New Zealand National Parks

North Island National Parks

Egmont National Park

Egmont National Park is the second oldest national park in New Zealand it is located on the western coast of the North Island, New Zealand. The closest towns are New Plymouth, Inglewood, Stratford and Opunake.

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Te Urewera National Park

Te Urewera National Park is New Zealand's fourth largest national park; it sits between the Bay of Plenty and Hawke's Bay in the North Island, New Zealand. The closest towns are Whakatane, Murupara and Wairoa.

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Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park is the oldest national park in New Zealand it is also the fourth oldest in the world. It is in the central North Island of New Zealand around 330 kilometres from Auckland.

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Whanganui National Park

Whanganui National Park is located in the central North Island with the township of Taumarunui to the north and Whanganui to the south. It is close to the small towns of Pipiriki, Ohinepane, and Whakahoro which are the main gateways to the river itself.

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South Island National Parks

Abel Tasman National Park

Abel Tasman National Park is New Zealand's smallest national park. It is at the top of the South Island, New Zealand; the closest towns are Motueka, Takaka and Kaiteriteri.

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Arthurs Pass National Park

Arthur's Pass National Park is a park of contrasts. The eastern side is characterised by wide, shingle-filled riverbeds and huge beech forests. The western side of the park has deeply satiated rivers flowing through dense rainforest. Down the middle of 'the great divide' is snow-covered peaks, glaciers and rocky slopes.

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Fiordland National Park

Fiordland National Park is in the far south-western corner of the South Island, New Zealand. The township of Te Anau is considered the gateway to the park. It is the heart of Te Wahipounamu - South West New Zealand World Heritage Area.

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Kahurangi National Park

Kahurangi National Park is one of the newest and the second largest national parks in New Zealand. It is located in the northwest corner of New Zealand's South Island. Nearby towns include: Motueka, Takaka, Karamea, Tapawera and Murchison.

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Mount Aspiring National Park

Mount Aspiring National Park overlaps the southern end of the Southern Alps in the South Island, New Zealand. The nearest towns are Wanaka, Queenstown, Glenorchy and Te Anau. The park is part of Te Wahipounamu - Southwest New Zealand World Heritage Area.

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Mount Cook National Park

Mount Cook National Park is New Zealand's great alpine park. It has the highest mountains and the largest glaciers. Although it includes 23 peaks over 3000 metres high, this park is very easy to get to.

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Nelson Lakes National Park

Nelson Lakes National Park protects 102,000 hectares of the northern most Southern Alps. The park offers tranquil beech forest, craggy mountains, clear streams and lakes both big and small. It is also a good spot for hikers and mountaineers.

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Paparoa National Park

Paparoa National Park is well known for the Pancake Rocks and blowholes of Dolomite Point, near the little settlement of Punakaiki. Copious coastal forest, limestone cliffs and canyons, caves and underground streams and an absolutely spectacular coastline, are all in this fascinating National Park.

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Rakiura National Park

Rakiura National Park is the 14th of New Zealand's national parks and it is located on New Zealand's Stewart Island also known as Rakiura. It covers around 157,000 hectares and makes up about 85 percent of Stewart Island/Rakiura.

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Westland Tai Poutini National Park

Westland Tai Poutini National Park is about half way down the South Island of New Zealand on its West Coast. It extends from the highest peaks of the Southern Alps to the remote beaches of the West Coast.

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