Nelson National Parks
New Zealand has 14 National Parks throughout the country and many Regional Parks. Nelson National Parks and Regional Parks are vast protected areas of our most treasured wilderness - forests, wildlife and landscapes. more
Offering many days of hiking for the intrepid traveller, and camping along walking tracks, you can discover the most dramatic and beautiful parts of our spectacular country, from the ancient rainforests to majestic mountains and waterfalls hundreds of metres tall. Short walks and accessible walking trails are also available.
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Nelson Lakes National Park sits at the top of the South Island at the beginning of the Southern Alps. The lovely alpine lakes of Rotoroa and Rotoiti are at the heart of the area and are surrounded by alpine landscape of rugged peaks and forests. There's a range of easy walks through to advanced tramping routes.
Abel Tasman National Park is the smallest national park in the country. It's world famous for its coastal walking track and has many golden sandy beaches. Established in 1942 it is 22,530 hectares in size and the nearest towns are Takaka, Motueka and Kaiteriteri. Tui, bellbirds and pukeko can be seen in this area.
Freedom camping is permitted in many places in New Zealand but the rules vary in each community. To be certain about local camping regulations, we recommend you check out the freedomcamping.org website and get the Camping NZ or Camper Mate app. You can also ask at an i-SITE or Department of Conservation visitor centre or holiday park. #TiakiPromise
Kahurangi National Park is NZs second largest park and home to the famous Heaphy Track which attracts over 4,000 walkers every year. While there is a range of other tracks to enable you to explore some of the oldest rocks, strangest plants and rarest birds in the country, the park has lots of untracked wilderness with rivers and coastal forests.
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