New Zealand’s 13 national parks showcase more than 18,000 square miles of diverse, natural scenery ready to explore by foot, boat, car or air.

Abel Tasman

Known as the finest coastal walk in the country with golden beaches and sculptured granite cliffs surrounded by diverse native forest. Featuring the Abel Tasman Coast Track Great Walk.

Aoraki/Mount Cook

New Zealand’s great alpine park with the highest mountains and the largest glaciers.

Arthur’s Pass

A park of contrasts, with dry beech/tawhai forest in the east and luxuriant rainforest on western slopes.


Dominated by the 8,000-foot-high volcanic peak of Mt. Taranaki (also known as Mt. Egmont), which offers a challenging climb and spectacular views.


One of the great wilderness areas of the Southern Hemisphere with The Kepler, Milford and Routeburn tracks, each highlighting different aspects of this spectacular park.


Covering the West Coast at the top of the South Island it includes the Heaphy Track, the longest of the country’s Great Walks.

Mount Aspiring

Straddling the southern end of the Southern Alps it’s a walker’s paradise and a must for mountaineers. The three largest of 100 glaciers in the region flank Mount Aspiring itself.

Nelson Lakes

Protects the northern-most Southern Alps and offers tranquil beech forest, craggy mountains, clear streams and lakes both big and small.


Most famous for the Pancake Rocks and blowholes of Dolomite Point, near the settlement of Punakaiki.

Rakiura National Park

Explore pristine beaches, sheltered inlets, and coastal forest, and see seals, penguins, kiwi, weka and many other birds. Makes up about 85 percent of Stewart Island/Rakiura.


A dual World Heritage area and a place of extremes and surprises; featuring active volcanoes and the Tongariro Northern Circuit Great Walk.

Westland Tai Poutini

Extends from the highest peaks of the Southern Alps to the rugged and remote beaches of the wild West Coast.


Tramping tracks through wild lowland forests and river trips down the mighty Whanganui are popular activities.