilities are open to the public for purposes of recreation, a special permit is needed to visit some of the distant island reserves that have purpose-built to facilitate endangered species.

Among such places are the Bay of Islands Maritime and Historic Park which is a playground of subtropical islands, beaches, tidal inlets with mangroves, and bays. This northern beautiful park provides coastal and forest walks, fishing, boating, diving, swimming, camping, and big-game fishing.
On the doorstep of Auckland is Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park. The waters surrounding its forty seven islands are a boat-athlete’s paradise.
Encompassing Mount Taranaki (the most perfectly symmetric volcano of New Zealand) is Egmont National Park. The walking paths in this park cover from the rainforests of the lowlands, through the alpine herb fields, to ice and snow.

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Situated on Rotorua’s southeast is Te Urewera National Park. It is the largest remaining forested wilderness region on the North Island. Its crowning feature is Lake Waikaremoana, with good fishing, swimming, boating, walking paths, and bird watching.

Located at the topmost part of the South Island on Tasman Bay is the Abel Tasman National Park. It is the smallest of the national parks of New Zealand. Its 4-day walking track surrounds a wonderfully secluded coastline of untouched, gold sandy beaches and rocky coves, against a background of forested hills. The famous 3-4 day coastal walk is appropriate for people of different ages.

Larger than the rest of the parks combined, the Fiordland National Park is a big area which includes broad walking tracks, rainforests, lakes, and stunning fiords, including the renowned Doubtful and Milford Sounds.



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