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National Parks

Mitre Peak Milford Sound NZ

New Zealand has 13 national parks, the newest being Rakiura NP, established in 2002, covering 85% of the land area of Stewart Island/Rakiura.

The national parks are overseen by the Department of Conservation (DoC), who, along with other public land, oversee nearly 30% of the country’s total land area.

You’ll recognise DoC stewardship of land by easy-to-spot green and yellow signs.

The national parks are places of great natural beauty and boast excellent hiking and walking tracks.

Arthur's Pass National Park

Fiordland National Park

Mt Aspiring National Park

Aoraki / Mt Cook National Park

Stewart Island & Rakiura NP

Abel Tasman National Park

6okm or dayhike & kayak this coastal track

Kahurangi National Park

Walk the 78km Heaphy Track

Mt Taranaki & Egmont NP

Hiking on & around this perfect volcanic cone

Nelson Lakes National Park

Walk the Mt Robert Circuit (4-5hrs)

Paparoa NP & 'Pancake Rocks'

Layered rocks & blowholes at Punakaiki

Tongariro National Park

NZ's first NP; hiking & skiing on mighty volcanoes

Westland Tai Poutini National Park

The glaciers and west of the divide

Whanganui National Park

Paddle the Whanganui River; hiking too.

Text © Craig McLachlan

Image by Bernard Spragg. NZ