Kahurangi National Park
View of Mount Arthur
In May 1996, the Prime Minister officially opened
Kahurangi National Park at a ceremony in the Cobb
Valley. The stone commemorating the event can be found among
the outcrops of rock at the head of the Cobb
Reservoir. Kahurangi is the next largest National Park after
Fiordland. It is a great empty land of high mountains, steep limestone
escarpments and dark valleys.
It stretches from the base of Farewell
Spit in the north to Murchison in the south, and from the Heaphy
River in the west to Tapawera in the east. A portion of the
park, the 'Wilderness Area' is untracked and will remain so, with
no concessions to human access or comfort.
Kahurangi is home to many endemic species of
plants, it has the largest range of flora of any of the New Zealand
National Parks, hosting many South Island and North Island species.
It is home to several species of the endangered giant land snail,
Powelliphanta, and has a thriving population of the Great Spotted
No matter where you go in GOLDEN BAY, you are
never far from Kahurangi; the Cobb Valley
is the most popular access into the Park, followed by the world
famous Heaphy Track. Other entrances
include the Kildevil Track, the Anatoki
Track, the Parapara Peak Track, the Aorere
Goldfields, Boulder Lake and many others.
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