West Coast National Parks
New Zealand has 14 National Parks throughout the country and many Regional Parks. West Coast 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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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
Mt Aspiring National Park is located at the southern end of the West Coast in the South Island. It's the third largest park and part of Te Wahapounamu - Southwest New Zealand World Heritage Area. The park contains mountains, glaciers, river valleys and alpine lakes. It's ideal for short walks and is the location for Isengard (Lord of the Rings).
Paparoa National Park is half way down the South Island's West Coast and is a truly unique area with pancake rocks, lush native forests, delicate cave formations and limestone canyons. The blowholes and pancake rocks are a famous attraction around Punakaiki. The historic Inland Pack Track, formed by gold miners, allows visitors to discover some really special places.
Westland Tai Poutini National Park is located in 'glacier country' on the west coast of New Zealand. Dramatic contrasts mark with area with dense rainforests, grasslands, steep forested slopes, glaciers (Fox Glacier and Franz Joesph Glacier are the most well known), scenic lakes and rivers. The spectacular State Highway Six weaves its way through the edge of the park.
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