Te Wāhipounamu - South West New Zealand World Heritage Area

This UNESCO World Heritage Area occupies the southwestern corner of New Zealand. It includes four national parks, and covers 10% of the New Zealand's land area.

Fiery creek campsite • By iangeorge. Licence: C.

To the south, Fiordland's steep U-shaped valleys and coastal fjords are evidence of past glaciation. These are some of the most remote landscapes in the country. A variety of short walks are available, along with the famous Milford and Routeburn tracks.

Old Routeburn Falls Hut 1989 • By martin.steffen.

Further north, Aoraki / Mount Cook is New Zealand's highest peak at 3754m. A number of short walks are nearby, along with the more challenging Ball Pass and Copland Track

The coastal rainforests of Westland include easy walks to the feet of Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers as well as the classic overnight walk to Welcome Flat Hot Pools.

Area
26,000 square kilometres
Established
1990
Maps
NZTopo50-BY15
NZTopo50-BZ12
NZTopo50-CE07
NZTopo50-BX15
Map
ID 8333

About this place

Added 21 November 2012 by MatthewMatthew. 1 revision 21 November 2012 by MatthewMatthew.
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