These national parks have it all, with a handful of them also being World Heritage sites. The beauty is diverse and completely unique. From islands to rivers, mountains to lakes and volcanoes to fiords, adventure and splendor are waiting. Check out this helpful little list on which ones can’t be missed.
5. Mt Aspiring National Park
Mt Aspiring National Park, named after one of the countries highest peaks, is home to the famous Routeburn Track, unbelievable mountain ranges and uniquely beautiful Blue Pools. Its alpine wilderness will leave you in awe.
4. Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park
A mountaineers must! Mt Cook National Park is home to New Zealand’s longest glaciers and highest peaks. Sir Edmund Hillary, pre-Everest scaled many of these peaks - which speaks volumes about the depth of this alpine mountaineering terrain. The park is not only famous for its beauty and as a mountaineers haven, but it also boasts New Zealand’s only International Sky Reserve. This is because the park has almost no light pollution, which allows for the clearest, most vast, star-filled sky every night.
3. Abel Tasman National Park
New Zealand’s smallest national park, Abel Tasman National Park is a real gem. It has a beautiful, secluded coastline and is full of epic hiking trails. Between the unspoiled golden-sand beaches, the turquoise haze of the ocean, dense forests, and the Abel Tasman Coastal Track, its definitely worth mentioning. Activities also stretch as far as historical ones, with ancient Maori settlement sites here too!
2. Tongariro National Park
Tongariro National Park is New Zealand's oldest national park. A dual World Heritage site due to cultural significance and natural phenomenons, this is an 80,000 hectare national treasure. Centred around 3 volcanoes, the Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu, makes for a dramatic and picturesque landscape. It's so picturesque, it’s featured in films as a setting frequently. The alpine hiking terrains, and the beautiful landscapes makes it worthy of this list! There are endless things to do there.
1. Fiordland National Park
New Zealand’s largest national park- Fiordland National Park is super popular to visit for a reason. This unique environment features stunning fiords, remarkable waterfalls, shining lakes and snow-capped peaks.
For some background information, a fiord is a u-shaped glacier that has been carved away by the sea and here they are dramatically beautiful. The most famous one of them all is The Milford Sound. There are spectacular walks around these through the park’s forest. Another popular one, Doubtful Sound is New Zealand's deepest and is home to fur seals, bottle nose dolphins and penguins. The natural sights will blow your mind and they are all so easily accessible! That is why this park also holds World Heritage status.