Kahurangi National Park Forecast including wind, rainfall, temperature, freezing level, avalanche risk advisory and elevation forecasts. Kahurangi 500 A 500km bikepacking loop in the Kahurangi National Park, linking the Old Ghost Road, Heaphy Track and Rameka Tracks. Three takahē have died after aerial 1080 predator control in Kahurangi National Park at the top of the South Island, one likely due to 1080 poisoning. The Department of Conservation looks after many hikers' huts(opens in new window) in the park. 20 species of carnivorous land snail (Powelliphanta) live in the park; they can sometimes be seen near limestone outcrops though they tend to only come out from hiding on damp nights to feed on native worms that can grow up to a metre long. Photo by russellstreet Geology The park covers a geologically complex area. There are toilets and an information centre. Several threatened species survive here, from the diminutive rock wren to the great spotted kiwi, one of New Zealand's largest birds. Kahurangi National Park is near the northwest corner of the South Island of New Zealand.At 4,520 km² (about 1750 sq mi) it is the second largest of New Zealand's 13 national parks. Find what to do today, this weekend, or in December. As well as giant land snails, you may encounter giant weta - don't hurt them, they're precious. 80% of New Zealand's alpine species can be found in the high reaches of the park. It was formally protected in 1994 with the creation of the Westhaven (Te Tai Tapu) Marine Reserve and the Westhaven (Whanganui Inlet) Wildlife Management Reserve. There is true wilderness in the park with wild rivers, coastal forest, and high plateaus. Mar 14, 2020 near Westport, NZ. Understand [] History []. The vegetation cover changes markedly from one side of the park to the other and from the coast to the tops of mountains. In 1846 Charles Heaphy, a draughtsman with the New Zealand Company, and Thomas Brunner were the first Europeans to tramp the north west coast of the park. There are 18 species of native New Zealand birds living in the park. Roads from all the gateway towns lead into carparks within the park and a network of tracks. Kahurangi National Park Guided Tours. Much of its rock is sedimentary, laid down in an ancient sea, then faulted, uplifted and scoured, in places, by glaciers. New Zealand’s oldest fossil – 540 million years old – was found in the park. Walkers on the famous Heaphy Track in Kahurangi National Park can enjoy a stroll along its southern reach. On the coast stands of nikau palms give the forest an almost tropical look. Heaphy Track. Caving expeditions usually involve the use of helicopters to transport equipment, supplies and cavers to the entry point. Deep in the wild heart of northern Kahurangi is a subalpine tableland that rises to 870m. The complex landforms of Kahurangi National Park attract fossil hunters, cavers and anyone with a fascination for geology. Southern Wilderness is a locally owned hiking company specializing in Gourmet Guided Walks in the Kahurangi, Abel Tasman and Nelson Lakes National Parks.. To get there, take the road from Collingwood towards Farewell Spit. Later well worn packtracks were built by those wanting easy access to the Aorere goldfield, New Zealand's first gazetted goldfield. Several threatened species survive here from the diminutive rock wren to one of New Zealand's largest birds - the great spotted kiwi. The bus service through to Christchurch can also drop people at a number of access points into the park. Hawkes Lookout, Kahurangi National Park. MTB Project is built by riders like you. It was gazetted in 1996 and covers 4,529 square kilometres (1,749 sq mi), ranging to near Golden Bay in the north. Find all the transport options for your trip from Kahurangi National Park to Nelson right here. 'Kahurangi' itself means 'treasured possession', and with a huge range of native bird species, subtropical rainforest, and complex geological formations, it is easy to understand why. Mar 14, 2020 near Westport, NZ. It’s now over six weeks since the first 18 takahē took flight (so to speak) to their new home in Kahurangi National Park. Diverse and wild, Kahurangi is an enticing world of marble mountains and peaceful, palm-fringed beaches. 80% of New Zealand's alpine species can be found in the high reaches of the park. The park staged the location for Dimrill Dale and the outcrop south of Rivendell. The weather in Kahurangi is generally warm but may be distorted by strong western winds entering from the Tasman Sea. Many are suitable for experienced kayakers only, but commercial rafting tours are available. Located in the Nelson/Tasman and West Coast regions, Kahurangi National Park brochure (PDF, 593K). We use cookies to provide you with a better experience on this site. This park is famous for the setting of Rivendell in Lord of the Rings. There are many shorter walks in the park, which begin at access roads leading from Karamea, Takaka, Murchison and Motueka. Several species of native land snail may also be encountered. Aug 6, 2015 near Takaka, NZ. Kahurangi National Park The meaning behind the name ‘Kahurangi’ is ‘treasured possession’, the perfect way to describe New Zealand’s second-largest national park, spanning 450,000 hectares from Golden Bay in the North, to Murchison in the South, right across to the spectacular and wild West Coast. Mangarakau Swamp is relatively pristine freshwater swamp at the southern end of the Whanganui Inlet, south of Farewell Spit on the west coast. Kahurangi is the second largest park in New Zealand. 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