123ArticleOnline Logo
Welcome to 123ArticleOnline.com!
ALL >> Travel >> View Article

New Zealand's National Parks - South Island

Profile Picture
By Author: Seb Jay
Total Articles: 12
Comment this article
Facebook ShareTwitter ShareGoogle+ ShareTwitter Share

New Zealand's South Island is home to no less than ten National Parks, and given the extent of the wild and rugged landscape it is perhaps a wonder that there are not more. If you ever wanted to experience a natural paradise where mountains, lakes, fjords and beaches are all within a few minutes of each other, New Zealand's South Island is the place to visit - it really has it all.

Beginning a short distance away from the regional airport at Nelson the most northerly (and the smallest) of the ten parks is Abel Tasman National Park. It is a park that combines coastal beauty with spectacular inland scenery and is perfect for a diverse range of activities, from sunbathing and sea kayaking to hiking and mountain biking. Tracking the granite and marble rock formations as they interchange with pure golden sands next to a warm transparent sea is an experience not to be missed.

Almost adjoining Abel Tasman on its western fringes is the much larger Kahurangi National Park. This park takes in the Tasman Mountains and the land to the west of the mountain range right down to the Tasman Sea coastline. It is a magical ...
... and mystical place that is highly prized by the Maori, its jagged rock formations attracting hikers and fossil hunters from around the globe. At its southern extent beyond Mt Owen is another small park area - Nelson Lakes National Park.

Sculpted by glaciers many thousands of years ago Nelson Lakes National Park comprises of a number of mountain ranges and associated valleys, along with two exquisite lakes - Lake Rotoiti and Lake Rotoroa. Much of the area is forested with honeydew beech trees. Between January and April each year the honeydew sap oozes from the tree bark filling the air with a sweet scent. From a distance the forest can be seen to 'glisten' in the sun.

Between Westport and Greymouth along the South Island coastline resides the youngest National Park - Paparoa National Park. Created in 1987 Paparoa is a visual feast of rock, water and lowland rainforest. One of the most dramatic sights are the limestone 'Pancake Rocks' through which seawater periodically blasts itself up through blowholes.

Moving back inland to the south we find Arthur's Pass National Park, home to the highest pass over the Southern Alps. The landscape is wild and dramatic here, and in keeping with its drama you can spend time hiking across ancient braided river beds.

Following the spine of the Southern Alps further towards the southwest is Mt Cook National Park and nearby Westland National Park. Home to New Zealand's highest mountain and remotest beaches, these two national parks serve up some of the most spectacular scenery on the South Island.

Mount Aspiring and Fiordland further to the south are the largest National Parks in New Zealand. Mount Aspiring is a rugged wilderness in which hikers and mountaineers can enjoy the best of the Southern Alps. Fiordland is perhaps one of the most hauntingly beautiful places on Earth, where water, mountain, sky and forest come together in a natural crescendo that is like nowhere else in this world.

Stewart Island off the main New Zealand coastline is the location of the most southerly National Park in New Zealand - Rakiura National Park. Only 1500 miles north of Antarctica, Rakiura is a natural paradise of primitive landscapes unspolit by human influences. If you want to be at peace with nature Rakiura National Park is the place to be.

About the Author Seb Jay is a professional copywriter specializing in the origination of web content for http://www.your-carhire.com

Total Views: 96Word Count: 598See All articles From Author

Add Comment

Travel Articles

1. Welcome The Monsoon With A Weekend Family Trip
Author: Pawar Travels

2. Deadline For Issuing Umrah Permits Is June 23: Saudi Ministry
Author: Muminah Tannous

3. How To Make Your Rental Wedding Transport Stand Out And The Best Tips To Choose A Vintage Wedding Car
Author: Premier Carriage

4. Everything You Need To Know About Wedding Transport And Why Your Big Day Could Be Even Better With Wedding Bus Hire
Author: Premier Carriage

5. Waaromzijn De Goedkopefaciliteiten Van Taxi Amsterdam Goedkoop De Beste Op De Markt?
Author: Amsterdam Taxibus

6. Have A Trembling Experience Of Island Peak Climbing In Nepal
Author: adventurealtitudetreks

7. Is That Trek With A Guide Will Be An Adventure
Author: adventurealtitudetreks

8. Air Ticketing Software
Author: williamsmith

9. Major Things To Keep In Mind While Finding Accommodation In Dursley
Author: Amery Ortego

10. Experience Trekking In Chopta And Check Out The Beauty Of Uttarakhand
Author: Yogesh

11. Make Your Travel Unforgettable With The Luxury Car Hire!
Author: ajaytraveldpk

12. The Most Iconic Holiday Destination In India
Author: Ajay Modi Travels

13. Package Tour Software
Author: williamsmith

14. Everything You Need To Know About Refrigerated Transport In The Uk – How It Works And Why It's So Important
Author: KCharles Haulage

15. Haulage Companies In The Uk – How To Ensure You Get The Best Out Of Your Logistics Experience
Author: KCharles Haulage

Login To Account
Login Email:
Forgot Password?
New User?
Sign Up Newsletter
Email Address: