National Parks

Tongariro was New Zealand’s first national park. The mountain peaks of Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu were a gift from Ngati Tuwharetoa in 1887. This was 15 years after the world’s first national park, Yellowstone was created in the United States.


National parks are places set aside to protect natural landscapes and native plants and animals forever. They are really big – 10,000 hectares or more. Protection comes first but they are also places for people to enjoy. GO visit some of them (just don’t damage them), We also have underwater national parks - they are called marine reserves!

Forest & Bird

Parks and Recreation
Information and maps for parks and reserves, tracks, hunting, huts and campsites.

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