New Zealand’s national parks
Travel New Zealand – National parks
Motorhome camping New Zealand – Wild camping
New Zealand’s national parks. New Zealand’s 29 regions stretch more than 1,600 kilometres across two main islands.
Each destination is distinctive in character, and with the country being so compact, you can easily visit several on your motorhome holiday.
New Zealand’s 14 national parks embrace more than 30,000 square kilometres of scenic beauty. Traveling between them on your motorhome holiday is a fantastic way to explore the nature and beauty of New Zealand.
For many visitors, discovering the unique natural wonders of our national parks is the sole reason for their motorhome holiday. Spending time in New Zealand’s national parks and you’ll begin to understand the roots of the country. Their national parks are treasured and preserve our natural heritage, forests, wildlife and landscapes, as it was before people arrived in New Zealand. From alpine peaks and glaciers, to rainforests and beaches – the National Parks of New Zealand will inspire, excite and enthral. New Zealand’s national parks. Whether you want to escape civilisation on a five-day backcountry hike, kayak your way around a sheltered bay or catch a sightseeing glacier flight, the opportunities in New Zealand’s National Parks are endless.
The Department of Conservation (DOC) manages over 250 public camping areas on conservation land throughout New Zealand making camping easy for motorhome travelers. Located in some of New Zealand’s most beautiful regions, these campsites usually don’t have an on-site manager and are operated on a trust basis. Tents, vans, motorhomes and caravans are all welcome on DOC conservation campsites. Facilities are typically minimal and basic, but fees are very reasonable – sometimes free. There are three grades of DOC campsites and the level of facilities and the cost will vary accordingly.
Price range: Between NZD$0 and $19 per person, per night depending on the type of campsite.
New Zealand’s national parks
Abel Tasman – Known as the finest coastal walk in the country with golden beaches and sculptured granite cliffs surrounded by diverse native forest. Featuring the Abel Tasman Coast Track Great Walk.
Aoraki/Mount Cook – New Zealand’s great alpine park with the highest mountains and the largest glaciers.
Arthur’s Pass – A park of contrasts, with dry beech/tawhai forest in the east and luxuriant rainforest on western slopes.
Egmont – Dominated by the 2518m high volcanic peak of Mt Taranaki (also known as Mt Egmont), which offers a challenging climb and spectacular views.
Fiordland – One of the great wilderness areas of the Southern Hemisphere with The Kepler, Milford and Routeburn tracks, each highlighting different aspects of this spectacular park.
Kahurangi – Covering the West Coast at the top of the South Island it includes the Heaphy Track, the longest of the country’s Great Walks.
Mount Aspiring – Straddling the southern end of the Southern Alps it’s a walker’s paradise and a must for mountaineers. The three largest of 100 glaciers in the region flank Mount Aspiring itself.
Nelson Lakes – Protects the northern-most Southern Alps and offers tranquil beech forest, craggy mountains, clear streams and lakes both big and small.
Paparoa – Most famous for the Pancake Rocks and blowholes of Dolomite Point, near the settlement of Punakaiki.
Rakiura National Park – Explore pristine beaches, sheltered inlets, and coastal forest, and see seals, penguins, kiwi, weka and many other birds. Makes up about 85 percent of Stewart Island/Rakiura.
Te Urewera – Most famous for its remote, rugged forest and lakes, it includes the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk.
Tongariro – A dual World Heritage area and a place of extremes and surprises; featuring active volcanoes and the Tongariro Northern Circuit Great Walk.
Westland Tai Poutini – Extends from the highest peaks of the Southern Alps to the rugged and remote beaches of the wild West Coast.
Whanganui – Tramping tracks through wild lowland forests and river trips down the mighty Whanganui are popular activities.
For more information on each of the National Parks visit the Department of Conservation.