Westland Tai Poutini National Park (established 1960) extends from the highest peaks of Kā Tiritiri o te Moana/Southern Alps to the remote beaches of the wild West Coast. It is an area of magnificent primeval vistas; snow-capped mountains, glaciers, forests, tussock grasslands, coast, lakes, rivers and wetlands.
This world-class scenic landscape has been recognised as such with World Heritage status. It is part of the Te Wāhipounamu South-West New Zealand World Heritage Area, along with Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park to the east, and Fiordland and Mt Aspiring National Parks further south.
Image supplied by the Department of Conservation. Photographer Bruce Postill.