Mountains to the sea – the view across the Franz Josef Glacier/Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere neve to the Tasman Sea
Westland Tai Poutini National Park (established 1960) extends from the highest peaks of the Southern Alps/Kā Tiritiri o te Moana, to the rugged and remote beaches of the wild West Coast. It is an area of magnificent primeval vistas – snow-capped mountains, glaciers, forests, tussock grasslands, lakes, rivers, wetlands and beaches.
This world-class scenic landscape forms part of Te Wāhipounamu South-West New Zealand World Heritage Area and is a treasure trove of amazing geology, rare flora and fauna and wonderful history.
From the mountains to the sea, Westland Tai Poutini National Park is a place of dramatic contrasts.
Find out about the activities you can do in Westland Tai Poutini National Park. You can visit the famous Fox and Franz Josef glaciers and outstanding mountains-to-the-sea vistas.
Learn about the accommodation options available both within Westland Tai Poutini National Park and in the surrounding townships.
If you are going to use the track system in the park make sure you are properly equipped and well prepared.
Viewing the glaciers is an exciting experience, but it can also be dangerous - people have died or been injured after ignoring signs and barriers. Follow these guidelines to have a safe and enjoyable visit.
The Fox Glacier on the West Coast of the South Island is world famous. It’s big, it’s beautiful but it can be dangerous! Watch this video on how to enjoy it safely.
The 150 attendees at the Westland Tai Poutini National Park 50th anniversary celebrations enjoyed this historic event immensely.
Find businesses that are DOC-approved to provide activities and services in Westland Tai Poutini National Park.
Weather for Westland Tai Poutini National Park - Westland forecast
DOC maps: Discover the outdoors - DOC's key places, campsites, tracks and huts, and visitor centres on a map
View the Journeys in National Parks: Westland / Aoraki documentary on NZ on Screen
Stop the spread of didymo
Check, Clean, Dry all items before entering, and when moving between, waterways.
Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:1. Plan your trip2. Tell someone3. Be aware of the weather4. Know your limits5. Take sufficient supplies