The Natural Beauty of New Zealand

New Zealand is without doubt one of the most naturally stunning places on Earth and as such it attracts thousands of visitors each year, all keen to experience the spectacular views and wonders.

National Parks

There are thirteen national parks throughout the country, highlighting some of the most impressive scenery the country has to offer. Over 30,000 square kilometers wait to be explored, from the deep blue glacial waters of Nelson Lakes, to the pancake rocks, caves and canyons of Paparoa.

  • Fiordland – Snowcapped mountains, epic fjords and waterfalls. Partake in three of the “Great walks” through the surrounding rain forest, or take a trip in a kayak.
  • Raikiura – Also known as Stewart Island, is a land of jungle, sand dunes and rocky mountains. The sounds of the jungle paired with the spectacular sunsets and “southern lights” make this a magical place to visit.
  • Westland Tai Poutini – The land of Glaciers is a haven for cross country skiers and climbers. Witness the rapid retreat of the Fox Glacier and marvel at the sound of grinding ice.
  • Arthur’s Pass – The highest pass over the Southern Alps is a fantastic place for mountaineers and cross country skiers to enjoy. There’s also a train and road for those who prefer wheels over skis!
  • Mount Aspiring – A utopia for hikers, the area is full of long river valleys, forests and mountains.
  • Aoraki Mount Cook – Climbing, hiking and stargazing are all popular activities in this mountainous region, home to the tallest mountain in New Zealand.
  • Paparoa – Caves and wondrous rock formations lure people to this diverse national park.
  • Egmont – Rain forests, swamps, waterfalls and a volcano dubbed as New Zealand’s most climbed peak.
  • Whanganui – The longest waterway in the country offer fantastic kayaking trips and hikes.
  • Abel Tasman – Adventure paired with relaxation in this coastal park.
  • Tongariro – A land of contrast, volcanoes, hot springs and deep green lakes.
  • Kahurangi – Marble mountains, cave complexes and peaceful beaches can all be found in the second largest park.
  • Nelson Lakes – Surrounded by forest and steep mountains, this lake district offers easy and challenging hiking trails.

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