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.
Mount Aspiring National Park is a combination of isolated wilderness, high mountains and gorgeous river valleys. It is a great spot for treks, hikes and scenic walks as the views are unforgettable. In summer, it's possible to walk from one valley to another over spectacular mountain passes.
In the centre of the park is a massive area of wilderness such as glaciers, snowfields, mountains, valleys and wildlife habitats. To the west is a beech forest full of birdlife and stunning waterfalls. To the east there are grassy river flats are edged by imposing mountains. And above the tree line there are subalpine gardens of tussock, lichens and dainty flowering herbs survive against all odds. Rock forms are also a memorable feature of the park.
There is a potential risk to trampers and anglers in the Young Valley. The landslip dam that formed in the North Branch of the Young Valley in September 2007 still poses a potential risk to trampers. It is recommended that the valley be avoided in periods of heavy rain.
Mount Aspiring National Park History
Mount Aspiring National Park was established in 1964. In the past, Maori trekked through the region on their way to the pounamu fields of the west coast; Europeans visited to map, name and explore geographical features of the area; settlers attempted to farm and mine some of the valleys.
Main Towns in the West Coast Region
Oher Towns in the West Coast Region