Read more by Leonie Freeman in collaboration with Department of Conservation

Mount Aspiring National Park: aspiring to greatness

Mount Aspiring – known to Māori as Tititea, ‘steep peak of sparkling white’ – is one of New Zealand’s highest...


The end of the rainbow in Mount Aspiring National Park. © Rick Schwartz

Egmont National Park: the shining mountain

Seen from above, the Egmont National Park on the western coast of the North Island forms almost a perfect circle,...

Rakiura National Park: glowing skies

Rakiura is New Zealand's most recently formed national park and exudes all the charm of a world on its own.

Whanganui National Park: the magic river

The legend of how the Whanganui River came to be is truly befitting of such a magical place.

Aoraki Mount Cook Village walks

There are several fantastic walks around the village that provide views of Aoraki Mount Cook and the surrounding native alpine...

Cape Foulwind Walkway

Explore this spectacular walkway which features a seal colony, a lighthouse and also provides panoramic views of mountains and coastline.

Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tūawe Valley Walk

Get spectacular glacier views along the track and from the viewing area.

Franz Josef Glacier Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere Walk

Follow a rocky riverbed path then climb to the Franz Josef Glacier viewing area.

Kāpiti Island tracks and walks

Enjoy listening to and spotting birds on walks in two areas on the island open to the public: Rangatira, halfway...

Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway

Situated at the base of the Coromandel Range, the Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway follows the old railway line between Paeroa...


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