Forest parks of New Zealand

The forest parks of New Zealand are on public land administered by the Department of Conservation. These are defined as Conservation Parks.

Kaweka Forest Park in New Zealand

Forest parks have a less stringent level of protection than National Parks and they are used for a wide variety of recreational and commercial activities.[1]

Some forest parks have recently been renamed conservation parks, for instance, the former 'Whirinaki Forest Park' which became the 'Whirinaki Te Pua-a-Tāne Conservation Park' in 2010.

List of Forest Parks

A large portion of what is now Kahurangi National Park was formerly much of the North-west Nelson Forest Park.

See also


  1. "National Parks and Reserves". Statistics New Zealand. Archived from the original on 7 June 2011. Retrieved 5 September 2008.