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New Zealand National Parks and Great Walks, explore spectacular views of New Zealand National Parks while hiking, tramping, backpacking Milford Track, Routeburn Track , Kepler Track and Stewart Island tracks. New Zealand's national parks let you enjoy backcountry hikes, hiking, hiking trails, bushwalking, trekking, tramping, backpacking, camping, exploring the back country trails of New Zealand. Explore, experience New Zealand's Great Walks and enjoy Lord of the Rings spectacular scenery throughout backcountry New Zealand. See spectacular views of New Zealand's Great Walks, Milford Track, Routeburn Track, Dart Rees Track, Kepler Track , Heaphy Track and Stewart Island tracks.

My favourites places are Nelson Lakes Travers/ Sabine Circuit, Blue Lake, Durville Valley, Leslie -Karamea Track, Tablelands and Cobb Valley, Abel Tasman Coastal Track and Heaphy Track.

New Zealand's many national parks and thousands of hectares of recreation land offer unlimited wilderness to explore. Our unpredictable climate quickly turns from blasing heat and blue skies to torrential rain and plummeting temperatures making any adventure a challenge. As trampers, hikers, walkers and trekkers we are relatively unique in that we load up a large pack and head into our vast wilderness for days on end with the desire and ability to truly escape.

Come and see spectacular views of  Milford Track, Routeburn Track, Dart Rees Track, Kepler Track, Stewart Island tracks and New Zealand Great Walks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MORE>> Top Hiking Backpacking Trips New Zealand
  1. Abel Tasman National Park
  2. Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park
  3. Arthur's Pass National Park
  4. Egmont National Park
  5. Fiordland National Park
  6. Kahurangi National Park
  7. Mount Aspiring National Park
  8. Nelson Lakes National Park
  9. Paparoa National Park
  10. Rakiura National Park
  11. Te Urewera National Park
  12. Tongariro National Park
  13. Westland Tai Poutini National Park
  14. Whanganui National Park
 

New Zealand has had a long tradition of access to outdoor recreation, to a largely undeveloped back country and to extensive areas of uncrowded natural environments; outdoor recreational land is plentiful by most countries' standards. Substantial areas of largely unmodified country are vested in the Crown as public lands, in the form of National Parks, Forest Parks and a variety of other Reserves, a Conservation Estate that is almost completely uninhabited. The first National Park was established in 1887 and very large areas of largely unmodified country continue to be added to the system. The latest National Park, Kahurangi, in the north west of the South Island, is the country's second largest, and was opened in 1996.

Not only is the Conservation Estate large, it is also widely distributed, although a considerable part lies along the alpine spine of the South Island and is thus remote from the growing population focus of the northern North Island. Virtually all Crown Land is open to unconstrained public access; only some scientific and nature conservation areas are closed and these are only a very small proportion of the total. Additionally, substantial areas of open High Country grassland, usually held as Crown Pastoral leases, have traditionally been open to recreationists. The twenty metre marginal strip that borders almost all rivers, streams and lakes, the so-called Queen's Chain, has also provided extensive recreational areas and important access routes

New Zealand Outdoor Recreation

New Zealanders have always had easy access to New Zealands national parks of high quality recreational environments and these have for long been used for tramping, mountaineering, skiing, hunting and fishing, and, as a consequence, an outdoor recreational ethic has been a substantial component of the New Zealand culture. The rough but honest bushman has long been an icon of the 'real' New Zealand (Fitzharris and Kearsley, 1988). While widespread in the public mind, such a culture has not been universally participated in; there has been something of a tendency for back country users to be young, in their teens and twenties, to be male, Pakeha and to be students or to come from professional backgrounds (Booth, 1995; Shultis 1991).

New Zealand has 14 national parks and more than five million hectares — a third of New Zealand — protected in parks and reserves. They embody an incredible variety of landscape and vegetation for so small a country.

Mt Taranaki - Egmont
From the mangrove-fringed tidal inlets of Northland to the snow-capped volcanoes of the central plateau, from the forests of the Te Urewera to the majestic fiords, glaciers and mountains of the south, this land is unique. Plants and animals found nowhere else on Earth can be found here

Abel Tasman National Park

Shallow Bay Abel Tasman is renowned for its golden beaches, sculptured granite cliffs, and its world-famous coastal track. It also has a mild climate and is a good place to visit at any time of the year.

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park

Mt Cook Above Clouds
Aoraki, Mt Cook a 70,696 hectare park is located in the central part of the South Island, deep in the heart of the Southern Alps. Aoraki Mount Cook village lies within the park with Twizel the nearest town outside.

Arthur's Pass National Park

Bridal Veil Falls
Arthur's Pass is situated on a historical road between Canterbury on the east and the wild West Coast; high mountains with large scree slopes feature along with wide braided rivers and steep gorges.

Taranaki - Egmont National Park

Lake Dive hut
Taranaki - Egmont is one of the most accessible of New Zealand's national parks. It can be found on the western coast of the North Island. The nearest towns are New Plymouth, Inglewood, Stratford and Opunake.

Fiordland National Park

Lake Alabaster Hollyford Track
Fiordland National Park is a vast, remote wilderness that is is a land apart, spectacular, overwhelming and virtually uninhabited. It is also the heart of the World Heritage Area.

Kahurangi National Park

Splugeons Rock
Kahurangi National Park has many places, it is an untracked wilderness, elsewhere a wonderful network of tracks lets you explore wild rivers, high plateaux and alpine herbfields, and coastal forests.

Mount Aspiring National Park

Kea Dart-Rees Valley
Mt Aspiring National Park straddles the southern end of the Southern Alps. The closest towns are Wanaka, Queenstown, Glenorchy and Te Anau. It is one of New Zealand's larger parks at 355,543 hectares and it lies alongside the largest, Fiordland National Park

Nelson Lakes National Park

Lake Rotoiti
Nelson Lakes National park protects 102,000 hectares of the northern most Southern Alps. The park offers tranquil beech forest, craggy mountains, clear streams and lakes both big and small.

Paparoa National Park

Paparoa National Park ,Its boundaries were carefully chosen not just to protect the area's forests and minerals but also a full range of ecosystems from the mountaintops to the coast.

Rakiura National Park

Freshwater Track
Rakiura National Park on Stewart Island is the 14th of our national parks.  Covering about 157,000ha Rakiura National Park makes up about 85 percent of the island.  

Te Urewera National Park

Lake Waikaremoana
Te Urewera National Park is a remote, rugged, immense, Te Urewera contains the largest forested wilderness remaining in the North Island. It is famous for its lakes and forested beauty as well as its stormy history.

Tongariro National Park

Red Crater Tongariro
Tongariro National Park is a place of extremes and surprises, a place to explore and remember. From herb fields to forests, from tranquil lakes to desert-like plateau and active volcanoes - Tongariro has them all. Tongariro is New Zealand's oldest national park and a dual World Heritage area. This status recognises the park's important Maori cultural and spiritual associations as well as its outstanding volcanic features. It is a place of extremes and surprises, a place to explore and remember. From herb fields to forests, from tranquil lakes to desert-like plateau and active volcanoes - Tongariro has them all.

Westland / Tai Poutini National Park

Mt Sefton Footstool
Westland / Tai Poutini National Park extends from the highest peaks of the Southern Alps to the remote beaches of the wild West Coast. Westland Tai Poutini National Park extends from the highest peaks of the Southern Alps to the remote beaches of the wild West Coast. Its eastern boundary is shared with Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park yet it could not look more different , situated as it is on the 'wet side' of the Alps. Like Aoraki/Mount Cook, Westland is also part of Te Wāhipounamu South - West New Zealand World Heritage Area.

Whanganui National Park

 

The Whanganui River winds its way from the mountains to the Tasman Sea through countless hills and valleys. Lowland forest surrounds the river in its middle and lower reaches - the heart of Whanganui National Park.

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