Westland Tai Poutini National Park
Sharing a border with Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, Westland National Park has a diverse landscape - ranging from thick rainforest to the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers. Comprising part of the Te Wahipounamu South West New Zealand World Heritage Area, Westland National Park is recognised by UNESCO as a significant ecological location.
Located midway down the South Island’s West Coast, Westland National Park encompasses the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers.
Getting to Westland National Park
Accommodation in Westland National Park
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Activities in Westland National Park
- Walking & Hiking
- Scenic flights
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- The West Coast is known as the wet side of the alps, and is often rainy. Remember to bring wet weather gear if visiting the region.
- In the backcountry, weather is alpine-moderated. Bring appropriate climbing gear if venturing further inland.
- The West Coast can be hot and humid in the summer. Remember to bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and insect repellent!
Wildlife in Westland National Park
As well as forest dwellers such as tui, bellbird and fantail, wetland birds thrive in this environment.
A highlight for bird-lovers is the stunning kotuku (white heron).
Westland Tai Poutini National Park Visitor Centre
Ph: +64 3 752 0796