Southland region

Entrance to Rakiura National Park

Entrance to Rakiura National Park

Map of New Zealand highlighting the Southland region.

Rakiura National Park opened in 2002 and is the 14th of New Zealand's national parks. The park covers about 157,000 hectares and makes up about 85 percent of Stewart Island/Rakiura. 

It encompasses a network of former nature reserves, scenic reserves, and state forest areas. Although the island lies only 30 kilometres south west of Bluff, between latitudes 46 and 47 degrees south, it exudes all the charm of a world on its own.

The sunrises and sunsets in soft southern light are amazing. Visitors can explore pristine beaches, sheltered inlets, and coastal forest, and see seals, penguins, kiwi, weka and many other birds. There are also opportunities for hunting, fishing, boating, cruises and scenic flights.

Location

Rakiura National Park is located on New Zealand's Stewart Island/Rakiura.
 
 

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Contacts

Rakiura National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 219 0009
Address:   15 Main Road
Stewart Island
Email:   stewartisland@doc.govt.nz
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Murihiku / Invercargill Office
Phone:      +64 3 211 2400
Email:   invercargill@doc.govt.nz
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