Kahurangi National Park
In the Maori language, Kahurangi means ‘treasured possession’. The well-graded Heaphy Track crosses the park and is the longest of the Department of Conservation’s ‘Great Walks’. The Heaphy Track is certainly a trail to be treasured as it passes through some of the oldest rocks, most varied plants and rarest birds in New Zealand.
This is an ideal tramper’s park with easy access roads and 250 km of cut and marked tracks linking 30 huts. The park includes all 5 species of beech in New Zealand as well as the common podocarps; rimu, totara, matai, miro and kahikatea. Rare birds that are present include blue duck, yellow-crowned parakeet,
kaka and kiwis.
Discover this beautiful park for yourself – it’s by far too good to bypass
Nelson Lakes National Park is located in the northernmost ranges of the Southern Alps. Although best-known for it’s lakes both large and small, this 102,000 hectare park offers tranquil beech forest, craggy mountains, clear streams, open tussock lands and river-edge clearings.
The Marlborough Sounds are best explored on water, with a range of cruises and activities from a self-guided kayak excursion to a chartered luxury yacht. There are four Sounds that link together to make the Marlborough Sounds each offering a different experience; the Queen Charlotte, Pelorus, Kenepuru and Mahau.