New Zealand's national parks contain some of our most treasured wilderness areas. Watch the TV series Wild about New Zealand to see our national parks showcased.

Map of New Zealand.
Te UreweraTongariroWhanganuiEgmontAbel TasmanKahurangiNelson LakesPaparoaArthur's PassWestland Tai PoutiniAoraki/Mount CookMount AspiringFiordlandRakiura
Te Urewera.
Abel Tasman.
Nelson Lakes.
Arthur's Pass.
Westland Tai Poutini.
Aoraki/Mount Cook.
Mount Aspiring.

Te Urewera

Bridal Veil Falls, Te Urewera. Image: C.Rudge.

Remote, rugged, immense, Te Urewera is famous for its lakes and forested beauty as well as its stormy history.


Tramper looking at Mount Ruapehu. Photo: Catherine Tudhope.

Tongariro is New Zealand's oldest national park and a dual World Heritage area. This status recognises the park's important Maori cultural and spiritual associations as well as its outstanding volcanic features.


Matemateaonga Walkway, Whanganui National Park. Photo: Bill Fleury.

Whanganui National Park is located in the south-west of New Zealand's North Island.


Mount Taranaki, Poukai Range, Kaitake Range and farmland, Egmont National Park. Photo: C. Rudge.

Egmont National Park can be found on the western coast of New Zealand's North Island. Here the volcano Taranaki (or Mt Egmont as it is also known) rules supreme.

Abel Tasman

Mutton Cove, Abel Tasman National Park. Photo: Garry Holz.

Abel Tasman National Park is renowned for its golden beaches, sculptured granite cliffs, and its world-famous coast track.


Looking towards Perry Saddle Hut on Heaphy Track, Kahurangi National Park. Photo: Gary Grey.

Created in 1996, Kahurangi is one of New Zealand's newest and the second largest national park. It's located in the northwest corner of New Zealand's South Island.

Nelson Lakes

Mount Robert, Nelson Lakes National Park.

Nelson Lakes National Park is situated in the north of New Zealand's South Island. The gateway to the park is St Arnaud, a 1-2 hour drive from Nelson or Blenheim.


Pancake Rocks, Punakaiki.

Luxuriant coastal forest, limestone cliffs and canyons, caves and underground streams, and an absolutely spectacular coastline, are all packed into one national park.

Arthur's Pass

Mountain view up the Waimakariri River, the gateway to Arthur's Pass National Park. Photo: Graeme Kates.

Arthur's Pass National Park is situated between Canterbury and the West Coast in the South Island of New Zealand.

Westland Tai Poutini

Mountains to the Sea – the view across the Franz Josef Glacier Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere neve to the Tasman Sea from Centennial Hut.  Photo: Ian Singleton.

Westland Tai Poutini National Park is located about half way down the South Island on the West Coast of New Zealand.

Aoraki/Mount Cook

Tasman Glacier by moonlight, Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park.

Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park is a rugged land of ice and rock, with 19 peaks over 3,000 metres including New Zealand's highest mountain, Aoraki/Mount Cook.

Mount Aspiring

View of Mount Aspiring National Park from Key Summit on the Routeburn Track.

Mount Aspiring National Park is a wonderful mixture of remote wilderness, high mountains and beautiful river valleys. It is a walker's paradise and a must for mountaineers.


Eglinton Valley, Milford Road, Fiordland. Photo: Douglas Thorne.

Fiordland National Park has spectacular ice-carved fiords, lakes and valleys, rugged granite tops and pristine mountain to sea vistas.


Entrance to Rakiura National Park.

Rakiura National Park is located on New Zealand's Stewart Island/Rakiura. The park covers about 157,000 ha and makes up about 85 percent of the island.

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