New Zealand has 13 national parks, each offering its own unique landscape. Two North Island parks, Tongariro and Egmont, centre on volcanoes while the third, Whanganui, has a river at its heart. The South Island offers the coastal karst of Paparoa and Abel Tasman, the mountaineering challenges of Mount Aspiring and Aoraki / Mount Cook, the classic tramping of Nelson Lakes, Arthur's Pass, and Kahurangi, the remote wilderness of Westland and Fiordland. Further south, Rakiura incorporates the majority of Stewart Island.
Entry into New Zealand national parks is unrestricted although motor vehicles and bicycles are prohibited. Services within parks are very limited. Visitors should be self-sufficient. Free camping is allowed. A large number of public huts are available in the parks, generally on a first-come-first served basis for a small fee.
National Park. 225.33km2.
In many ways, the track that explores the golden shoreline of this coastal park and the park itself have become ...
National Park. 706.96km2.
A climbers' park surrounding New Zealand's highest peak, Aoraki / Mount Cook, at 3724m. Mount Cook National Park is part ...
National Park. 1145.00km2.
This alpine park straddles the Main Divide of the Southern Alps, with dry beech forests in the east and damp ...
National Park. 12570.00km2.
New Zealand's largest park, with large areas of impenetrable wilderness. Includes the Glaisnock and Pembroke Wilderness Areas. Fiordland National Park ...
National Park. 4520.02km2.
New Zealand's second largest, and youngest national park, dating from 1996. A large area of land at the top of ...
National Park. 3555.18km2.
The third-largest national park, although most of its space is under-utilised. The Routeburn is the second busiest trail in New ...
National Park. 1017.53km2.
An alpine park of beech forests, valleys, and glacial lakes, offering some relatively easy walking. Established in 1956. Highest point: ...
National Park. 305.60km2.
A land of cliffs, gorges, caves, and disappearing rivers, draped in rich coastal forest.
National Park. 1570.00km2.
New Zealand's newest and southernmost park, on Stewart Island.
National Park. 335.34km2.
Encircling the symmetrical cone of Mt Taranaki, this is New Zealand's second national park, dating from 1900, and originally named ...
National Park. 790.00km2.
New Zealand's first national park andand one of the first to be created anywhere in the world. The volcanic heart ...
National Park. 1316.00km2.
This park stretches from the coastline along the Tasman Sea to the peaks of the Southern Alps. Westland National Park ...
National Park. 742.31km2.
Lowland forest surrounding the long and sinuous Whanganui River, the longest navigable river in New Zealand. New Zealand's 11th national ...