National parks
National parks
From dual World Heritage status Tongariro to wildlife-rich Rakiura, New Zealand’s 13 national parks showcase some of our finest scenery. Whether you explore them by foot, bike, boat, kayak, car or air, you’ll be experiencing Aotearoa the way it was before humans began meddling with it.

Once-in-a-lifetime chance to see giant icebergs floating on a glacial lake

West Coast

Why the West Coast's Ōpārara Arches are worth the expedition

It will cost you only effort and patience, for which you will be generously rewarded with some truly wondrous sights.

Manawatū Whanganui

Tongariro: Why you should visit NZ's first National Park

Born from the extremes of a still-active volcanic history, Tongariro National Park is a year-round adventurers' destination.

Nelson Tasman

A pick'n'mix Abel Tasman National Park getaway

Picture postcard beaches and inviting azure waters are undoubtedly the Abel Tasman National Park’s hallmarks.

West Coast

A guide to Westland Tai Poutini National Park

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Secrets of the South Island's greatest road trip

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Number of visitors to national parks may be capped during peak times

The Department of Conservation is considering restricting the number of people who can enter popular national parks at peak times.

West Coast

Why you should visit the Paparoa National Park this summer

Rugged coastal landscapes, superb birdlife and an easygoing, quintessentially Kiwi vibe make a journey to the South Island’s West Coast worthwhile.

Nelson Tasman

A guide to Nelson Lakes National Park

One of New Zealand's lesser-visited national parks is also one of the country's most spectacular.

Nelson Tasman

A guide to visiting Kahurangi National Park

A Great Walk adventure combines with limestone landscapes dating back millions of years on the northwestern edge of the South Island.

Nelson Tasman

Walk along a sacred river in Kahurangi National park

The river-smoothed boulders surrounding the pools of emerald water are draped in lime-green moss that makes the kind of shocking contrast in colour that only nature can get away with.


Going off the beaten path in Fiordland

There are less well-known multi-day tracks to take into the wilderness.

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Heli-biking plan for Paparoa Track at centre of stoush over NZ's newest Great Walk

Environmental groups are embroiled in a court battle against helicopters in the Paparoa National Park.


A guide to visiting Egmont National Park

A superb one-day walk, accessible bushwalks and the opportunity to reach the summit of a volcanic peak are highlights of Egmont National Park.