New Zealand's national parks contain some of our most treasured wilderness areas.

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.

National parks in New Zealand
TongariroWhanganuiEgmontAbel TasmanKahurangiNelson LakesPaparoaArthur's PassWestland Tai PoutiniAoraki/Mount CookMount AspiringFiordlandRakiura


Mount Ngauruhoe, Tongariro National Park. Photo: Tom Coates | CC BY-NC 2.0.

Tongariro is New Zealand's oldest national park and a dual World Heritage area.


Looking out over the Whanganui River. Photo: Stefan Marks | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

The Whanganui River winds its way from the mountains to the Tasman Sea through countless hills and valleys.


Pouakai Tarns along the Pouakai Circuit, Egmont National Park. Photo: DOC.

Egmont National Park can be found on the western coast of New Zealand's North Island.

Abel Tasman

Golden beach, Abel Tasman National Park. Photo: Andrea Schaffer | CC BY 2.0.

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


The summit of 1490 meter Trident Peak, Kahurangi National Park. Photo: Crystal Brindle ©

Located in the northwest corner of New Zealand's South Island, Kahurangi is New Zealand's second largest national park.

Nelson Lakes

Lake Rotoiti, Nelson Lakes National Park. Photo: Harald Selke | CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

Nelson Lakes National Park is situated in the north of New Zealand's South Island.


Pancake Rocks, Paparoa National Park. Photo: Nicolas Lair | CC BY 2.0.

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

Walker in Arthur's Pass National Park. Photo: Baptiste Maryns ©

Arthur’s Pass National Park is in the heart of the Southern Alps/Kā Tiritiri o te Moana.

Westland Tai Poutini

Franz Josef Glacier, Westland Tai Poutini National Park. Photo: Jane Nearing | CC BY-ND 2.0.

The park 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.

Aoraki/Mount Cook

Aoraki/Mt Cook from Sealy Tarns. Photo: Michael Hamilton | CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

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

Mt Aspiring National Park. Photo: Jamie Muchall | CC BY-NC 2.0.

Mount Aspiring National Park is a wonderful mixture of remote wilderness, high mountains and beautiful river valleys.


Milford Sound with Mitre Peak in distance. Photo: L. Gim | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

Fiordland National Park (established in 1952) has spectacular ice-carved fiords, lakes and valleys, rugged granite tops and pristine mountain to sea vistas.


Little River, Rakiura Track. Photo: Baptiste Maryns ©

Rakiura National Park is located on Stewart Island/Rakiura.

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