Area: 452,000 hectares
A large wilderness park accessible from Nelson or the West Coast,
with mountains, rivers, lakes, karst land forms, forest, tussock down
lands, alpine herb fields and coastline. Offers some of New Zealand's
best tramping, from rugged wilderness routes to well known tracks,
including the Wangapeka, Heaphy, Cobb Valley and Mt. Arthur Tablelands.
Mountaineering, hunting, fishing, caving, rafting.
This is probably the park with the most diverse landscapes, geology and
flora. Gentle creeks, snow capped peaks, limestone formations, podocarps
and beech forests are accessible through a network of tracks ranging
from a gentle stroll to bush bashing in rugged back country. Tramping
opportunities are endless on various terrain. Accommodation is very
diverse too, from comfortable lodges to rock shelters, old cosy huts or
your own tent.