New Zealand’s countryside offers an incredible diversity – only here you will find anything from yet to be explored mangrove forests, snowcovered volcanoes and wild rainforests to magnificent fjordlands, endless glaciers and mountain ranges. New Zealand is truly unique! Animals and plants that you won’t find anywhere else in the world call this country their home.
The range of outdoor activities is countless. Diving, snorkling, waterskiing, snowboarding, hiking, climbing, cycling, kayaking, fishing or surfing: You name it, you do it! The choice is yours. Furthermore, New Zealand’s National Parks offer you the breathtaking experience of wild nature even to this day mostly untouched by civilization.
Abel Tasman National Park
A mild climate makes this National Park a perfect tourist destination all year round. Abel Tasman is famous for its golden sand beaches, incredible granite formations and a popular hiking track along the coast.
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park
The 70,696 hectare park is in the central South Island, right in the middle of the Southern Alps. Mount Aoraki Cook Village is at the foot of New Zealand’s highest mountain with Twizel being the nearest township.
Arthur’s Pass National Park
Situated along the historical route between Canterbury and the wild West Coast, inbetween high mountains with endless valleys and a network of magnificent streams and rivers this National Park is truly a jewel to experience.
Egmont National Park (Mount Taranaki)
This National Park along the West Coast of the North Island is probably the easiest to access and expore. Dominating the park is Mount Egmont – also known as Mount Taranaki. On the outside it might look similar to Mount Fuji in Japan. The big difference is: Mount Egmont is a volcano! Townships nearby are New Plymouth, Inglewood, Stratford and Opunake.
Fjordland National Park
New Zealand’s biggest National Park is situated in the southwest of the South Island and most popular for its wilderness, untouched rainforests and fjords. The park is quite secluded with only one road leading up to Milford Sound, one of New Zealand’s major landmarks.
Kahurangi National Park
In some areas this park is nothing more than unaccessible wilderness. Yet in other areas you will find an intense network of walking tracks letting you explore rivers, coastline, forest, plateaus and alpine scenery.
Mount Aspiring National Park
Located at the southern part of the Southern Alps this park spreads over 355,543 hectrares. The closest townships are Queenstown, Wanaka, Te Anau and Glenorchy.
Nelson Lake National Park
On the other side of the Southern Alps, in the north, is another safeguarded area covering 102,000 hectares. Beautiful sceneries from mountains and dense forests to clear rivers and lakes await the visitor.
Paparoa National Park
The frontiers of this park have been carefully measured in order to protect forests and minerals as well as a variety of ecosystems from mountain tops to coastal regions.
Rakiura National Park
It’s the 14th of New Zealand’s National Parks and was officially opened in 2002. With 157,000 hectares it covers 85% of Stewart Island.
Te Urewera National Park
It may be New Zealand’s third largest National Park, but it is also the most isolated one. The Ureweras cover the biggest wild forest still existing in the North Island. The park is also famous for its lakes and turbulent history involving Maories and British.
Tongariro National Park
Tongariro is probably the most famous of New Zealand’s National Parks in the North Island. It’s an area full of extremes and surprises. Farmland, rainforest, clear lakes and desert-like plateaus – and even active volcanoes: Tongariro has a lot to offer!
Westland Tai Poutini National Park
The park ranges from the highest tops of the Southern Alps all the way to the untouched beaches of the wild west coast of the South Island. Its biggest attractions are Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier along with scenic lakes, dense rainforest and the remains of old gold mining towns.
Whanganui National Park
The park is home to several thousand North Island Brown Kiwis and endangered Blue Ducks. Through the National Park flows the Whanganui River which attracts numerous tourists. Tramping tours through lowland forests and trips along the river are popular activities.