World Heritage sites have huge cultural and natural values for everyone, and you can see the three that are valued most in New Zealand – Tongariro National Park, the Subantarctic Islands and Te Wahipounamu.
Tongariro National Park, which is still volcanically active, is formed by three mountains: Tongariro,Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe and was established as a world heritage site in the 1990s. Its walking trails can range from as short as short walks through the forests or as long as eight hour walks in the Tongariro Crossing.
The Subantarctic Islands are made up of five island groups- Antipodes Islands, the Bounty Islands, Auckland Islands, Snares Islands, and Campbell Island and are home to many rare species, of which 5 birds out of the 126 bird species do not breed anywhere else in the world.
Te Wahipounamu is one not to miss. It offers scenic flights above beautiful mountains, forests and glaciers, which can land on top of the snow and ice,and jet boat rides around the river just adds to the excitement, while also learning about why Te Wahipounamu is considered a world heritage site. There are several walking tracks and hiking trails available in the area which will lead you into valleys and mountain passes and you can see the stunning Tasman Glacier.
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