Westland Tai Poutini National Park, also known as “Glacier Country” extends from the highest peak of the Southern alps to a wild, remote coastal area. It’s the only place in New Zealand where glaciers come in such a close contact with the ocean. Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers are the main highlights of the park.
Likewise, the entire park is weaved out of an impressive network of terrains, leading people to diverse and unique habitats, temperate rainforests, scenic lakes, contrasting tussock grasslands and wetlands. Furthermore, It offers visitors a bunch of adventurous activities such as kayaking adventures across the Lake Matheson and Mapourika and hunting opportunities for red deer, chamois, and tahr. Westland Tai Poutini National Park also serves shelter to several endangered bird species such as Kakariki, Kaka, Rowi as well as the South Island’s native parrot-Kea.
- Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers are often the primary reason for the visit of many visitors.
- The park features a prolific birdlife, making it a birdwatcher’s paradise.
- The mountain ranges of southern alps are highly admired by the Maori people
- Being situated on the Western coast of South Island, the park is prone to heavy rainfalls.
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